Monthly Archives: April 2013

Poetry Challenge Day 10 – Broken Promise

Todays prompt: Write an “un-love poem”.


The wrinkles wrap her hand in time
New lines form with each day
The ring of promise circles none
Instead it’s tucked away

With card and song he gave to her
This token of his heart
Small steps they took to seal their love
A future they would start

But as time passed he never asked
And love walked out the door
The ring she kept forgotten not
But hidden in a drawer

The promise to be one at last
A memory she could see
But he forgot the promise made
And had a new family

The ring an empty void of love
Was once a dream to start
But life not lived between these two
Broke the promise broke the heart

By KMc
©2013 GraceWithoutTears
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Poetry Challenge Day 9 – Lock & Key

The prompt today – Noir.
1. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
2. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough cynical characters, and bleak settings.


Tall and sleek he stood with grace
His shoulders square and broad
Dark glasses coat and hat worn low
No one would see a fraud

His craft was words he used with skill
He dreamed them while he slept
The girl so innocent sweet and young
But soon her heart he swept

He offered dreams through words of love
She listened rapt with smiles
Naive with trust she heard the words
He spoke across the miles

She gave him all, her heart her soul
Her friendship free and true
She dreamed he’d one day give it back
‘Twas something he’d never do

The life he had was good enough
To leave it was no gain
And having love across the miles
‘Twas only her to blame

The fact that she adored him so
Brought strength to soul and mind
To cut the cord that filled a need
Why would he draw that line?

And so his crime was stolen love
He held with lock and key
To turn the lock he never would
Their hearts could not be free.

By KMc
©2013 GraceWithoutTears
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Poetry Challenge Day 8 – Forced Poetry Lacks Inspiration

I looked up the writing prompt this morning from the NaPoWriMo blog site to see what ideas they had. It was suggested to write a poem with the rhyming pattern A-B-A-B-A-B-C-C, so I gave it a try. I will say that I enjoy being inspired much more by the beauty or events surrounding me, than trying to follow a certain pattern. But I made it work and wrote a poem. I don’t like it. I feel like I did it because I had to.


The clock keeps ticking 1-2-3
A poem I must write today
Follow the pattern this way
A few more lines forced out of me
But there’s not much to say
If I wasn’t cramming this would be fun
This is the last line and now I’m done:)

By KMc
©2013 GraceWithoutTears
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Poetry Challenge Day 7 – Poem From the Past & A Guest Poem

A few days ago, I decided that during this poetry month of April, I would share poems from the past every 7th day.  Today, I will share a poem that I wrote back in 1990.  It is the first poem that I cared about, born of heartbreak, and written from the heart.  I think it’s safe to say it was inspired by things deeper than nature or the weather.

The paper is now worn and tired, but the words will never lose their meaning…



By KMc
©2013 GraceWithoutTears
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My guest author is my cousin, whom I have met twice.  I love that I’m related to her and love that we’ve connected on FB.  She actually sent me 2 poems, but the 2nd one will have to wait till the 14th when I share another poem from the past, and another poem from her.  Enjoy!


I have a cousin named Kristy
Whose poetry has inspired me

What are the tools?
I don’t know the rules

Give it a try, what’s to lose
Words put together
But I have to choose

Fear and hesitation
Could be my occupation

What the heck
I’ll stick out my neck

Having fun
Until I’m done…

By Darlene, 4-6-13
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Poetry Challenge Day 6 – Shades of Gray


Shades of gray and white and blue
Skies of peace on one side of you

Sheets of gray falling to earth
Springtime growth to gain new birth

Rolling floating thick and bold
Painting the sky with stories untold

Thin and wispy sky peeks through
Sunshine glows with beauty true

Every direction sees something new
Shades of gray and white and blue



By KMc
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Poetry Challenge Day 5 – Tales of Life


Tales of daily life drone on
Shared through poem, not through song

Flat and dry the words do seem
To share with magic, I only can dream

Insignificant the things I share
Of daily life, here and there

Surface words deeper meaning not found
Each day passes, while time goes round

Through words a picture stamps the mind
Advanced vocabulary, I soon must find

To make the tale of interest to all
Myself a poet, might someday I call

By KMc
©2013 GraceWithoutTears
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Poetry Challenge Day 4 – Clouds


Faces in the Clouds

Puffing Swiftly Passing Blue

Smiling at You

By KMc
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Poetry Challenge Day 3 – Walmart Garden Center



Sunshine Bright

Soil Pots Flowers

Plants Palates Busy People

Full Warm Springtime Cool Empty

Faceless Quiet Cars Spaces

Cement Open Pavement

Gray Cloudy


By KMc
© 2013 GraceWithoutTears.  All rights reserved.

Poetry Challenge Day 2 – Bills


The pile grows
With each day passed
It won’t go away
The problem’s in mass

Envelopes, sealed
To open is pain
Not knowing, bliss
Reality disdained

Inevitable, unavoidable
Time marches past
Organize the pile
Everything opened at last

Worse than expected
Too many to count
Every bill imagined
Due now, no doubt

Stretch thin
Through the summer
Chip them away
Such a bummer
Work till they’re gone
Life is funner:)



By KMc
©2013 GraceWithoutTears
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April Poetry Challenge

Earlier today, I jumped in with both feet and didn’t even explain what was going on.  April is Poetry month, and WordPress sent me an email about a poetry challenge for this month.  The goal is to write a poem each day this month, and post it on your blog, and tag it so others in the challenge can find what you’ve written and read it.  I don’t think mine will be very exciting, but I like the idea of this challenge, and I like trying to write poetry, so I’m going to give it a shot!

The idea came from here if anyone wants to check it out:

I have a few poems from times past that I will probably post, but I will have to come up with a lot of new material to fill up an entire month.  I think this will be a fun challenge.  I hope all my readers (all 10 of them) enjoy it as well:)

By KMc
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