And the poet said

“Put your rage on the page”

and the page said “Burn.”

And the fire lit the page

and the words to ash turned.

And the body lost by hours

became a grave no one mourned.

And the flowers crowned like bowers

resting eyes

as world




Image: Alchemy of Soul by PatriciaAriel, via @HouseOfMirrorsStudio on Instagram.


Partly inspired by a recent comment conversation with Charlie Zero The Poet. Charlie develops mind-bending, linguistically thrilling poetry mostly using the “cut-up” technique, and is a wonderfully supportive fellow creator to many here on WP. Do check out Charlie’s blog (WP link).

xoxox nadine/lia/petalouda/stl



59 thoughts on “And the poet said

    1. Let the words burn, and let hearts be transformed. Detachment is the path to freedom. Some wise person said that somewhere or other, I’m sure. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‡ Thank you so much, lovely Kara. πŸ˜πŸ’– I very much appreciate you and your very kind comment, which warms my heart. 😊🧑πŸ”₯

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  1. Nadine, this is a stunning poem, and I love it that this was inspired by the wonderful Charlie. I love your use of rhyme, which gives it a feeling of an inevitability toward the ending, a result from putting rage on the page. It creates a sense of drama and poignancy. I love it.

    I hope you’re having a good week, I hope it’s ok to say I’ve worried about you with the current world events ❀️ xoxox

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    1. It was thanks to your blog that I found Charlie’s, and connected with him there, so much of the credit belongs to you, dear friend. I keep wanting to make a post all about you, but you know when you care a lot about someone and doing them justice seems impossible? That’s how it feels when I contemplate it. Also creative flow keeps raging through like a river and determines that this or that be poured out at a given moment.

      All this rambling when what I really wanted to say is that your comment is a ray of sunshine in my morning. Having detailed feedback like this is a dream come true. Thank you. ❀️

      Thanks also for your concern regarding current world events. 🌏🌍🌎 Someone said “only god can save us now” – perhaps if “god” means “faith, love, hope, and persistence,” then I believe that is true.
      The sun is always shining, above the clouds. Love you. Thanks for being an umbrella.

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      1. Nadine, once again I am left speechless by your kindness and your friendship. Your love and belief in the goodness of me, and the goodness of everyone and everything. You are an absolute shining light, a light above the clouds, so if I can be a ray of sunshine, I am so so glad. You deserve the best of everything, and I love you back. You have absolutely, without doubt, made my evening

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        1. And now you make my heart laugh and cry at the same time. Thank you, gorgeous soul. (If I can borrow your own oft-used beautiful phrase.) Dual care-bear stare to the mad max πŸ»πŸŒˆπŸ˜πŸ’—πŸ˜πŸŒˆπŸ», and may you have a magnificent and magical evening. πŸŒŒπŸ€©πŸ’«πŸ’›πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ™


  2. Gosh, those care-bear stares are the original warm fuzzies, surely!!!


    I’m settling down to get intimate with my scanner 😳 – work documents that need uploading. Have a wonderful day, gorgeous soul ❀️❀️❀️

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    1. Oh gods. thank you. That reminds me of all the reverse-scanning I’ve got to do. (These days, it’ll be good to have paper copies of all the digital files, too. ;)) Much love to you. 😊❀️

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        1. No worries my dear. 😘It’s just sometimes good to have hard-copies of the essentials near. In case the functioning of the machines becomes less clear. 😌
          Many things (like electricity bills, which you can’t through bureaucracy without, here in France) arrive only by email now. But if something happens to our tech, it would be handy to have a paper copy. That said, “god” may take over, in the event that I fail to get a “round tuit.” ;)) (I will attach an image in a moment… wait for it…

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    1. Thanks Benjamin! That’s who Charlie credited it to, when he explained it to me. He’s left a video somewhere in the comments, either on my blog or his. Very cool! I haven’t used it either. Though yes indeed it certainly worked for Bowie, evidently! Such an incredible artist, he was.


  3. Putting my rage on the page! Wow! I love it! That is what I try to do, without holding back! It is a great opening line to a beautiful poem. Faultless technique Nadine. Loved this one. Hope you are well and good…stay alert, aware and indoors, the best way to come through this…All the best and lots of love, peace and solidarity from Spain I greet you,

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    1. Thank you so very much Francesc. Yes it’s good to have a private outlet where intense feelings can be safely transformed, especially in times like these. But a lot of love abounds also. πŸ’“ Many fond feelings from France to Spain, hope you are still able to get fresh air. Stay well! πŸ’›πŸŒ·

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        1. No need to stay indoors here. We live in the countryside. No one is around. And we are so lucky with the weather, too! Warm and a bit of sun. My husband says the same as you, about staying alert and aware. I’ll add stay loving, and try to keep faith as well. ;)) xoxoxo πŸ˜˜πŸ—½πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸŒ…πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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  4. I love this poem by you Nadine. One of my favorites and rage on the page.
    That is truth and therapeutic for how we all should feel and dig deeper into our external emotions.

    Hope you are well. I have been thinking about you and your family and how this pandemic is taking a giant toll on the world. Stay safe.

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    1. Thank you, Charlie!! I’m so glad you liked it! We are well here, although it’s a change having all of us home, all the time, for two weeks straight so far, and with no finite end in sight — but rather that, than a finite, unhappy ending. ;)) So, all good so far. Hope you are ok too. xoxo

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        1. p.s. Charlie… I didn’t miss your candlelight vigil post… which I just checked out again… I liked it, and I think I liked a bunch of people’s comments on it too… actually I thought I commented on it, but somehow maybe it wasn’t sent. Anyway, yes, it’s absolutely perfect for the times, thank you for that, and for all the supportive work you do. Hugs from the bloom πŸ€—πŸŒ»

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    1. Hi and welcome, Christina… thank you so much!! Feel free to reblog, thanks for letting me know. If you would, just quote the first two lines or less, please, and a link just after those to this post, with the byline “Nadine JL at” Thanks again; I very much appreciate your kind comment, whether or not you decide reblog. :)) xoxo πŸ’•πŸ™


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