Heart Cries

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Heart cries

smiling under

a bright yellow moon

raining heat down my rough skin

its silence a toneless laughter

melting frozen sky to a warm pool

of colorless, translucent rainbows

at my feet.

The sky tastes bitter yet sweet,

like lingonberry jam or raspberry tart.

The laughter is silent yet LOUD, powerful.

The absence of tone and sound, deafening.

The brilliant light of the yellow moon

blinding but fading,

darkened by a particular

sadness.

My toes scraping smooth shells

in the cold, shaded sand

on an endless shore

of lace-scattered dreams.

Copyright June 23 Stacie Eirich

Today’s poem was written in response to the prompt @Toads, which asked us to write a poem with unexpected descriptions. In doing so, I’ve tried to combine words, images and feelings that seem opposite. Wet with dry, rough with soft, light with dark, cold with heat, color with its absence, happy with sad, bitter with sweet and silence with noise. I wanted more time to dig deeper and explore these sensations more, but my writing moments are more like stolen bits of time this summer. So I think I will revisit this by the light of the moon tonight-which seems fitting. To me, to explore our senses and write from both emotion and experience is the heart of poetry. Thanks to Susie @Toads for the inspiration.

Sisters Night and Death

In response to the weekend writing challenge over at Toads — here is a sestet (6 line poem) on the theme: Sisters Night and Death.

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Daughters of the moon, spectres of wind and shadow fly

like ghosts they float across a starless sky.

Words come like icy nightmare fingers, whispering they creep

sweet nightingale voices luring us, guiding us to sleep.

In their chambers, we dream of sisters death and night

carrying us away in the pale moonlight.

Copyright June 20 Stacie Eirich

I rather enjoyed writing this one today, although I must admit that at first it was difficult to write about the moon and night while the dawn was breaking outside. These summer days full of my children — the early hours before they wake are usually the only ones I have alone to sit & write. But I am a creature of the night and feel as if I may also be a daughter of the moon itself — so it wasn’t a stretch to imagine the sisters and hear their voices. In the margins of my journal I wrote: What have they come for? Our thoughts, dreams, wishes, our very souls? They are beautiful, haunting…pure. Thanks to Kerry at Toads for the challenge. 🙂

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Space to Dream: A First Post

Welcome to my new website, hosted by Siteground and created on WordPress. I have moved over most of my content from blogger but am still in the process of recovering some images – so please forgive any missing pieces!

If you previously followed me over on blogger, thank you for coming over — you will find the same type of content here from me: poetry, prose and book reviews, with the occasional book video share thrown into the mix. If you are seeing my writing (and me) for the first time, I also want to say thank you for dropping by! And I hope that you will stay along for the ride with me.

In addition to here on my website, I also also share writing over at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads, a community of poets who are wonderfully creative. I encourage you to check out the Toads site and comment, comment comment! Here, there, or anywhere you are online — it’s important we join in a dialogue together. For readers and writers, it’s essential. To that end, I have a page titled “Writing: A Dialogue” that I invite you to share on. And you may comment on any of my regular posts as well.

And now — to end my official welcome and share a special video. A continuation of my last video on summer reading, here is a round-up of children’s series books that my kids are loving. My kids and I made the video together in two parts, with my daughter narrating the second with her picks. Enjoy!

Here is a list of books we highlighted in the video:

The Adventures of Captain Underpants,  Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
Fly Guy Presents Dinosaurs, Fly Guy Presents Space, There’s a Fly Guy in my Soup by Tedd Arnold
Mercy Watson Fights Crime, Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise by Kate Dicamillo
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Not mentioned, but we’ve also read Smile from this author)
The Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows (Too many choices in this series to list them all, believe me!)

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream — it’s exciting to create something new. TGIF! And Happy Reading.