Distant Promises


Storm clouds form
in concrete mornings
as thunder rattles
inside inert eyes.

Like angry piano keys
played by hulking hands
repetitive raindrops ring
reminders of existence. Continue reading “Distant Promises”


An Ominous Ballad Of Mother Nature

White lightning, — strikingly jumped out —
of calamitous huge cauliflower-shaped clouds…
Sounds of thunder roared ferociously,
shaking red wooden barns that splintered.

Water snaked through green grassy land hills
— forming pools at the basins, — becoming flood.
The animals were nervous, horses neighed,
disturbed by the annoyance of the storm!

The oak trees swayed, — bending to the ground —
as the violent winds cut like razors…
Chills of fear bore deep within my skin,
hope was lost, as screams would go unheard!

Mother nature danced on the horizon,
— whistling forcefully an ominous ballad; —
almost ready to take her children home!


Copyright © 2018 – Brian Nettles. All Rights Reserved

8 Dead Poet Prompts

I’m hosting a contest on AllPoetry.com based on the following 8 Dead Poet Prompts. The theme is Dark vs. Light. To find out more, feel free to visit the contest, or if you blog on WordPress, let me know and I’ll come visit.

  1. “I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.” – Pablo Neruda
  2. “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth
  3. “Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I have a call.” – Sylvia Plath
  4. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – Edgar Allan Poe
  5. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare
  6. “Do I dare disturb the universe?” – T.S. Eliot
  7. “Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, and yet a third of life is passed in sleep.” – Lord Byron
  8. “Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.” – Walt Whitman

Rules for the contest

  • Minimum 15 lines, Maximum 25 lines
  • Looking for emotionally-charged lines (make me feel something)
  • No words per line rule but please don’t stream 25 lines of 1-2 words per line – Brevity is cool.
  • Free-verse is preferred, rhyme is OK, forced rhyme never
  • No pre-writes
  • No cutting, vampires, werewolves, zombies, serial killer or ghoulish horror
  • No comedy, fluffy kittens or erotic
  • Adult – light sensual ok but should be in good taste
  • Keep it classy!


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