Before we get started, Marie and I would like to remind you that all of our poet’s blogs are (or should be) featured on our DAISY CHAIN. We have recently added new links for the blogs of Hannah Gosselin, The Happy Amateur, Mary Mansfield and Oscar Sparrow (a talented fan of POETIC BLOOMINGS, and hopefully soon a contributor). Please check your own link to be assured it is updated and keeps your blog a viable destination. If you want yours included, please let us know where we can find it and we’ll be happy to oblige. And visit one another’s blogs to leave an encouraging word. A little support goes a long way.


This week we had asked you to choose a line from another poet’s piece and use that as your title/inspiration for a new poem. What I loved most about this exercise was the sense of community it helped build. In using these tidbits of inspired thought, we in a sense offered BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS of our own to the poets who were so selected. We said, “I found your words had reached me in a special way.”  And so, it is time for the BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS to be chosen. This week will provide a twist in our process. Marie and I will be offering TWO honors for each poem. One goes to the poet of the honored piece. The other is given to the poet whose work was taken to offer the creative nudge. And so, getting down to business…

Marie’s Selection:

This has been my favorite prompt to date.  Thank you for this, Walt.  I think we should revisit this idea from time-to-time.

My choice this week, Jane Shlensky’s captivating  Praying with One Eye Open, was stirred by Mary Mansfield’s Splash  from Prompt #37. Both Jane and Mary grace us regularly with the beauty of their words.  It gives me pleasure to be able to honor them together with a “Bloom.”

From Mary Mansfield’s “Splash”


Faith was not as blind as he let on
depending on belief with its eyes closed,
understanding without knowledge,
ears closed with palms
and voices raised
to stifle honest questions that
God can surely see.

Belief for her embodied studying,
asking and seeking,
sometimes finding,
always knocking and waiting,
reaching and waiting,
craving openings, vision and revision,
and praying from the deepest heart
for clear and useful answers,
still with one knee bent,
with one eye open
to see
the world.

Walt’s Inspired Tandem:

The work I have chosen was inspired by Elizabeth Johnson’s “BREATHE.” The angst of familial hardship plays out to a tender and loving solution in this poem by Kimiko Martinez. Faith in the ties that bind a family together was portrayed sweetly in what I have considered worthy of my BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS. Congratulations to Kimiko Martinez and Elizabeth Johnson for their efforts.

From Elizabeth Johnson’s “Breathe”

A LONG HOLD by Kimiko Martinez

His days were long.
Hers was too.

His was filled with
factory work, which
stuck to his face.

Hers was filled with
five children who
stuck to her legs.

Worried sighs drew
across his brow
as he sat at the dinner

table and whispered
to my mother about
bills and layoffs.

Worried eyes met
his as she held his
hands across the dinner

table and whispered
that everything would
be just fine.

Their talks were long.
But their kisses were too.

21 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – PROMPT #38

  1. Two beautiful poems! Congrats to Jane, Elizabeth, and Kimiko 🙂 And once again, a very big thank you to Jane for finding inspiration in my poem…it’s quite humbling.

    This was such an amazing prompt this week! It certainly helps remind us that the blooms we create poetically can be cross-pollinated in many ways.

      • Mary, we are all about promoting the tremendous talent here at POETIC BLOOMINGS. If you post your work and you have a blog, we want to be sure people can find it and enjoy your wonderful work. It is Marie and I that are honored!

  2. SUCH awesome picks ALL!! Congrats all @! Thankful for another week of writing with all of you!! Thank you Walt and Marie for such a fun prompt idea. I agree, it did draw us together! Smiles always! 🙂

    • E.J. – We do plan to use this prompt as a semi-regular feature here at POETIC BLOOMINGS. You have all shined brilliantly. Thank you. Walt.

  3. For the record, nearly every prompt (including this one) is by Walt.

    This one really was EXTRA special, in my book.

    Marie Elena

  4. I, too, enjoyed both of these picks as well as the seeds they germinated from…beautiful blooms, all around!!

    And…I, too, will add my kudos (as Marie points out) to Walt, for making it a point to inspire us with such great prompts! This one really was a winner! (Points for Walt!!)

    But it is both Walt and Marie who have tended to this garden with their insightful interviews (Marie!), challenging forms and prompts, and encouraging words of Bloom. Thank you, both, for all you do!

    ❤ Paula

    • That is so true, Paula. Marie’s interviews are an integral contribution to these “pages” in that it brings all of you talented poets to the forefront and shines your own brilliance back on you. Interesting in your reference to points. I have long been a proponent sticking with a good point. And this prompt seemed to bring out the best of the effort the poets have put in to it. Thanks for your kind words and opening yourself up to offer your view and muse, along with the rest of this great group of individuals assembled here.

  5. Thoughtful, lovely selections! Congratulations to Mary, Jane, Elizabeth, and Kimiko! This prompt was so much fun!!! Hen

  6. I loved the prompt too, Walt, especially that it forced me to do what I love to do anyway, read other great poems. I enjoyed all those posted this week. Thanks for the honor.

    • As I have said earlier, Jane. The honor is Marie’s and mine. You’ve presented good work here. And glad to see you have the postings figured out! 😀

  7. I REALLY wanted to do this one but interruptions in internet service and motherhood decided for me that it was not to be:) I think these were both wonderful choices and clear winners. Thank-you Walt and Marie for all the gardening you do…I looked at my bare garden this week and asked myself, What makes a garden? Without plants it is nothing but an ordinary patch pf soil.; but plants, without the patch of soil could not be a garden, and now I’m thinking…without a gardener it would be an over-grown, disorganized jungle where no one would care to wander through. thank-you for offering this lovely garden. I’m really hoping to stroll more slowly though it tomorrow afternoon. gotta go, someone is calling M-o-o-om!’

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