I am the Shadow

Charmed Chaos


“I like on the table,
when we’re speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.” ―Pablo Neruda

I am the shadow
cast upon the table
by an emerald bottle
of rich ruby wine
veiled in haunting moonlight
ripe with the juice of blackberries
dark as the earth’s terra

I am an enigma cloaked
in a velvet mystery
waiting for discovery
by the exploring touch
of your sensuous tongue
and your lips resting
upon mine

Written for dVerse Poets Pub: Meeting the Bar- I Am, the First Person Narrative

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Serene Abode

Confab With Me

Somewhere over the meadows
hidden in the spiral of times

where the skies are cerulean
and smiles are in abundance

where the rivulet flows gently
with the rhythm of time

Where prejudice doesn’t exist
and inclusion echos

Let us all dream
to create in our heart
such a serene abode

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The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – July 16

Jo Hawk

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 198 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Half of the year is in our rear-view mirror, and I am drawing a line in the sand. The targets I missed, the stories I didn’t compose, they no longer matter. These last six months are history. Done. I won’t lie, 2020 kicked me in the head, leaving me stunned, unsteady, and incapable of completing anything beyond basic tasks. I bet I am not alone, but don’t count me out yet. They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? I am confident I will discover I am more capable than I have ever been. I dug deep, reevaluated my annual goals, and I decided…

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The Struggles and Challenges of Reaching Your Mountaintop – Daily Quote

Come Listen to Michael Jordan’s Advice!!!!

Jo Hawk


Obstacles often feel insurmountable. They present themselves at inopportune times and make us question everything. Why is this so difficult? What was I thinking? How does anyone do this? Maybe I should quit. They say, if achieving goals were easy, everyone would do it.

This year’s opening salvo stopped me in my tracks. The external challenges were daunting. I realized they are outside of my control, and I ignore them at my peril. There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Just when I assumed I was ready for my grand adventure, they blindsided me. But I refuse to entertain defeat. I went back to the drawing board and reassessed how those external obstacles changed my internal obstacles. This was important since these are issues over which I have total command. I also rearranged my daily routines, making appropriate adjustments. Habits are wonderful when they move you toward your goal…

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