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Poetry Challenge - Week Thirty-Three

Poetry Challenge 2019 - Week 33 Words

Poetry Challenge 2019 - Week 33 Poem

Week 33 words from @emiliecollyer: cinnamon, ache, yesterday, fossil and tongue.


I've papered over the ache

with distractions and distance

sunshine searing my cinnamon skin

humidity gulping my moisture


I'm leagues from home

but the glue is still wet

and the discordance of yesterday

bubbles to the surface


I bury my grief deep in the sand

to harden and turn into a fossil

but it's sharp and spiky

and stabs me in the foot

with the spines of a sea urchin

salt on my tongue



Here are the words and my poem for the thirty-third week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge.

It's been an eventful couple of weeks here in the tropical island paradise of Bali. Like all holidays, it hasn't quite gone according to plan and an extremely bad case of sunburn hampered my goal of having a massage every second day. However, these are minor inconveniences when you consider I am oceans from home and soaking up the sun instead of hugging the heater. And at least I managed to fit it into my poem!

If you want to join the 2019 Poetry Challenge, head on over to my Instagram account (@indraniperera) where I post the words for the week on Mondays (mostly) in my story. Write a poem and post it. Be sure to tag me and use the hashtags #2019poetrychallenge and #livepoetsclub. 

If you don't want to write a poem, you can still be part of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Send me five random words and I'll use them in a poem. Either DM me on Instagram with the words or send me an email (indrani at indraniperera dot com).

Happy writing!