POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.


A bit of a challenge to get the creative juices flowing. Finding contrary words to the list provided was indeed a task of some proportion. All of our poets who ventured there have been rewarded with works of worthy worded wonder.


This challenging prompt stimulated quality poeming.  I thoroughly enjoyed the faith-based pieces – all of them penned beautifully – as well as the creative humor, and story-telling qualities of some.  What a wide variety of inventive responses!  My Bloom this week goes to Sara McNulty for “Entangled.”  Her unsettling account and plea is clear and unforced,  in a flawless read that was written with comfortable rhyme and natural flow.  Well done, Sara.

Entangled  by Sara McNulty

She prayed for a solution. Let some
brave, solid soul come stepping
softly along, help improve
her life of strife, suffering blows
from a drunken, devil of a man,
an immoral lout with a pig’s snout,
who bullies night after night, threatening
her. If she tries to run away, he says
she’ll pay, but one day the truth
will come out, and the mighty
become the weak.


Our  In-Form Poet Wednesday guidelines state “… we may choose to highlight one of your in-form poems on occasion.”  Today is one such rare occasion.  This week’s Epulaeryu form inspired delectable creations that made my mouth water.  They conjured scents, tastes, and even warm memories.  Salvatore Buttaci, however, chose to take his piece in a unique direction that I don’t believe any of us envisioned.  Sal, I offer you a second Bloom for your innovative and inspiring Epulaeryu.      

FOOD FOR ALL by Salvatore Buttaci

“Bring me your famished, bellies
bloated, growling from
deep empty pits: ‘Please feed us!’
Bring them! I am wheat,
rice, corn in the fields.
food for



Of late I have searched for brevity in finding expression in the fewest words. One poet excels in this process and I am awed by her proclivity for such skill. And emotions drip from each brief word, speaking volumes. The search for self sometimes takes detours, but brings us back to square one. Restarting cleansed, we can advance confidently. My bloom goes to Paula Wanken for the following poem:

TENDER MERCY  by Paula Wanken

Confidence shaken,
I spiral
in corrupt ambiguity,
yielding to self-
indulgent ways
of the enemy.

He speaks to me.
Asking for honesty,
offering a solution:
a chance to be


Congratulations to Sara, Paula, and Sal for well-deserved honors!

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15 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMINGS – PROMPT #98

  1. Congrats to Sara and Paula! And thank you for liking my poem too!

  2. These are all works of art and such a joy to my poetic ears this morning. Thank you pickers and planters!!

    Congratulations, Sara, Sal and Paula, (…((hugs)) to you, Paula)!!

    Happy weekend poetical peeps!

  3. Three perfect choices. Well done to you all!

  4. DebiSwim on said:

    Congrats to Sara and Paula! Your poems are beautiful. And Sal, way to go for your poignant take on the Epulaeryu.

  5. Wonderful choices, all! Congrats to Sara, Paula, and Sal.

  6. sheryl kay oder on said:

    All of these are well written. Congratulations.

  7. Congrats Sara, Paula, and Sal! Thoroughly enjoyed each of your works of art. Great choices!

  8. Henrietta Choplin on said:

    Congratulations, Sara, Paula and Sal!

  9. Thanks so much, Marie! Congrats to Sal and Paula for their excellent writing.

  10. The Emerald Coast

    When the sky is clear
    And the waters calm
    There is no white like
    The white of the sand
    On our shining beaches
    And there is no green
    Like the green of the water
    As it laps at the shores
    Along the Emerald Coast

    You have to see it for yourself
    To believe the natural beauty
    Of the emerald green waters
    Lapping on the snow white beaches
    It’s a sight to behold

    © Earl Parsons 2013

  11. Congrats to all three.

  12. Congrats to our contrary poets! : )

  13. Hurray and congrats to all 3 choices – wonderful ones to be sure … like Walt, I too am amazed and dazzled by those who can say so much with so few words and glad when the blooms can go to those who are succinct…and Sal, yours in a bit of brilliance

  14. “is” a bit of brilliance

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