58th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 58th Virtual Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

You may have seen my review of Sweta Srivastava Vikram‘s chapbook, Because All Is Not Lost on Friday, and I’ve got a treat for you from her collection for our return to contemporary poets.

Moving On (page 3)

Loss, like the seeds
on strawberries,
is littered everywhere,
faith in its pulp.

A letter cannot swim
across the ocean
if the griever
is insistent
and smiles
reach only halfway
through the feet.

The effort has to come
from the reef
that’s hidden
the guilt of mortal burdens,
the caves of hopelessness.

Loss:  a bookmark for embalmed pages marked with stains
that should be revisited — only to learn, not memorize the events.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. I really enjoy the first stanza, but the second stanza perplexes me a bit. I’m not sure what the letter reaching across the ocean has to do with the smiles only reaching halfway…must there be full smiles that reach across in order for the letter to get there?

  2. “Loss…is littered everywhere”

    I like those lines. Everyone, everywhere has to deal with loss at some point.
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  3. I like this line: a bookmark for embalmed pages marked with stains
    that should be revisited. Very apt for a bookworm. This was a really interesting poem. Sad, but interesting.
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