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July 2021 Poetry Challenge " A Reason to Smile" (2 Viewers)


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July 2021 Poetry Challenge

Hello everyone- I’m your new host, many of you may know me, some of you not, but rest assured that I’ll keep Lisa’s baby breathing and cooing. I may change a few things around from time to time but nothing major. This month is going to be a regular month. I’m thinking of only doing the anonymous once a month rather than every other week. I'll explain that later on in the bistro. So, tell your muse to start working and let your poetic story be heard. And remember the most important thing---Have fun… I know I’m a day early…


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The prompt for this month's challenge, as chosen by TuesdayEve and Jen is A reason to smile

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Chesters Daughter

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The Gift That Will Always Top Them All

If never
these weathered pads
get to tear through
gaily patterned paper
it's fine by me.

Department store fodder
meant for materialistic cattle
is nothing more than feed,
and we all know what remains
once it's digested.

Abodes, autos, boats,
and stacks of greenbacks
have zero value
to this savvy heart,
which took its licks to learn
when and when not
to yearn.

I am the grateful recipient
of the greatest gift of all,
a living, breathing son,
stashed somewhere safe
and gaining weight
while learning how
not to self-hate.

His stalwart efforts
to relocate his soul
repeatedly thwarted
by He
who designates the dole.

No man-made bauble
can outshine grace,
and every time I cup
his vibrant face
and gaze into eyes
no longer plagued
by a desire to die

the universe is mine

and his.

Let those in need
have their presents
of useless fluff

for against all odds
we still have each other
and on our plane
stripped of worldly trappings,
with or sans wrapping,
where the insistence to breathe
is the most exigent deed

being half of our duo
is much more than enough.

I love you, Matt,
keep buffing that rough
and continue to gift me
with every moment
of your earthly presence.


WF Veterans

paleolithic hunters

slew the last mammoth

neolithic farmers,

scratch the earth

with seeds of hope

barbarian blacksmiths

first sword smelted

that drew blood

first explorers

new land to exploit

for God, glory and gold

smiles don’t last

like a will-o’-wisp

in a drowned swamp,

smoke from fire-scorched

boreal forests

smiles fade in the swirling dust

lost empires

ziggurats of steel

and glass crumble


fortunes of mindless

corporate drones

when man’s futile

reign lost in rotting


of ten thousand centuries

collapses like a lanced boil

on earth mother’s ass.


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It started from the stomach,
grow, group, group,
I felt it growing in my chest,
It was the first time,
I can't describe the turmoil of emotions.
I can't even say how I felt.
I just know, I wanted it to never stop.

Sweet sound coming out of my mouth,
As gentle as the taste of a peach,
Clean as sweet sweet nectar, of an enchanted morning.

"What are you thinking about,» she asked, distracting me from my bubble of emotional passion.
«To life,» I replied, feeding on breaths
«Why?» She simply asked me
«Because breathing life is like a poem on the skin».


WF Veterans
Breaking Monday

It is a most hated day

with its melancholy mood
week on repeat

utterly hated
oft muttered o'er
it still comes 'round

there is no way out

or is there...

is it possible
that little whisp
a hint of doubt

there in the grocery line
in a smile
of absolute charm
that baby in the arms

pure joy
innocence alight

that calls a smile back

catch a glimpse
and maybe then
some can see

as that child sees...

wonders uncounted
colours to delight
impossible things
jumbles of questions
heaped left 'n right

look carefully
the mundane
those drab
Monday rotes

step away

let that baby teach you

how to see
how to reach
how to break Monday


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Dial a Smile

I want to Dial a Smile
like Uber or taxi


smile key on PC
on phone
auto-dial or speed dial
A SMILE app!

endless possibilities
pointless and otherwise


smiley posters on buildings
painted on pavements
for desolate people
lost in public spaces

smileys go places
when plastered on faces
Smiles – invite......
[virtual embraces]


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You said
"When I rest my head on your Iegs
for my final sleep
I hope to sense Lilac. "

I travel a thousand miles
to your flower covered grave
I thank invisible angels or wind or birds
for sprinking Lilac - scent around.



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Happy is the man
who needs no reason to smile,
when life with no hindrance
is reason enough.

Life writhes, connives, with twists
and unexpected turns
and though misfortunes stings can burn
the snake of life persists.

Laughter, joy and love, like pearls,,
are strung along the chain,
a counterbalance to the pain
as experience unfurls.


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