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Nothin’ But Blue Skies

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you have a way of tinseling my pain

black and white “poke”-a- dots

over my grey

but grey is where I take my breaths

where I hurt and heal

how I feel

when I’m not juggling gimcracks

rainbow daggers

you carelessly toss my way

“Tinsel” is the word to include in your quadrilles this week.

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  1. “but grey is where I take my breaths” – some pain is not to be glossed over. Creative use of prompt.

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  2. I love it, the grey can be so very soothing… and tacky tinsel cannot replace the real light I think.

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  3. I felt this deeply and I will take the grey too, if it helps. Thanks for hosting Mish!

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  4. I love the way you use “tinseling” here – it’s a very poignant poem.

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  5. I had to look gimcracks up and will remember it. A great-sounding word with omanopoieicicity (sp?) to it.

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  6. what a verb! love the feel of the grey areas you conjured

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  7. Wow… “rainbow daggers” – that’s intense, Mish! Very powerfully written.


    David

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  8. I love the way you used tinsel as a verb. This is also the first time I’ve encountered the word gimcracks. I like the way you use it.

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  9. Awesome response to a well-chosen prompt. Thanks, Mish. And thanks for hosting!

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  10. Really terrific and unexpected take on ‘tinsel’ – the rainbow daggers are particularly sharp

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  11. Deliciously colorful. Impressive use of the verb form, and illustrious language in general. Delightfully scathing, as though acknowledging the use of pain.

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  12. Nice one. Luv where the prompt took you. There is also that side of tinsel

    Happy Holidays

    Much💟love

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  13. Glenn A. Buttkus

    Thanks for “gimcracks”, it’s new to me. Your anger and wit tango well together. “Hell hath no fury…” right?

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  14. when I’m not juggling gimcracks
    rainbow daggers
    you carelessly toss my way

    Love the way you show that we can ward off blows that come our way which may be unintentional. ‘Gimcracks’ wow! Thanks for hosting Ma’am!

    Hank

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  15. “but grey is where I take my breaths”: You’ve given grey an unexpectedly soothing quality contrasting with the “rainbow daggers” that wound rather than cheer. “Tinseling my pain” is another unexpected juxtaposition that resonates with newfound meaning. A rewarding read, Mish.
    Pax,
    Dora

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  16. Delightful. I especially am drawn to, “but grey is where I take my breaths” I see I am not the only one. This poem makes me think about how some people want to cheer me up instead of letting me express my feelings or how we tell children to, “stop crying.”
    I enjoyed your words.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Ali

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  17. The poem and the picture are both wonderful. I wondered why I was attracted to both sides, the colorful and the dark (or grey).

    The poem seems to point to the damage done when human interaction causes grief. A reality.

    Thanks for hosting, Mish.

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  18. Tinselling my pain—love that image.

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  19. Love your verbing of tinsel – and your profound quadrille.

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  20. “tinseling my pain” creates a very evocative imagery. A very deep write.

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  21. Great first line. I love the concept of a person being able to tinsel away the pain. Wonderful.

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  22. Rainbow dagger is brilliant. Love the ebb and flow of your words

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  23. Oh wow, Mish! Love that you verbed tinsel and this whole poem is gorgeous.

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  24. Ah yes, as you so rightly said in your comment, superficial.

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  25. Mish, there are not enough superlatives to describe my reaction to your poem! WOW will have to suffice.

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