Passionate Devotion: A Pantoum Poem

Passionate devotion
Played out in silence
Demonstrated in motion
Bowing to longtime acquaintance

Played out in silence
Love grown mature
Bowing to longtime acquaintance
Beautiful caring, innocent and pure


Loyal allegiance
Without any bounds
Childlike trust shown in acceptance
Even on unknown grounds

Without any bounds
Free from restrictions
Even on unknown grounds
And through life’s afflictions

Without any bounds
Demonstrated in motion
Even on unknown grounds
Passionate devotion

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nighttime haiku, written by Toni L.A. Cross 1/10/10

crickets tuning strings
fire-flies dancing ominous
clouds hiding everything else

something howls long
stillness broken violently
echoing through trees

darkness crawls slowly by
shivers of silent visions
banished by sun’s glow

Definition of Haiku:
3 lines
first line, 5 syllables
second line, 7 syllables
third line, 5 syllables
Haiku is required to ’suggest’ a single season somehow. It might be directly, by using a word like ‘blossom’ for Spring, or ’snow’ for Winter, or indirectly, by tone, imagery or pace.

consummation, written by Toni L.A. Cross 1/27/10

intricate twining

of flesh and of spirit

divine binding

within and without

complex artistry

of angles and curves

vivid intensity

sharp edges of soft

magnificent alignment

of wishes and sighs

abandoned fulfillment

soaring to unified bliss

married life, Written by Toni L.A. Cross 1/3/10

sleeping on the couch…
hot tears
burning scalding paths
and angry as heck (!)
how did the fight start?
hiccup sighs
shuddering with exhaustion
what for?
how to make it right?
near to midnight
lumpy afgan
only wanting cuddles
broken pride
crawls back into bed
(I borrowed this one from another of my blogs.)