Words and ideas defined in 25 words or less, #44

Woman’s left eye, wide open while water drips down her face, staring at you.
Woman’s left eye, wide open while water drips down her face, staring at you.
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Words and ideas defined in 25 words or less, #43

Old, leafless tree surrounded by muddy, lifeless ground. Image in sepia, daytime.
Old, leafless tree surrounded by muddy, lifeless ground. Image in sepia, daytime.
Photo by Hugues de BUYER-MIMEURE on Unsplash

Walking on sand to the sounds of waves,
interrupted by

a new sense
of change beneath,
from sand
to dirt,
then muddy
— grabbing, holding, slowing.


Words and ideas defined in 25 words or less, #42

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A poem is less an equation of imaginations,
more a set
of observations plus emotions,
experience minus scars.

An unsolved problem,
not a rational number.


Short definitions in verse

Words and ideas defined in 25 words or less, #41

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Writing is like crawling
into a quiet closet,
blanket covering

before slips of paper
(words as gifts)
slide under the door —
combining, resting, shouting, whispering.


A haiku from isolation, 2020

Photo by Anastasia Sklyar on Unsplash

When hugs were postponed
my grandson became a boy
and weeks felt like years.


A dark tunnel, with a distant burst of sunshine framing a distant individual walking towards us.
A dark tunnel, with a distant burst of sunshine framing a distant individual walking towards us.
Photo by Chris Buckwald on Unsplash

Steps echoing in beats,
from walls
of a black tunnel.

Sunshine
distant,
teases an end —
when fear fails beneath hope
and I rediscover my hands.


A father and child sitting on an expanse of pebbles, back to the camera. In the distance is a river and trees on both banks.
A father and child sitting on an expanse of pebbles, back to the camera. In the distance is a river and trees on both banks.
A Photo by Alex Guillaume on Unsplash

Short definitions in verse — words and ideas defined in 25 words or less, #39

His hand over mine
steering my bike.

Palm on my back
as we watch the game.

Tears of pride
as I say, “I’ll marry her”.


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Short music-themed poems, in 25 words or less

Track #14

Stories in sounds
of a writer’s loves, regrets,
losses and fears…
transporting hearers
to similar times and spaces
in their past memories
and present imaginations.

Australia’s much-loved singer songwriter/poet Paul Kelly, with a suitably Christmas feel to his song, ‘How to make gravy’ | YouTube
Songwriter Paul Kelly expands on his song set in a prison | YouTube | TEDx


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Short definitions in verse — words and ideas defined in 25 words or less, #38

Pain and pleasure
exiting as life rafts
to the outstretched reach
of air and light,
lifted to safety
until returning
as soaking rain to drought.


Man with leather jacket pretending to play a guitar. In other words, an “air guitarist”!
Man with leather jacket pretending to play a guitar. In other words, an “air guitarist”!
Image by Klaus Hausmann from Pixabay

Short music-themed poems, in 25 words or less

Track #13

A performance with NO
amp failure,
nor blisters on your fingers, or
any broken strings.

But
a GUARANTEE of
infectious, electrifying ROCK,
up to 11!

“Spinal Tap” — these go to 11! | YouTube

Paul Gallagher

Published author (Random House), writer, editor, speaker, faithful, with MS (pre-miracle); ratedpg.net

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