poetic journeys: elusive words

Silver rain falls
        in stinging skewers
                as I traipse

beneath street lamps.
        Their warm glow
                tosses haloes

over my head
        like ideas for poems.
                I hunch, cross my arms

over my Shetland wool
        sweater.  It's not that
                I'm against

the pyramid-slant
        of the watery slashes,
                the wrong words that splat

randomly on the empty page.
        I just wonder
                why the reams of water

in this cold air
        aren't snowflakes
                sprinkled like powdered sugar,

a smattering
        of white freckles
                on my florid cheeks,

pearl-like words
        on a blank
                blushing page.


“POETRY” Invitation: I invite you to write a poem of any poetic form on your own blog about a particular travel destination. Or you can write about travel in general. Concentrate on any intention you set for your poetry.

This poem is not necessarily related to travel, but it could be an expression of our journey through life and how we seek to capture it in words. To be honest, I ran out of time before I was scheduled to travel on my Canyon & Cactus Road trip, so I used a poem I wrote a long time ago. 🙂


You can either set your own poetic intentions, or use one of the prompts I’ve listed on this page: writing prompts: poetry. (This page is a work in process). You can also include photos, of course.

Include the link in the comments below by Thursday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. EST. When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, December 4, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, on the first Friday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!