Flowing green

How many times I rode the path

back and forth I went;

I rode the path from forth to back,

until at last I was spent.

And on god’s doorstop I kneeled,

my elastic heart too rent.

She took the form of an angel

in a tree that soared unbent.

and I begged,

“Esmerelda, I offer myself to you,

to build with me

and do as you will.”

But I ne’er knew god

would turn me to poetry,

to fix my every ill.

Now I cry “god,

unlock me,

from the chain of my quill.”

For I am buried in poems

and all my life has spilled.

But still I feel that ink was my dream

and a dry mage

helped me thrill.



This was partly inspired by this post (<– WP reader link) of Tomic’s that I read today, called “Last night.” Whether or not his piece was fiction, I too had a strange and nightmarish dream last night, so his post resonated with me.

Tomic, like many of you incredible fellow poets here on WP, and as you may already know, is an amazing writer. He has a book of poems on sale at Amazon for a perfect price which you can enjoy with a long coffee. Do check it out. Gritty and real and drearily beautiful but with a big spark of hope and love. I’m not sure which Amazon to link to, since we are all from different countries in this wonderful online world. (Note to book-making selves: make a Goodreads page, because that will link to each user’s country’s Amazon as well as other sellers.) But his main page is here and now I see that you can buy direct from there with Paypal as well. So go for it! :)) Get inspired by his awesome book-making style. I know I have been. Dying In Living โ€“ An E-book of poems, by Tomic Riter. https://tomicriter.in/


10 thoughts on “Flowing green

  1. Dear Lia, your poem is divine! As a fellow poet, I often feel imprisoned by the literary craft, as well. What a magnificent choice to turn a green-eyed Esmeralda into a Goddess!

    unlock me,
    from the chain of my quill.โ€

    I wish you to break free from the nightmare and continue inspiring with your sublime verse!โœจ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฅฐ

    1. Wow Veronica… your literary knowledge never fails to enlighten me. I just now looked up “Esmeralda” (spelled with an “a” as you have it) on wikipedia, learned she was the fabled mother who danced among the gypsies on the steps of Notre dame. For me this name was not a choice, but a whisper, that the tree breathed to me. And that is a true story. :)) Thank you for your incredibly beautiful and encouraging words, which gift my poetry. I feel honoured and heartened by your praise. You are an inspiring sage. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜

  2. Oh my, I’ve only just now noticed that our spellings differ! ๐Ÿ˜…
    Victor Hugoโ€™s seductive โ€emerald gypsyโ€ is one of my favourite literary heroines, and I thought she’d fit incredibly well in the context of your enchanting poem! This only proves that you have a gift of clairvoyance, Lia – I wouldn’t be surprised if you were a powerful witch or a prophet in your past life!๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sending my warmest wishes your way & waiting for more poetic prophecies! โ™ฅ๏ธ

    1. Sorry did not see this till now! and wow again… Veronica these words are truly charming, well beyond that really, quite divine… and I again feel very honoured… though any and all of what I hear or see was brought to me by other words, teachers, lights and stories; you now among them. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฅฐ I’m a big tad rueful that even though living in France, I haven’t read much Victor Hugo, and it’s to my enormous reading wish-list I now add that tale of Esmeralda. :)) Thank you again and likewise to you, lovely poetess. :)) ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  3. I am so so humbled by this post. I cannot thank you enough! So glad my words could inspire you in some way. Your poem is so so wonderful!! And original as all your writings. I love it. Always a pleasure to read you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Tomic, I’m glad you are ok with it. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š You’ve been such a lovely support to me, I’m truly grateful you managed to find my poetry somehow. ๐Ÿ’› And I really was inspired by your work, your kindness and especially your book — its aesthetic style and professionalism was “wow.” :)) ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒป

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