WORDS ‘RETOURNED’ WITH THANKS

In September, I posted half a poem, a Retourne, for Jilly’s Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry Challenge.   Some friends accepted the challenge and wrote their responses, i.e., the last two stanzas of a four stanza piece.  Their works blew me away with their creativity and ability to  write a response that fitted so perfectly with the original part that if one was not aware that the whole poem was a team effort, he would not notice the different minds that penned the piece.   I wish to thank the friends whose works, listed below according to the time of submission, lent charm and magic to the simple words I strung together.

Without much ado, here is the first half of the poem:

Words, once set free, blend in the wind
breathing a timeless existence;
Some grow wings to fly to heaven
They ask gifts for the gentle tongue

Breathing a timeless existence,
words illuminate our soul
Memories do falter in time
consequences of words live on.

 

~~~~~

And here are the responses –

Charley, writing in LIFE IN PORTOFINO

Words, once set free, blend in the wind
breathing a timeless existence;
Some grow wings to fly to heaven
They ask gifts for the gentle tongue

Breathing a timeless existence,
words illuminate our soul
Memories do falter in time
consequences of words live on.

Some grow wings to fly to heaven,
Some bear weights that drag them to hell.
Others bear truths that teach our young.
Word light; sunny day, starry night.

They ask gifts for the gentle tongue.
They scold, cajole, or encourage.
On monuments writ they do fade;
Put to use they build cleansing fires.

Jenna, writing as RevivedWriter

Words, once set free, blend in the wind
breathing a timeless existence;
Some grow wings to fly to heaven
They ask gifts for the gentle tongue

Breathing a timeless existence,
words illuminate our soul
Memories do falter in time
consequences of words live on.

Some grow wings to fly to heaven,
Rising upward, wearing halos.
Some trip, falling down to the depths,
And we feel aflame, filled with shame.

They ask gifts for the gentle tongue,
Unwrap me, uncage me, I need
Kindness, sweetness, don’t beat me with
Old words, older as I age, too.

Sarah of fmme writes poems 

Words, once set free, blend in the wind
breathing a timeless existence;
Some grow wings to fly to heaven
They ask gifts for the gentle tongue

Breathing a timeless existence,
words illuminate our soul
Memories do falter in time
consequences of words live on.

Some grow wings to fly to heaven
But some stay rooted in your heart,
Send out new shoots and soft green leaves,
Impossible to pull them out.

They ask gifts for the gentle tongue,
They give their own gifts to the world,
The fruit they give is the sweetest,
It grows sweet in the warmth of love.

Jilly writing in Jilly’s 

Words, once set free, blend in the wind
breathing a timeless existence;
Some grow wings to fly to heaven
They ask gifts for the gentle tongue

Breathing a timeless existence,
words illuminate our soul
Memories do falter in time
consequences of words live on.

Some grow wings to fly to heaven
dropping soft prayers upon the clouds
seeds of rain to cleanse the dry land
a renaissance to flood the hearts

They ask gifts for the gentle tongue
to sing in languages unknown
filling lungs with placid breezes
fertile verses settling soft

Thank you once again Charley, Jenna, Sarah, and Jilly for completing the poem.

Meanwhile, I invite you all to check out their amazing poetry. Also, check out Jill’s Casting Brick’s Challenge.  She will have a new set of challenge  for October.  I have found that participating in the challenges is a fun experience.  Thanks again, Jilly, for this wonderful opportunity for collaboration. 🙂

And speaking of fun, it is also my pleasure to contribute these roses to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Topic of Fun or Flowers.

 

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2 comments

  1. Lovely post, Imelda! I look forward to creating with you again; the October Challenge of Casting Bricks rolls out on Friday. Also, the roses are a gift of pure delight to the eyes; thanks for sharing. Jilly

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