dVerse — Poetics 431 — Waiting

The Long Wait: Best Waiting Paintings - Art State of Mind

Waiting

Waiting is.” Heinlein once said.

Well, anticipation sucks
when you’re waiting for signs of
words, followed by actions, to
welcome us back to living.

Warm, strong arms and maskless smiles
wander, carefree, in my dreams.

 

image:  “Awaiting His Return,” by William Ladd Taylor (1854-1926)

Laura Bloomsbury is today’s host for dVerse‘ Poetics.  Laura says:
1A. Write a poem using the PLEIADES FORM. Pick a ONE-WORD TITLE then write a SEVEN-LINE poem of SEVEN SYLLABLES whereby each line begins with the FIRST LETTER of your title.
1B. Since only 6 of the Pleiads are now visible to the naked eye, some Greek legends explore what might have happened to the missing sister, Merope, sometimes called the Lost Pleiad. So you may prefer to write the Pleiades form with just SIX LINES of SIX SYLLABLES instead.

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Those last two lines…. ❤

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  2. I think I long for closeness too… this pandemic life is draining.

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  3. Ingrid says:

    Waiting does indeed suck sometimes! I am trying to be stoical about this pandemic, but sometimes it begins to wear me out. Well said!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ingrid thanks. My kids live in another city and it is wearing on me. Last night my older son came over to look at my printer/scanner after work (he works in my city) and he stayed for about an hour. Those bright spots keep me going.

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      1. Ingrid says:

        I hope you have many more of them once this thing is over.

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  4. kim881 says:

    You certainly captured the essence of waiting, Lisa, and I love the final lines, that’s what we’re all waiting for.

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  5. such an unexpected and novel approach to the prompt but you nailed it just the same and the final couplet is just perfect

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laura!

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  6. Oh, nice one, Lisa. I like the way you manage to get a conversational tone into such a structured piece. And yet it’s such a universal situation. Very well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sarah, many thanks.

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  7. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    At least the waiting for the demise of Trumpland is almost over, and thank God there 3 vaccines on the near horizon; 2021 will be better.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Just keep telling me that, Glenn.

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  8. Gillena Cox says:

    Ah yes waiting is an art in self. We catholics go through The Season of Advent before we get to Christmas☺ Happy Tuesday

    Much🖤love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think Catholics should skip advent this year. There has already been enough deprivation 😦 Thanks for your comment, Gillena.

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  9. Ron. says:

    I also thoroughly appreciate the conversational tone / wonderful alliteration throughout. Salute.

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  10. -Eugenia says:

    Lovely take on the prompt, Lisa. Your final two lines a voice for many.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Eugi, thank you ❤

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome! 😉

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  11. memadtwo says:

    This works so well in its parts, the pauses between The human touch is hard to wait for at any time. But this wait seems endless. And great art. (K)

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  12. Lucy says:

    Mystifying and eternal in such description of true freedom and happiness. An excellent piece. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lucy 🙂

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  13. robtkistner says:

    Oh Lisa, how I do dream of those days of mask-less smiles

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  14. Sadje says:

    Waiting is tough. Specially now. Very well expressed Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is, Sadje 😦

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  15. Truedessa says:

    Yes, it will be a lovely day when we can once again see smiles. Now, I look for it in the eyes but, there seems to be so much sadness there these days.

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  16. lynn__ says:

    You summed up our waiting…well done!

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  17. rothpoetry says:

    Well done Lisa. Your right about that… Waiting is a long drawn out process. I think we are all going to have PTSD till things get back to normal!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think you’re right, Dwight.

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  18. kaykuala h says:

    The missing sister seems to have a strong influence on the others. Wonder what makes her disappear, Jade!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very perceptive, Hank!

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  19. M Jay Dixit says:

    Heart touching peice, Lisa :))

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jay!

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  20. Francis says:

    Yes, sometimes it seems we’ve almost ceased to be human. Normal, not new normal, please. Very nice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Francis. Yes!

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  21. Life is either wishing and waiting for something or someone to turn up, or it’s dreading what we know is on its way. I’ve got enough dread to deal with; I’m happy waiting for the good things.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Jane.

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  22. lillian says:

    Waiting is. Oh yes…you’ve captured this so well. I think sometimes waiting can have a high energy level of expectation; and sometimes it can have a low level of despair. Either way….waiting just is.

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