Stephen Fuller *** Poetry, Essays

Shredded Cobblers, A Level UP Challenge poem by Stephen

He shredded her dreams and she shred back.
Those dreams they shared once upon a car ride
Where to they went now they no longer know.
This destination had not been on the triptik,
Nor in the margins, off the beaten track; that
Route had been carved with love, it had seemed.

Alone, he just breathes. Pulled from his shoes.
An invisible man. A shadow. Puddled reflection.
She floats above the water. The sea heโ€™d called
Home. The depths where he tried bury his soul
Blues distilled with a flash to make brine.
What drink remained, left for the parched.

Whose dignified now? Who breathes an air
Of victory? In this moment, she like vapor,
He like ripples, they complete their drift
Apart. Signatures notarized. Dreams filed.
They both hope for the other the love they
Could not figure out how to cobble, together.

In response to this week’s Level Up, incorporating GO Dog GO Cafe, Eugi, and Sadje’s prompts.

Check out the others here:

Level UP Writing Challenge, 2/11, Moves to the Cafe!

32 Responses to “Shredded Cobblers, A Level UP Challenge poem by Stephen”

  1. ivor20

    Yes Stephen…
    Relationships come and go
    Like the winter snow
    That melts under the spring sun
    And as new flowers grow
    We realise weren’t the one….

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    • Stephen

      We pick them, these flowers, to vase
      Water… then let them go to seed.
      Instead we will replant in a new field
      After letting our fingernails collect dirt
      Needing dug for the root to take hold.

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      • Stephen

        Neither me, at times, but that is what friends offer us
        A companion to remind us of the gardens yet to be sown
        The gift yet to be grown, but inside us, shell cracking
        Waiting to burst out into the light.

        Grateful for you Ivor.

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    • Stephen

      Thank you so much Eugi. I have been on the travel again this week, so most of my responses have been quick emojis, but this poem has some depth of meaning to it for me. Especially this week. (Would insert a sad-ish emoji here)

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