Poetry – Stealing Memories and Chasing Butterflies

Well, I don’t have a writing-related post prepared.  You see, I’ve been quite lazy about working on my manuscript lately.  I did write two poems yesterday, so I thought I’d share them…it was either that or post about another of my character flaws (I don’t think anyone is ready for that)!  Happy Thursday to all 🙂

Stealing Memories

Her face has a story to tell,

Laugh lines, crow’s feet, thinning skin.

Age shows everywhere-

A map of where she’s been.

Her heart has stories to tell,

Beautiful gifts of a life well-lived.

Was it yesterday or years ago?

She cannot remember when…


Chasing Butterflies

He stalks,

Smashing tall blades of grass.

He leaps,

But misses the colorful wings.

He focuses,

Tries again to catch a dream-

It dodges his grasp,

Just out of reach.

He doesn’t give up,

For so long he tries.

Until finally,

He shows in his jar – the prize;

A moment of glory

Before he sets it free.


11 thoughts on “Poetry – Stealing Memories and Chasing Butterflies

  1. Cities of the Mind August 5, 2010 / 4:22 PM

    These are light and lovely, I enjoyed them both, particularly the second. Thanks for sharing!

    • jannatwrites August 6, 2010 / 8:22 PM

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you liked the poems!

  2. Brown Eyed Mystic August 5, 2010 / 5:04 PM


    I never knew you wrote poems by the way, until I read your last comment on my blog.

    I loved the poems; especially the ending of the second one was interesting. He finally let the beautiful wings free 🙂 Sweet.

    Confession: I normally get baffled when I read complicated poems–if you know what I mean. I have seen poets write in weird language (not all of course) that’s suited for the poetic types; but I am a layman when it comes to poems, so I like them short, simple and crisp just like yours 🙂


    • jannatwrites August 6, 2010 / 8:25 PM

      I’m glad you liked the poems (poetry was my first venture into writing, by the way. I have notebooks of stuff that starts back when I was fifteen). Yes, my older son is obsessed with insects, but he runs a catch-and-release program. I too get confused by many of the deep, meaningful poems (and they make feel dumb because I don’t ‘get’ them). That’s probably why I keep them simple 🙂

  3. Kavita August 6, 2010 / 12:43 AM

    The first poem was really lovely, in a sad way… I was especially drawn to it, cuz it was kinda in line with my previous poem ‘A glass so full’…

    The second one was SUPERB.. the analogy – stunning!!!

    • jannatwrites August 6, 2010 / 8:27 PM

      Wow! Having you comment that anything I wrote is superb or stunning is a great honor because I really enjoy reading your poetry. Thanks so much!

      • Kavita August 6, 2010 / 9:31 PM

        Okay.. now I am really flattered!!! 🙂
        Thank you so much…

  4. Lua August 6, 2010 / 6:13 AM

    Wow Jenna, you should be more lazy and post more poetry 🙂 I love those!
    Chasing Butterflies was simply amazing!

    • jannatwrites August 6, 2010 / 8:29 PM

      I’m so glad you liked them! Both were inspired by ones I love and flowed easily to paper (thank goodness for post-it notes). I’m sure I’ll post more, but I don’t know when…

  5. Lavender Blue August 7, 2010 / 2:56 AM

    You’ve got quite the set up here. I LOVE your page, especially all the pictures of your fuzzies here, you may have noticed I have an affinity for those little friends. I’m going to add you to my blog roll if you don’t mind.

    • jannatwrites August 7, 2010 / 8:27 AM

      I’m glad you stopped by, Lavender Blue! I would be honored to be on your blogroll…thanks for the HUGE compliment.

      P.S. I enjoy your posts, so I check back often for new stuff – I look forward to your humorous take on life!

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