Love missed but found – Poem inspired by a prompt

So I missed most of yesterday on WP but when I got on today, I saw this poetry prompt on Panda’s blog.

Salt, River and Book, the theme infinite possibilities.

As posted on Panda’s site:

“Apparently Rambly posted another prompt. A group of us, Rambly, SusanPrayerMimsyKellogg have been playing poetry games, and this is one of the prompts.

The words required were Salt, River and Book, the theme infinite possibilities.” Now I’m off to see what all the fuss is over a squirrel and nuts…

Love missed but found

I ventured out across the river
Headed for the far side
Love waiting there

Arms out stretched, beckoning
On I paddled, blisters forming
Muscles tired, determined

Fog drifted in

Yet through the patches here and there
I caught a glimpse
Her golden hair waiving in the breeze

I reached the far bank
Worn from the journey
Yet found no lady fair with golden hair

Pain and sorrow
Salt in my blistered hands
Wounded heart

My lady fair a tree
Golden leaves basking in the sun
Branches swaying in dance with the wind

Still calling,
Come, rest
Shade, love

Climbing out,
Weary and down hearted
Leaned my back against the tree


With blistered hands
Muscles sore
Yet sitting now on the far shore

I realized

Love had been calling
My vision had been blurred
Here I sat in loves embrace

In the grace, comfort and love
Nature provided
Calling me to be free

Hands would mend
Muscles strengthen
Better prepared for next time

Standing to stretch and thank the tree
I turned to see a carving
“Further in you’ll find me”

I stopped and stared
Neatly tucked inside the words
A golden hair

A reminder to self that this is but
One chapter in my book of life
The rest, yet written

Filled with infinite possibilities

Stephen Kellogg – 2012

About Stephen Kellogg

Poetry, Ponderings, Prose, Photos & Pounding out the Pathways All at my blog... I hope you'll take a few minutes to wander around the site. Not all of what you read there will be happy or sad etc. but I trust my writings, photos etc will encourage, touch, inspire or just make you think…. I really appreciate feedback!! Thanks and enjoy Peace! Stephen Kellogg All of my writings, pictures etc are original works, unless otherwise noted, and should be considered copyrighted.
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18 Responses to Love missed but found – Poem inspired by a prompt

  1. Oh, Stephen–you took this someplace beautiful Thanks for playing with us. Love where this led.

  2. ruleofstupid says:

    I do love the variety these prompts throw up, and this is another great entry. This prompt was actually supposed to be river, book, salt and the theme Smut! I mixed it up in my post – so if you fancy another prompt 😉

  3. Let the esoteric debates on the REAL prompts begin!
    I lost track some time around mid-afternoon….
    Love where you took this Stephen–so many layers of possible meaning…

  4. Whimsy Mimsy says:

    This was really lovely. You went places the rest of us didn’t with the prompt. I’m so glad you played.

  5. OK, my new poem is up trying to stick to the original intent of the prompt 😀


  6. Stephen it was beautiful, smut or no, I followed your journey across the river with your words.

    A reminder to self that this is but
    One chapter in my book of life
    The rest, yet written

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