when the world’s gone mad {again}, but wildflowers still rise



we stretch our palms 
in prayer, in praise 
and raise 
(our kids, our roofs, our voices)

into something hopefulmore, 
some ivory starplace 
restored, a
stark white sky-scribbled in clouds. 

we scratch soul algorithms 
into trees,
some fragment faith 
some papered hum. 


It’s Quadrille Monday over at dVerse, and I’m hosting. Come paper-play with me!

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42 Responses to when the world’s gone mad {again}, but wildflowers still rise

  1. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    “Some ivory starplace restored”…nice. Your close is killer. They say that in the middle ages, poets in prison would write poetry on the walls with their own feces.

  2. Hopefulmore… what a wonderful way to describe how we have to feel when the world had gone mad.

  3. Rob Kistner says:

    Oh De, nice… and still we go, round and round those soul scratched trees — chasing futility.

  4. Oh, your word-making is wonderful, and I really feel the yearning in this. It almost feels wrong to look for beauty at the moment.

  5. msjadeli says:

    lovely the way it builds those castles in the sky, away from harm.

  6. lynn__ says:

    I love your words “hopefulmore” and “a papered hum”!

  7. ‘some ivory starplace’
    Yes, that would do nicely, but the wild flowers growing would be fine too.

  8. Gillena Cox says:

    We are a crazy world yes indeed, we leave the paper on and sometimes write the trees.
    Luv “hopefulmore”
    Happy you dropped by to read mine


  9. merrildsmith says:

    Oh, this is beautiful! And those final lines are just glorious.

  10. Ingrid says:

    I love the expansive reaching in this, De…not arriving, but there is hope in the reaching!

  11. “we scratch soul algorithms
    into trees,” … a beautiful and thought provoking phrase! This poem seems like song. ❤

  12. Grace says:

    Beautiful hopeful and uplifting piece De. Love that hopefulmore,
    some ivory starplace.

  13. Beverly Crawford says:

    Yes, a hopefulmore starplace . I want to go there! Love your wordplay!

  14. Oh this is fabulous… “we scratch soul algorithms
    into trees,” ☺️💕

  15. Candace says:

    And that title just drew me in, you clever girl.

  16. Arcadia M says:

    My favorite line: “we scratch soul algorithms/into trees,”. Wow. Such an image.

  17. Callsign Ain says:

    Beautifully-worded, and of real substance….oh how I agree with you…

  18. Truedessa says:

    Even in the chaos a beautiful poem can be created…restored in some form of peace in those white clouds of hopefulmore

  19. K.Hartless says:

    Fabulous. Whiteboard clouds and the creations that come despite despair. I raise my pen in cheers to these sentiments.

  20. Raivenne says:

    “we scratch soul algorithms ” I like that. Beautiful wordplay, and of course “hopefulmore”.

  21. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done. Love this… we scratch soul algorithms into trees,

  22. “Hopefulmore” sounds good for these times. Beautifully expressed.

  23. Oh, that’s good. Such a buildup of parchment, from parched to paper hum. 👍🏼👍🏼

  24. Love this:


    Lovely, De!


  25. Helen Dehner says:

    “Paper hum” gave me a chill … a thoughtful prompt, Ms. De!!

  26. writingwhatnots says:

    Wonderful wordcraft De, and who couldn’t love ‘Hopefulmore’ .

  27. calmkate says:

    praying for peace is the only hope we can offer from afar … that this madness ceases. You composed such a poignant plea

  28. SelmaMartin says:

    aww- yes. loved this line most of all: stark white sky-scribbled in clouds. lovely poem that brings serenity. Thanks.

  29. qbit says:

    That was terrific.

  30. Love every word-pairing in this, De. A lovely, peaceful poem.

  31. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Your poem speaks to me. I feel it. These lines especially,
    “we scratch soul algorithms
    into trees,
    some fragment faith
    some papered hum. ”
    Thank you for sharing it.

  32. whimsygizmo says:

    Sorry for the late reply, all. I’ve been out of town. Appreciate your kind comments so much, but most especially, your beautiful responses to the prompt! It brought out so many amazing poems! ❤

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