BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – PROMPT #52

Every ending is a beginning. In death and in life, we see how one thing can spawn a rebirth of sorts; a new beginning. This exercise has brought out some outstanding pieces by our poets. We were asked to take an end line from one of our poems and use it as an opening line for a new poem.

Since this was the last prompt for our first year, we offer our poets each a share of our BEAUTIFUL BLOOM. Everyone has done such exceptional work, that we wish to honor you all with this last designation for the year. A great ending and a leg up on a great new beginning in our second year. Thank you all for this community.

HOWEVER, one piece of work epitomized the process and the nature of the prompt. Paula Wanken’s first Cento was a very ambitious undertaking and incorporated every last line from her poems posted during the year. In closing out this prompt we reflect on this wonderful work:

FROM EVERY ENDING COMES A BEGINNING by Paula Wanken

memories unknown
tug at her words…and her heart…
at what had been hidden inside
your tin can; please…
so different than reality;
he didn’t make it
easier
than this lonely, broken heart can spare
of our memories;
never
complete without it,
the reason
they stopped coming
I still know all of my letters
end

I welcome God’s words: For I know the plans I have for you
for falling in love,
my soulmate, my wife;
never: give up,
to be rushed…

lost
I’m walking alone
me
…afraid someone will read between the lines and see my tears

You have moved…backwards,
and took a walk in the park
again
I miss you.
There’s just one YOU!

the Lord is my Shepherd
is the Giver of such gifts;
we reap the Spirit’s sweet fruit
their lives will create
once again;
His world fades to black
neither at midnight, nor noon
to give you life…
that I trust will shine on my world once more

it’s simple, really:
enjoy days of spring,
bask in His presence
seen in each spring bloom
and watered daily

to help you see it
I come back to write
of farm living…
the magic of another Christmas Eve
on which I sleep…
and favorite superhero underwear

and a writer was born

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR POETS FOR A REMARKABLE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS!