Legend of the Glass ~ Poem

my glass is half empty

i don't want to get up
i'm tired of rising
to fill it up

one last trip
to the river tonight
i'll leave the glass
half empty

legend says
by tomorrow
it will be half full

the difference
a day makes!

~ Elizabeth Anne Ives

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

Wayne Dyer

This Life ~ Poem

i try to take deep breaths
and allow the world to be
but i swear this life
will be the death of me

 the gurus say wake up
and simply let go
but i'm reminded
"as above so below"

storm clouds are brewing

i'm beginning to believe

we've been mislead
by social media, the news
and all the talking heads
the conflicting opinions and
fake stories they spread

i must reclaim my life
and cancel my subscriptions
to cable tv, facebook, twitter
and simply listen

to the healing sounds
of mother earth, 
the rivers and the trees

when i die,
let mother nature be
the death of me

Poem and photo by Elizabeth Anne Ives

The Story Told a Thousand Times~Poem

listen brother, to a story oft told
of our ancestors new and old

for millennia humans make the claim:

you and me, we're not the same
we are different in every way

looks and language are just the start
our beliefs and customs are worlds apart

but you and yours have crossed the line
and threaten the livelihood of me and mine

now take your people and leave our land
or me and mine will take command

wait brother! what is this i hear
a mother-ship has landed near

aliens are invading earth
threatening the planet of our birth

come brother,
let me and mine and you and yours
join together and create a force

listen brother,
you and me, we are the same
we are earthlings in every way

we share this planet, we call it home
we are mortals of blood and bone

we share the ancestors of the common man
we must fight the aliens before they take our land

once again, the aliens have left this place
and declared humans an inferior race

not yet evolved enough to see
that i am you and you are me

~ Elizabeth Anne Ives

Day 2

From the NaPoWriMo website:
Today’s prompt is based in a poem by Larry Levis called “The Two Trees.” It is a poem that seems to meander, full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time. It takes its time getting where it’s going, and the action of the poem itself takes place over months. Today, I’d like to challenge you to similarly write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable length of time.

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Circles ~ Poem

shall i make a change
          walk a new path
or circle back
          to the old and familiar?

i am done
          retracing my steps
sniffing for the comforting
          scent of a mothballed
life once lived

i must
          circle ahead
in search of
          something new
like the sweet scent of
          fresh dew

i shall savor
          this moment
savor each

inhale a new future
          and exhale mothballs

ah, but the smell of mothballs
          takes me back
circles me around
          does it do that to you too?

~ Elizabeth Anne Ives

From the NaPoWriMo website:

Today’s prompt (optional, as always) is based on this poem by Claire Wahmanholm, which transforms the natural world into an unsettled dream-place. One way it does this is by asking questions – literally. The poem not only contains questions, but ends on a question. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that similarly resists closure by ending on a question, inviting the reader to continue the process of reading (and, in some ways, writing) the poem even after the poem ends.

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The Face of God ~ Poem

The Face of God
i touched the face of god
when she wasn't looking

i offered to make amends
 for having sinned
i was directed to travel
back through time
deconstruct events
and pay a fine
but time is a fickle friend
time changes nothing

once you've seen the end
once you've touched
the face of god
and know 
it's all pretend

~ Elizabeth Anne Ives

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