Prickles under the skin:
stirring back to life
The path, precipitous
is a switchback staircase
its yawning emptiness
instils more awe
than the high crag.
‘I lost a lot of blood on the table’
she said, ‘I was tabled,’
I said, ‘I was scheduled’
I said ‘no’:
I bleed, I dance.
Feathers, flowers and silk screens
all those curtain calls
you’re all about the light,
I embrace it all.
Mother! I’m coming.
Mother! I’m staying behind.
whispering the wind.
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A Cadralor for Easter
Gleam magazine has a call for submissions to Issue 6 at the moment (closing 30th April). Most cadralore they publish are a lot longer than the three-line stanza form I like to write, so I’m playing with stretching it to five-line stanzas. I’ve not submitted this, as perhaps it is more narrative than imagistic, and perhaps there isn’t enough disconnect between each stanza. But it is a poem of Easter, and of rebirth, nonetheless.
I haven’t had much time for either reading or writing on WordPress recently, as I am busy with editing and cover design for the latest EIF publication: Re-create and Celebrate by Cindy Georgakas. Watch this space for the cover reveal, and more exciting news about the book!
Happy Easter to all those who celebrate,
Happy Easter, Ingrid. A visceral write and that last stanza is so moving. Good luck with submissions and Cindy’s book. Looking forward to it. ❤️
Happy Easter, Punam, and many thanks! 💛
¡¡Exquisita!! Felices Pascuas de Resurrección Ingrid. Abrazos
muchísimas gracias 🙏
These are beautiful and I echo Punam, so visceral and moving, Ingrid❣️
Can’t wait to hear, good luck!
Excited we’re getting there❣️ Happy Easter to you and the boys! 💞
Thank you – I am excited too! Happy Easter Cindy 💛
You’re so welcome Ingrid! So happy to hear that! Thanks so much! It was a full day of celebration and fun! Hope for you too! 💗
Gorgeous this beautiful poem that echoes with the call and taste of spring! I am excited to learn more about the book too. ❣️
Thank you Layla 😊
Had to revisit your poem after a busy day of Easter festivities. A pleasure to read you again. Creative and unexpected with several standout phrases. Love this! 💗 Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
I’m glad you enjoyed this, Michele. I am having a wonderful Easter, and hope you are, too 💛
The last stanza in particular resonates with me.
Thank you Liz!
You’re welcome, Ingrid.
I love stanza 5 especially. (K)
Thank you Kerfe.
Well,Ingrid, this works on my imagination – each stanza stand alone – the final, of everything – it does what poetry should, and your’s always, stays a while, and more – I don’t have the discipline to write to external form – or to write as one with another, as you with Nick – Archery in The UK – it really is quite something – I still figuring how on earth you two wrote this – enjoy this Easter Monday – today as a all days, a pleasure reading you.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Eric!
Very heart-touching poem, Ingrid. <3 I hope you enjoyed your Easter!
Thank you, Cheryl, I did! 😊
Beautiful and moving, Ingrid. I echo others with saying the final stanza was particularly poignant.
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and hope all is well.
Good luck with all your work!
Thank you, Merril, I have had a good but hectic Easter! I hope you have enjoyed family time at Passover 😊
You’re welcome, and thank you.
We did have some wonderful family time!