2009 Poetry Theme Challenges

#10 Summer Love/
Michael Jackson

Last week saw the passing of an icon I have known all my life, Michael Jackson. As it happens I had chosen one of his songs, 'Farewell My Summer Love', as a prompt for this weeks challenge before the news hit the world.


So this week a double challenge. The first is summer love, that brief fling or holiday romance. Is there a budding Shirley Valentines out there? The atmosphere and heat of the summer combined with being away from the reality of work and everyday generate a different image of love. Perhaps it did last beyond the beach and heady sunsets! Or did those promised letters never arrive?

And the second, if poets so wish, a tribute to the showman Michael was. No matter how strange his private life he was a showman. His death is a sad loss to the world of music and art. Or perhaps a tribute to someone else who was an icon in your life as Michael was in mine. For me, I simply leave the words to a song that has been with me for so many years..


Happy quilling


Summer Love/
Michael Jackson
Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

Mister magic
Love's Seasons

Divena Collins

Calming Of The Waters
Four High Seasons
Hearts Burn
I Shall Be There
Whispering Breeze

Jem Farmer

Le Visage d'une Fille
Summer Love
When The Goddess Called

Ryter Roethicle

Days Will Come
I know
Just Shadows
Learning to Love
You have
X for the loser

Nia Wynne

Like a Frefly
Summer Buds
Where Dragons Die

Maryse Achong

Mister Magic

One man with many titles he could claim;
He was the King of Pop, but there was more…
Poor Little Rich Boy could have been his name,
The Prince of Pain for all the hurt he bore;
A Peter Pan, a misfit to the core,
But able still to sing and dance his way
Into the hearts of people, that's for sure;
He's gone and everyone will have a say,
But you deserve to rest in peace now Michael J.


Love's Seasons

A summer love can sometimes turn
Into a gentle autumn glow
That endures through the winter's snow,
And blooms afresh with spring's return.

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Divena Collins

Calming Of The Waters

How calm is the sea on this moonlit night,
gentle breezes dance o`er a rippling ocean,
shimmering thro`waters most visual sight
a calm, gliding, of a boat in motion,
where two lovers gaze, in tranquil devotion.
in a World of their own, deeply in love
a beautiful fantasy locked in emotion,
the closeness they feel, from the stars high above,
both enchanted by moonlight, and the calmness thereof.


The Four High Seasons


Spring awakens, to sweet bird song,
and bulbs sprout up, towards sun,
children playing, having fun
daylight is meant to prolong.


The sun at it`s hottest today,
off to the beach they will go,
with pretty maids, all in a row
in a summer beauty display.


Leaves of trees begin to fall,
yellow, red, and russet brown.
ripening fruits, in forest found
country scenery, to enthral.


I wandered over hill, and dales,
thro`forests, and fields once gold,
climbed high, snowy mountains bold,
and the cold north wind prevails.


Hearts Burn

All is lost, I am no more
for my heart has broke in half,
what had started with a laugh,
now has hurt my feelings sore.

I dont know, which way to turn
tell me why is love so cruel,
plays with words, a poets fuel
as treasured feelings burn

Why, do lovers make me cry,
Is it all a horendous game,
can it ever be quite the same,
will there ever be, a you, and I.


I shall be there

I shall be there, forever for you.
in heart, spirit, desirous dreams
fantasies that reign supreme,
one day will then become true.

I shall be there, to hold your hand
to lead you thro`loves paradise,
that`s only seen through misty eyes.
in a distant and tranquil land.

I shall be there, dearest one
if you will be there for me,
in love for all of eternity,
which is never to be undone.


Whispering Breeze

A Whispering summer breeze
that dances `neath the bowers,
where pretty, foxglove flowers
gently kiss the Willows leaves.

The morning sun hath arisen,
to a magical dew kissed scene,
of pinks, and yellows, and green
natures finest gifts, are given.

As wild birds awaken in song,
from highest bough in the trees,
in the softest whispering breeze
. on this earth all summer long.

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Jem Farmer

Le Visage d'une Fille


Sent la pluie comme un ete anglais.
Comme les notes d'une chanson lointaine
Sortant de derriere d'un poster esperant
Que la vie ne fut si longue.

Steve Strange


Sent la pluie comme un ete anglais
The masks of unshed tears are laid to rest
as deeper truth unfolds between the screams
and pain of years amid my secret dreams
released by solemn words, so long repressed.
Feel the rain like an English summer

Comme les notes d'une chanson lointaine

I hear her voice across the sands of time
the songs remain as dreams to soothe my heart
when words of rage are said to tear apart
my mind. My love of 'she' is not a crime.
Hear the notes of a distant song

Sortant de derriere d'un poster esperant

I walk in freedom, proud of who I am,
the ghosts of guilt no longer haunt my soul,
this masquerade must end, the truth my goal
and bias means nothing, who gives a damn?
Stepping out from a backdrop poster

Que la vie ne fut si longue.

