First, I need to apologize to this week’s poet. I had her pegged for posting her poem before the tribute last week, but I had put a date on the draft that took her off the grid. But, knowing her spirit and spirituality, I believe she understands. Believe! That is certainly a word that applies to this poet who is incredibly strong in her faith, and humility, which she includes in her poetry to great effect. Darlene Franklin is a published author who chose to “dabble” in poetry here at Poetic Bloomings. As stated, her words inspire and provoke thought and a desire to take “a closer walk.” In this sample of her work, False Bottoms, you can surely see what I mean.

FALSE BOTTOMS, by Darlene Franklin

I’ve made a career of excavation
If only I could dig through my problems—
And many have passed my way—
And my weaknesses—
Which increase in number as I grow older—
I would find solid ground
I could begin to truly live

Until I reexamined my architect’s design
Why did I want myself as my foundation?
The Lord is my rock
I have survived—
Even thrived—
Inside His fortress

What I see as weakness
Arms me with iron man strength
Unshakeable faith in a
Never changing
Always loving
God who ever was and is and shall be
Absolutes I swear to
Me, who never gives anything
A score of ten

With God as my Ten
And me as His instrument
I bring new binoculars
To my excavation
What discoveries await


Not Darlene’s blog, but her Facebook page:



    • Marie Elena, I didn’t realize I was up today! Wow! Thanks! I look forward to our interview.

      • This is all Walt, Darlene. 🙂 The only “job” I have out here is interviewing folks. And I love it! The rest is all Walt. The prompts, the forms, the reading room, the site design … all of it. Best Poetic Partner ever!

        • Not her only job. She offers her support and keeps the coffee hot. I second Marie’s “best partner ever”

          Sorry it took me so long to get you on the roster, Darlene. I schedule the prompts, forms, Reading Room and today’s exercise pretty much at the same time. I pushed your tentative date to July until I could choose a poem and photo for your feature. Forgot to change the date back. But it is a pleasure having you here as part of the “family”.

          • I wbeonder if I should add you and Marie to our Poem Away Group of facebook so you can see the work Connie and I are doing . . . We keep it private because it’s mostly meant to get us poeming but not published per se

  1. Excellent, this. I especially appreciate:

    “Until I reexamined my architect’s design
    Why did I want myself as my foundation?”

    Hear, hear!

  2. Walt, Marie reminds me I have you to thank for this post. So I do! Thanks for the welcome here, which has allowed me to t hrive and grow.

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