when spirits touch….

Duel Poetry
by Charlie Martin & River Urke

the call of a lone wolf
through the deepest corners
of the northern forest
a sound so primeval
from a forgotten soul
a wanderer of time
a time before men
walked the mossy path
alone, separated
and divided from all
now their relative calls
out their names
pleading for them
to return to the old ways
when men knew their brothers
and walked with their sisters
a time they lived side by side
no blades between or
tar soaked earth
only the warmth of love
for one another
a deep respect
for all who shared this place
and walked upon this path
a thousand miles far
the call of a lone wolf
resonates, passing through
earth, water, fire, and air
a girl lifts her ears
and speaks to the wind
brother I hear you
your voice is my voice
your sadness is mine
the lone wolf replies
young one, I carry
too heavy a burden
for your soft back
the girl smiles
and says to the old one
then let us do as before
and share the burden’s
of this world

Charlie and I did it again! A duel poetry challenge. We were finished in less then a day.  🙂

Duel Poetry a prearranged poetry writing challenge  between two people to evolve a new poem where each writer must respond to the other writer’s lines  (4 -5 ) until both parties agree that the poem is complete.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gospelwriter
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 09:19:32

    Oh this is beautiful, evocative, like the image! I hear the call and long for a return to that age-old time wolf speaks of, of men living in peace, no blades between.

    Quite amazing how you two meld individual inputs into one, wolf would be proud…

    (just so you know, I left the same comment on Charles’ page… love when you do these collaborations)


  2. slpmartin
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 10:53:02

    River…just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful writing experience again.


  3. River
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 15:09:50

    ….and I to you, Charles!


  4. buttercup600
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 19:09:38

    Like some of the words in this mastery of phrases, I truly respect both of you so very much!! Thanks River and Charles, for writing this superb poem…Your most ardent admirer oxoxox

    I also left the same comment on Charles’ page 🙂 Hugs xxx


  5. Cindy
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 13:17:05

    I left a comment on Charles’ page also.
    I just wanted to drop in and say hello and that this collaboration is wonderful..
    River, I have really enjoyed reading your blog here….beautiful poetry


  6. Jingle
    Sep 19, 2010 @ 19:21:31

    the image touches my heart.
    lovely piece.


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