Velvet Touches

Written In Response To:

Word Of The Day Challenge – Velvet

V.J.s Weekly Challenge #49:  Gadget – To participate, create a post on your own site (or leave a note in the comments), and link back here.

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #28 – Every Wednesday I post a photo.  You respond with something CREATIVE.

Outbuildings at Hethel

As a little girl growing up

living in a house of darkness

I developed this mechanical gadget

that helped me survive the atrocities

the only way a child could all on her own


As I grew into a young adult

this darkness would continue to rule

over my life attracting the darkness repeatedly

until this mechanical gadget could no

longer help me survive and finally broke…


Yet, this was the most beautiful day of my life

for I called out to no one but the One who would

pick up all the broken pieces of my mechanical gadget

and through His tender velvet touches of Grace

turned my mechanical gadget into a heart of love.

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Word Count: 115

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The Death Of Not Letting Go

NaPoWriMo Challenge 2019 – Day 18

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #83


Free Verse Revolution April Writing Prompt #3 – The Things Left Behind

April’s Theme: Death


When spiritual felonies are committed against us

the rape of the soul, the murder of our spirit

things that seem completely impossible to forgive

they can fester so deep with the core where light lives

manifesting into life-size weighted puppets

hanging from the ceiling of the soul

turning it upside down from light to darkness

causing a slow and painful death of spirit

when forgiveness is not the chosen way

and these puppets and their shadows

are not, through forgiveness, the things left behind.

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Photo Credit For Reena’s Challenge:  Perspective

A Night’s Moment

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #81



This video inspired me. Maybe you like to see it or use it as a creative nudge.

“Don’t simply brush away the inexplicable connectedness we’ll occasionally taste as we experience certain people, places and works of art. These mere seconds of quite synchronicity and understanding count. They always, always count. You just have to know and believe it. ~Victoria Erickson      -Photo by Photo.Manic on Flickr

In a night’s moment…

the inner eyes gaze into the ebony ascent

where the thorns of the soul do not bleed

a river of tears finally begins to recede

and pain evolves into a soothing numb

wafting in the sweet scent of escape’s succumb

until reality’s stark light shines its brightness

we grow accustomed to darkness.

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Photo Credit:  Pinterest

Morning’s Twilight – Triolet Poem

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge Wk #92 – Darkness & Peace

The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Prompt Challenge (any form).


In the morning’s twilight darkness
Peace will cause the soul to repose
And the heart shall shine with finesse
In the morning’s twilight darkness
A realm of time that seems ageless
Stress and worries become dispose
In the morning’s twilight darkness
Peace will cause the soul to repose

Where Darkness Abides – Freku Poem

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge – #180 – Slow & Burn

Ronovan of Ronovan Writes has invented a new poetry form called Freku and the instructions can be found here.  It includes Freestyle & Haiku hence Freku!

Bethlehem's Star

sedate is the soul
that has not known Love’s console
broken is the heart
from darkness cannot depart

lukewarm is the soul
who chooses to not condole
hardened is the heart
of mercy will not impart

ablaze are the souls
who illumine and extol
aglow is the heart
that has made loving an art
steadfast and selfless they are
shining like Bethlehem’s Star

where darkness abides
let the candles of our hearts
burn slow and steadfast

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Lutheran Church