2009 Poetry Theme Challenges
Spirit of Flight by Josephine Wall
'The Spirit of Flight, the force responsible for the powers of movement of the wind and air, has gathered
around her all the flying things she loves. Birds, insects, flying fish, swirling leaves, seeds of dandelions
and sycamore trees, butterflies and fairies all dance around her in a grand array of wild free motion.'
Part of the joy of doing the theme challenges is the opportunity to look back over the themes that were set. So I thought why not revisit some of the older ones. This time we are going back to the first theme challenge I can find on the Garret, way back in 2006, 'Flight'.
Take a look at the original challenge - Poetry Flight Theme.
The challenge, take one of the poems posted and use it to inspire your own write. Please give credit to the original poem.
I will be posting lines and some images to further inspire the muse on inspiration corner
My heart is full of tender love
when my lover draws me near,
I thank the moon and stars above
for his affection I hold so dear.
Sweet love he whispers in my ear.
as he holds me close to his chest ,
my love for him I do so endear
I know we two are so blessed.
Spirits as one, on their final quest,
taking flight to the land of desires,
soaring upward to a tranquil rest.
to extinguish the flame of fires.
Two hearts both drift high to sing
Are flying gently without wings.
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To ride on Pegasus - the white winged horse,
I'd fly across the skies to be with you,
defining love, a mystic dream, of course,
where senses waken with the morning dew.
My Pegasus, his wings of shimmering sun,
I'd grasp his mane and ride the open sky,
to see the truth beyond the easy fun,
astride his back, my horse like love can fly,
can love be real or just another wasted lie?
In summer's lunar light - his words I weep?
To cast aside his love for beauty's touch,
as Siren whores with devilled fingers creep,
inside vacated heart of nothing much.
A scant desire that leads to bitter pain,
his twisted thoughts - my flights of ecstasy,
my first and last , my sun and winter's rain,
his words release my mind to liberty,
yet where his soul remains - his words have no mercy.
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Flying alone along the avenue of clouds
I welcome the silence and the solitude
The total absence of sound and crowds
So close, to heaven at this altitude
I feel a sense of awe, a change of mood
Looking up, I fly my craft along a street
First black then white, till blue is viewed
Being human, that challenge I cannot meet
Too high to far for a mere mortals feat.
Angels and Gods look from their heavenly height
Smiling at a mere mortal looking up at them
Not curious just amused by that simple sight
A wish to fly they had heard man mention
That wish to fly they could never condemn
They give to birds and insects a gift rare
Who has not heard their joy of ascension?
And the joy of man in flight they are aware
As they look down from their castles in the air.
My wings shall cover the tapestried earth
In addition, the shot blue silk of the sea
Flying high west seeing the sun give birth
The world so far below in my apogee
My wings ride the silken morn with glee
As I pattern the silent and sunlit sky
Under Cancer and Capricorn, envy me
For I'm flying where birds can never fly
My wings cover the world so easily
Soaring over the conquered mountain
Where cloud pennants unfurl so high
Over where I have ruled as sovereign
Wings quieter now sing softer songs in flight
Begining their decsent towards the night.
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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Come hold my hand, my love and keep me close,
tonight we'll fly together when we dream-
amidst the Milky Way our cloud-ship glows,
reflecting twinkling stars and Moon's cool beam.
Our flight will take us higher than jet's stream,
as hand in hand we'll rise above the spheres
until we'll reach that quiet plane supreme,
where pain and fear at last will disappear.
Stay by my side, my love, I'll dry your tears
and kiss away old worry-lines of doubt.
From now on life will leave sweet souvenirs
and we'll cast off all loneliness and drought.
As joined by hand and heart, we fly away,
when morning comes, it brings a bright new day.
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Half a dream came true when he opened his wings,
Inviting a friendship in the shadows of clouds
It seemed that half of love is all he could bring,
so with it flew a silken butterflies shroud
That should have been left on the muddy ground.
Giving up flight again once the earth met
With feet of ten thousand butterflies all around,
A great mass of life became a regret
Wishing for flight that only love would let.
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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