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we walk, silent
under half-moon sky
rain wraps itself
in melancholy clouds
elusive as tears

thunder lurks skin-deep
muted, clawing
I see talon shadows
of your grief

starlight is gone
from the cosmos
and your eyes

I lift layers of you
to find you

Its Quadrille time over at dVerse Poets Pub. Write a poem of 44 words, including the word, “wrap”.

It is my pleasure to be your host today. Doors open at 3 p.m. EST.

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  1. So beauifully written, Mish. I especially feel these lines:
    “starlight is gone
    from the cosmos
    and your eyes”

    I think of friends who have lost children….not the natural order of things….those parents of children lost in the school shootings….and this could describe their grief so viscerally.

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  2. And incredible sadness comes over me reading your lines. Powerful Quadrille.

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  3. “..thunder lurks skin deep” is a killer line, well done!

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  4. This is a masterpiece. Loved each and every line. 🙂

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  5. Glenn A. Buttkus

    I agree with Ain–you write eloquently about a grief, a sadness, a heartbreak that sears the soul like a branding iron, forming a forever scar. Terrific quadrille, and illustration for your prompt.

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  6. Sometimes, sadly, it doesn’t matter how many layers we lift; the sadness never lessens. Wonderfully done, M. Thanks
    And: Thanks for hosting this cool prompt.

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  7. Very poignant and evocative poem. I loved these lines – I lift layers of you
    to find you

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  8. Absolutely luv the ending
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine

    Much💚love

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  9. in melancholy clouds/I see talon shadows/from the cosmos/to find you

    Oh that sears in deep heartbreak. So poignantly written.

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  10. Strong piece Mish!

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  11. “thunder lurks skin-deep
    muted, clawing”

    “I lift layers of you
    to find you”

    What a powerful piece.

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  12. A vivid image of grief.
    “I lift layers of you to find you.”

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  13. Beautifully written… emotions do run deep and have to be unwrapped to find the source.

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  14. This is gripping, yet exquisitely beautiful.

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  15. This is like looking for someone who has become a part of nature. I like that image.

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  16. A powerful and tender image, Mish. The title is a perfect way to describe how grief shuts us out.

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  17. so sad and intricately observed… very beautiful

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  18. Powerful yet poignant write, Mish. 44 words are enough to convey the melancholy so beautifully.
    Thanks for hosting, Mish.

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  19. The grief expressed here is palpable. So beautifully written, Mish.
    Thank you for hosting.

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  20. So many layers we all have–your presentation of the storm and its human echo is ominous and compelling.

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  21. Mish,

    It is love in action to walk with the grieving. Your poem is just that. I especially like this stanza,

    thunder lurks skin-deep
    muted, clawing
    I see talon shadows
    of your grief

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  22. thunder lurks skin-deep
    muted, clawing
    I see talon shadows
    of your grief

    This is simply amazing wording and imagery, Mish.

    Much love,
    David

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