"Life is the dancer and you are the dance."
Eckhart Tolle

Thursday, January 13, 2011

safe and secure poets united thursday think tank #31-random deviation


To build a castle round oneself
never letting anyone get too close.
Walls high and strong,
overlooking rough terrain,
foliage and rocks.
Standing against rough times,
no-one can break them down.
A fortress that faces
an ocean of harshness.
Windows reinforced
to block the powerful winds,
allowing the sun or moon
to shine through … 
so we may look out from within.


  1. This is a very powerful poem, conversely reminiscent of John Donne's No man is an island..." Beautiful and intense.

  2. I definitely relate to this one, secure and safe here in my little castle:) "A fortress that faces an ocean of harshness" - powerful. Wonderful images and metaphors: "so we can look out from within." Great one, Pamela!

  3. Thanks BJ, that is quite a compliment:)

  4. Thanks much Sherry, the picture did invoke that particular image in. Safe and protected away from the harm of the outside world.

  5. Where can I get one of these? It's make a great monastery.

  6. You don't have one already Ollie?
    I thought you did:)

  7. Pamela,
    This is surely life itself. Inside looking out, feeling safe...in control..

    Wonderful use of the poetry prompt image.
    Love your words.
    Best Regards, Eileen

  8. Thanks Eileen, I so enjoyed this prompt.
    Don't we all feel safe within our castle walls.

  9. Great poem, reminds me of how some of us build a
    high fortress and others don't. Pamela, I love what you did with this week's prompt~

  10. Some of do Ella and well others are an open book, so to speak. Thanks.