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I have peddled my pain

to the wind

sifted and sorted my sins

burrowed down deep while

the storm passed

 

I am earth-toned and wild

nature’s own child

sun-smitten

star-bright and steadfast

 

made of blessings and blunders

I refuse to go under

this life was born of my rubble

I am not trouble

 

I am evergreen whispers

dewdrops at dawn

weaves of ivy out of control

sassy saplings, trees of old

I am whole

 

Originally written for “Women Speak”, a project by Nancy Smith.  I was inspired by her beautiful painting, “From the Depths of Earth”. To see more of her work, visit 

nancysmithfineart.com

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  1. I like all the alliteration and these lines: “this life was born of my rubble

    I am not trouble”

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  2. The alliteration in this poem is astounding. And the rhymes: rubble/trouble. So many wonderful images in this as well, sassy saplings, evergreen whispers..
    In whole a most satisfying read

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  3. Glenn Buttkus

    I respect your introspection and tenacity. I, too, embraced /I refuse to go under, this life was born of my rubble/.

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  4. Wonderful use of rhyme and rhythm. The resilience of a woman is so admirable, while I always wish it wouldn’t be needed…

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  5. I can see why you were inspired to write this poem, Mish – the painting is gorgeous and so is your poem. You’ve use alliteration so effectively in ‘peddled my pain / to the wind and ‘sifted and sorted my sins’, and I love the contrast of concrete description and the use of celestial sibilance in the lines:
    ‘I am earth-toned and wild
    nature’s own child
    sun-smitten
    star-bright and steadfast’.
    I feel as if I could reach out and touch those ‘weaves of ivy out of control / sassy saplings, trees of old’.

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  6. I like this one, Mish! Full of positive images.

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  7. The images are beautiful and uplifting.

    These lines shine gold:

    “life was born of my rubble

    I am not trouble”

    Excellent write.

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  8. oh the alliteration is wonderful! Sassy sapling indeed 🙂

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  9. A beautiful write Mish, I especially love ‘I am earth-toned and wild

    nature’s own child’ xxx

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  10. What a truly beautiful piece of art and your words are amazing.

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  11. I hear the deep, wise woman emanating from this poem. Powerful juju!

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous writing, Mish! ❤️ Especially love this particular bit; “I am evergreen whispers dewdrops at dawn.” 😀

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  13. I felt this was Mother Nature herself speaking, always there, always returning. Lovely stuff.

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  14. I like the alliteration, and the message of the strength and resilience of women. Your poem works beautifully with the painting.

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  15. This line really speaks to me, certainly life is filled with the art of trials and tribulation.

    “made of blessings and blunders”

    I’ve made a few blunders in my life

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  16. I love “weaves of ivy out of control.”

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  17. Very nicely done! Not ready to go under…. I like that!

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  18. “I am whole” — how perfect is that. Lovely.

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  19. Love these lines:
    made of blessings and blunders

    I am evergreen whispers
    –beautiful piece!

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  20. lovely piece to go along with a simply beautiful painting! Love the mixture of true and slant rhyme.

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  21. This is truly beautiful Mish!

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  22. Lovely, These are the lines that spoke to me most,
    “made of blessings and blunders
    I refuse to go under
    this life was born of my rubble
    I am not trouble”
    Truth be told beautifully.

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  23. Art is ever inspiring. I love the lilt of your lines, the message of empowerment and reclamation.

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  24. What a majestic write! The alliteration, rhyme scheme, repetition of “I am” to accentuate the narrator’s voice, the imagery and metaphors. A masterpiece, Mish! 🙂

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  25. A beautiful connection to nature and its nourishment. (K)

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