If only 'she' were here beside me now
I feel 'her' love, in faith 'she' keeps me strong
I'll not complain that life is dull or long
a promise made, it's time to keep that vow.
Wishing life wouldn't be so long


Summer Love 1

The summer sun invites our lips to kiss,
the warmth of love is calling from the sea,
as passion brewed over strawberry tea,
can love linger beyond a season's bliss.
The crimson nights we shared along the beach,
as sun sets down beneath the ocean curl,
our tactile hearts' intent upon the sands unfurl,
can lover linger beyond a season's reach?


When the Goddess Called my Name

No love could breathe around my blackened soul,
that night I looked to vivid lunar skies,
a lonely wind of change as life took toll,
I heard the pipes of Pan and whispered sighs.
Where witches dance to Nature's true devise,
the mystic Lady came and called my name,
and magic dreams began to fill my eyes.
Oh Queen of silver light my heart is tame,
this summer night which sparked my soul's eternal flame.

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Ryter Roethicle

Days Will Come

The days will come the days will go
The hands of time move on and on
Counting weeks as they pass anon
The years will pass not fast, nor slow.

Eternity's silver torch has shone
And in due time our love will grow
The days will come the days will go
The hands of time move on and on.

The sun has died and there's only snow
At the end of time when all is gone
Our souls will smile having lived on
Our love outlasted the world below.


I know

If I search in the stars above.
Somewhere in the mists of time
We met and shared, you were mine
I know that I have met my love

Somewhere in the mists of time
When fates decree to be sublime
I know that I have met my love
And have a life others dream of

When fates decree to be sublime
We're united by the stars above
And have a life others dream of
A union that has become so fine

We're united by the stars above
Separated by a different clime
A union that has become so fine
Yet secure in that knowledge of

Separated by a different clime
Knowing in time heavens move
Yet secure in that knowledge of
This love became ever so prime

Knowing in time heavens move
Somewhere in the mists of time
This love became ever so prime
I know that I have met my love.


Just Shadows

See as we walk the way our shadows hold hands
The way they blend and merge as we wander
The sun creating images out of golden bands
Making them more real than us we wonder.
And having joined cannot be pulled asunder
The absence of body is this what reality means?
What is reality, is it all just a casual blunder
This unity of souls this apotheosis of scenes
If that is reality, I wonder what are dreams?


Learning to Love

Our bodies and minds are conditioned by life
Open your heart before love says goodbye
Showing emotion and not be stoic in strife
To learn to love, you must first learn to cry
For too long now, my heart had been awry
Slowly through you, I'm now learning to weep
Thankfully now that love is in great supply
Not tears or sobs and nights spent without sleep
Now tears of joy as loves nightly vigil we keep.

But now it's become time for you to cry
For too long now you have held pain inside
It's now time for you to waive it all goodbye
Along another's path you must learn to ride
At the same time taking on another's stride
Now I'm here holding you close as you sob
Look in my eyes, see there is nothing denied
As anger and frustration from inside we rob
Then moving closer we feel hearts throb.


You Have

You have become a presence in my mind.
I do not like it, for no longer is my mind free
My thoughts once controlled and simple kind
Instead, my waking time is taken up with thee
Of the future, of love and of you and me
In my minds eye I see you everywhere
And think of things that could just be
In thoughts so different to what was there
With thoughts about someone for who I care


X for the loser

How can my heart be trusted again?
Too easy I gave it and now its back
It once was red but now it's black
Like it's been dragged along a dirty plain.

The memories I hope time will erase
But times were good, you gave me hope
Those sugared words, made me a dope
I realise now you were just a craze.

The spoils of war are at your feet
It was not love I realise it now
Or even lust, that I would allow
I finally admit you have me beat.



Each time we love I ascend into heaven
For a while I live with the moon and stars
Then I become a flaming meteor, a certain
Cast off from some remote, distant quasar
Not just a reject from nearby planet Mars.
Finally I land back on earth happily spent
But now I can't give up what's so easily ours
I am addicted to you, yet I am content
Knowing that my fix will be ever present..

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Nia Wynne

Like a Firefly

Like a firefly in a fourth of July sky
You shown brighter than all of the other rockers,
Other rockers, dancers, singers gave little sighs,
So little their talents matched the smartness of yours.
Sensations of perfection touched clouds, so high,
You never thought the sum of it was a quasar,
Star like being sending out radio waves, pi
Of energy evincing rounds of applause's;
So sad you now are lost to the sky, sad causes.


Summer Buds

A summer love has opened new
Bringing a scent to delight,
More blush to cheeks, now rose bright,
As soft words touch, like lips, pink hued.


Where Dragons Die

My soul is in the sky where dragons go to die
And alight the heavens with another bold star,
Always watching and waiting for others to fly,
With myself amongst them, in spirit, from afar.
The journey begins when gliding for take off to summer
Lakes of crystal blue, flying a small globe
In an infinitesimal universe, spar
Of lighthouse on the rocky shore, in earthly robe
Strewn with many human candles that make her strobe. .

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