Category Archives: Etheree

Stray Kitten

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My family once had two white cats.  They chased after each other through the house, sliding on the wooden floors, banging into doors and continue on.

One day, with the two children in the car, we went to the country to see the trees in their Autumn colours.  One of the children called from the back seat that a kitten was there in the trees.  We stopped the car.  It was a blue-eyed white kitten, infested with fleas, worms, with eye and ear infections.  A kitten, probably 2 or 3 weeks old.  We brought her to the vet, got her shots, prescriptions and so on.  We got her clean and healthy again.  On her next visit to the vet, he told us that she was blind and deaf.

Now we had three white cats running through the house, and two kids running after the cats through the house.  Those were the days, long ago now.

The following poem has nothing to do with my story.  When I wrote the poem for the prompt I thought back to the time when we found our little white cat.

Written for V.J. Prompt: Character

Characteristically, she offers
caring to the blue-eyed stray kitten
fashioning space in her backpack
hiking down the mountain trail
soft purring lifts her step
mother and kittens
ahead on trail
purring friend
given to
Mom

©Hélène Vaillan

 

Remembrance (2) – Fallen Heroes

 

poppy

Fallen Heroes

Spirited poppy fields generate peace
illustrious host to the Fallen
they lie in solemn mastery
sheltered in eternal life
in commemoration
steadfast forefathers
salutation
fervent souls
gently
sleep.

World
lament
urgency
necessitates
guided direction
forefathers influence
compassion in tender age
all-inclusive acknowledgement
planting amiable principles
strengthening unity in all countries

©Hélène Vaillant

Written for: COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 109, HAPPY NOVEMBER – “POETS CHOICE OF WORDS”

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WRITTEN FOR: What do you See? Nov/6/2018

Let it Be

 

stark

Sue Vincent #writephoto: prompt Stark

 

Written for: Thursday photo prompt: Stark #writephoto

Let it Be

Life
stood still
exposed
to elements
landscape around me
reflecting disquiet
stripped to the bone, forgotten
overwhelming desolation.
Unbalanced, I collapsed to the ground
face forward at the feet of a stark tree.
Under earth’s surface, roots whispered to me,
“Abundant life source repose within
resplendent light is seeking you
animate inner vision
beauty in ruggedness
see complete likeness
unveil constraint
let it be
conscious
life.”

©Hélène Vaillant

Lady of the Sea

Written for: prompt = What do you See? Challenge Oct/30/2018

Double Reverse Etheree poetry form

mermaid on the sea Helene's Photo

Lady of the Sea

Long ago, alongside whales and dolphins
Swimming carefree beneath ocean waves
Peculiar beings entrapped me
Forcefully brought me to shore
Positioned their trophy
Permanently still
Clothed into stone
Numb abode
Playmates
Swim
I
Hardened
My heart grieves
For source of life
Direct gaze to sea
In the absence of breath
How can I reclaim my heart
Will strangers ever part with me
Respect appeal from Whales and Dolphins
Grant my spirit a return to the sea

©Hélène Vaillant

Deliverance

Written for:

V.J.’S WEEKLY CHALLENGE #21: VEIL

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Pinterest free image – Caitlyn Kurilich

Double Etheree poetry form

Deliverance

Rose
flowers
graced headdress.
Grave tearing eyes
behind hazy veil
beseeching liberty.
Wriggling worms inch in her brain,
demon denounces her evil
bellowing, “Kill the King! Kill the King!”
Dagger in hand perforates her belly.
Worms slithering in her infested womb.
Poison-laced blade reaching to the King,
demons echoing, “King is Dead!”
Exultation raise the veil
complete deliverance.
Embracing the void
she reigns on High
entering,
heaven’s
womb.

©Hélène Vaillant

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