Friday, April 5, 2013

A to Z Challenge




The letter "E"

Today's poem is an ode to Emily Dickinson's "The Soul Has Bandaged Moments"

In those bandaged moments,
Where the edges of life are bright with promise,
Pink inflamed with joy.

That’s where I want to live.
Not in my wallowing,
Days that drag,
                       
So low that,
Finding the right thoroughfare,
Seems intolerable.

That’s when I need,
Words and stories,
The mantle of other's triumphs,
To activate an explosive dance.
And remind that,
I carry within myself,
A custom-made first aid kit.



©2013 Juliet Bond all rights reserved




66 comments:

  1. That's a nice idea - 'a custom-made first aid kit', and oh, so true :)

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  2. You have to find your own, right?

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  3. This flowed really well and brought to the surface strength and emotion. I enjoyed this very much, truly. Good job, Juliet! (:

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  4. A custom made first aid kit. How perfect!

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  5. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of your blog. Your poetry is wonderful!!

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  6. what a lovely ode to Dickinson. I was always fascinated by her solitary ways, especially as I went to college at Amherst, the town she lived in. I think I could easily follow her footsteps and never leave my writing room:) thanks for coming by my blog. Now I better get on to that E myself!

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    1. Sandra, I so enjoyed reading your blog. Original short stories are often such a pleasure when they work and yours did!

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  7. This makes me want to go write an ode to one of my favorite poets! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

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  8. Brilliant, Gort! Just brilliant.

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    1. Thanks Claudia! This one is mine (Juliet) but Gina IS brilliant.

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  9. Lovely - an ode to resources both external and internal.

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm delighted to return the favor.

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  10. "That’s when I need,
    Words and stories,
    The mantle of other's triumphs,
    To activate an explosive dance.
    And remind that,
    I carry within myself,
    A custom-made first aid kit."

    I need more of your poetry, Miss Juliet!

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    1. You are going to get it, girl. 14 more?

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  11. Love the hopeful spirit in this! A great perspective to have in life!

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    1. It's funny, Gina and I were talking about how some of the poems we composed were cheerful and others very deep. Sunday's poem is downright silly.

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  12. Aware of depression and seeking to get out of it. Very good!
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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    1. Thank you. Always looking for the inner bandaid.

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  13. The poem is great but what I'm going to do right now is try to jump like that. It looks like fun and kind of liberating.

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  14. I like it...a reminder that we all have the inner strength to get through things.

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  15. Love that last line. Another beautiful piece. :)

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  16. We just need a little jump start with our inner motivation!

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  17. Just returning your visit through the A to Z challenge. What a beautiful poem and so inspiring, thank you :)

    Naomi @ Cornet Crafts

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    1. Thanks for returning. I'll return to yours too!

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  18. "A custom-made first aid kit"

    Love it!

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  19. Wonderful! New follower here. I'm stopping by on the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. So kind of you to follow. We will return the favor.

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  20. Beautiful! Soothe yourself with words. Sometimes those down days make us more appreciative of the up ones, so we need to put them in their proper place & not let them drag us down.

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  21. A lovely reminder that we can always look to literature for a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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  22. Such a lovely idea for an A-Z theme! Looking forward to the rest of the poem series.

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  23. Lovely! Visiting from the A to Z Challenge.

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  24. Love that love that love that. Thanks you. I had a horrible day and this is exactly what I needed to read.

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    1. I'm so glad to have spread a little hope. Hang in there.

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  25. It's been a poem-filled day for this guy :)

    This poem is kinda like it's own "custom-made first-aid kit" for blog-reading burnout.

    Thanks for the balm, Juliet.

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    1. You rock! Thanks for the fabulous compliment.

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  26. She was such an amazing talent, and I especially love the last line of this one.

    Thanks for the visit. It's great to meet you both and discover your blog.

    xoRobyn

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  27. Wonderful poem. It was the end I liked best: And remind that,
    I carry within myself,
    A custom-made first aid kit.

    Thanks for checking out my AtoZ.
    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    AtoZ #42

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. We will be back to yours!

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    1. Thanks Vik! We are putting the small things on hold this month (laid down at the alter of poetry.) We will be back at it in May!

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  29. Wonderful poem--beginning to end. I too like the idea of carrying a custom-made first aid kit. I may need to borrow that idea at times.

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