Embrace #poetry #poem

Embrace:
if ever there was a word
encompassing just about everything you need
to get by in life,
surely it were this:
embrace life with both arms
not only to succeed, but thrive:
feel yourself embraced by love
then
seal it
with a kiss.

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Written for dVerse

Merril is hosting dVerse Quadrille, and has asked us to write a poem of exactly 44 words featuring the word ‘Embrace.’ I spent a while trying to get the words into a heart shape, but block editor wasn’t having any of it, so I will try to post a heart-shaped poem on Instagram instead.

With love!
Ingrid

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  1. I so love the wisdom in this one, Ingrid! Yes, the word certainly harbors everything that’s required to get by in life❤️

  2. “then
    seal it
    with a kiss.”

    This is so profound. I don’t know how to describe the sensation I felt when I read those final lines. I can’t really say my heart dropped, but rather my emotions were stunned by the break in structure and as well the profundity of these words. Embracing life is a must to conquering it in our various ways, and we must embrace the love we have been given to keep going. That is true and it’s easy to forget the impact that our loved-ones have in our lives. They mean so much to us, they are why life is easier to embrace. A very beautiful and mesmerizing poem, Ingrid. It’s emotionally striking and evocative to me; I’m still recovering from the shock of those final lines… 👏👏👏👏

  3. Embrace:
    if ever there was a word encompassing
    just about everything you need to get by in life,
    surely it were this: embrace life with both
    arms not only to succeed, but thrive:
    feel yourself embraced by love
    then seal it
    with a
    kiss.

    If you centre this it looks like a heart! Well, on Word it does. It might work on WordPress with single line spacing.
    Embrace and encompass are such inclusive, huggy words! You need both arms to do them. :),

  4. I have tried to shape words into images too, without much success. Word processing stop gaps can be tedious.Your message comes through gang busters though, “Embrace” like “Love” is all we need.

  5. I think we all feel we’ve been prevented from embracing life in the past year. I know I miss the hugs of friends that used to end our times together. Such a simple gesture we took for granted, and will never take for granted again, I think.

      1. Here’s the submission guidelines. They may change a bit but it opens in July again. Pls sign up for the mailing list as I’ll be sending out an announcement prior to. Thanks, Ingrid!

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