seconds (out)

once a man, like the sea I raged,
once a woman, like the earth I gave

lyrics from the cinema show, seconds out, genesis



seconds are infinitesimal counting down seconds out but wait stop all the clocks what the hell is time anyway roll back the clock fast forward freeze frame pause seconds out

game >

< over

writing 101 | poetry | four | seconds | prompt by rosemawrites



Faces gone, black eyes burnin’ bright
The Rising.The Boss. Springsteen. Who else.


Rear view mirror.

Mirror, mirror what do you see?

What you wanted to see?

What you wanted to be?

Who you wanted?

Look back in anger, at the smoke, the terror, the closed doors, the falling buildings, the smell, the screams, the end?

Look back.


Then, stop looking, at the reflections.

Smash the mirror, and to hell

with, seven years of bad luck.

There, is after all, only the road.

Always, the road.

writing 101 | poetry | two | reflections | prompt by Melinda Kucsera

poetry 101 rehab: magic

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself
Leo Tolstoy

The Poetry 101 Rehab was initially set up for those who missed the creative writing challenge of the Writing 201 Poetry course run by the Daily Post.

Some may remember that last week I was of a mind to change things. Sometimes change is not a good thing. Listening is always a good thing.

So Poetry 101 Rehab is back. Not that it was away for long.


How does it work?

Feel free to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author. Write about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is in no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge. The idea is to get together, talk poetry and enjoy.

How can you take part?

Anyone can take part, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it by clicking on the Poetry 101 Rehab badge below or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.


I will be your host, and I’m here to reply to your comments, read your poetry, like and comment. While this post is the starting point for this week’s challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!

The prompt for this week is MAGIC.

Row upon row

of empty seats.

Day after day,

they stayed away

Who will pay?

None can say?

It sure ain’t,


This week’s prompt is a slightly bitter take on one of the consequences of the recent Brussels Lockdown and it’s also the prompt for the first day of the WordPress Writing 101 Poetry course to which I have signed up. I do hope neither you nor the people at WordPress mind me mixing the two together here in this post.

What will your take on the keyword MAGIC be?

Write about it in a poetry post and share your link in the comments section of this post and / or by clicking on the Poetry 101 Badge above.

writing 101 poetry | one  | magic | prompt by la duchess d’erat