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83rd Virtual Poetry Circle


Welcome to the 83rd Virtual Poetry 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.

It’s a new year, and if you haven’t heard there is a new feature on the blog this year . . . my first ever, poetry reading challenge.  Yup, that means everyone should be signing up because all you need to do is read 1 book of poetry.

Today’s poem comes from Dayle Furlong’s Open Slowly, which I reviewed earlier this week:

Dizzy Mountain Precipice (page 42)

On a dizzy mountain precipice I dangle
precarious between
here and now —
then and maybe

he floats by
a dandelion seed caught on a breeze

my heart, a fat cherub
clumsy hands pluck at the veins —

a choir of children
could not capture
the harmony of this
lost love.

I plant memory firmly
on this mountain
a flag.

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.

  • bookworm

    I really like this, it was unexpected and sweet:
    ‘a choir of children
    could not capture
    the harmony of this
    lost love’
    bookworm´s last blog post ..Guest Post- The Subtle Art of Romance Writing by Denise K Rago

  • “On a dizzy mountain precipice I dangle
    precarious between
    here and now –
    then and maybe”

    The beginning works really well with the end. Firmly planting a memory and thoughts about where the person is now and what might have happened. There’s a certain fondness of remembering things and a sadness that things could have been different.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — February 7

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this poem. The collection was fantastic.

  • I love this one! I love the alliteration in the penultimate stanza and the imagery in the last. Very nice, thanks!

  • Tea

    I plant memory firmly
    on this mountain
    a flag.

    I like this sentence or three lines the most. I feel like he is stopping to give his whole body and mind to one instant in time. Because he definitely wants to remember this time in his life. I can almost feel the plunge of the flag into the mountain. The words come across with deep commitment.

    • I also love the deep commitment of those lines. Good observation.