Vale (A Silver Shovel Poem)


agonizing thoughts poets
beg to end; just wanna dream
sky’s darker shade with moonlit
peeping in the corner the night.

the never-ending finifugal
of wanting to say goodbye
but not needing to let go
all in one piece of prose;

and maybe of poetry, that
would stellify every desire
heart’s filled with meraki, as
universe may finally say;

take it or leave it
never look back or
don’t let go, pick one
choice is yours.

adieu is hard, harsh or
sometimes an outright
death sentence, but
every poetry has to end;

just as every story, vale?

This is my final offering for Val’s NPM Scavenger Hunt:

The Silver Shovel by Monty Vern is a variation on the Golden Shovel where you take a line or lines from an existing poem and credit the original poet and poem.

The Silver Shovel uses each KEY word as an end word skipping words like a/an/and/the/, etc. that are not essential to the meaning of the line.

You must keep the end words in order. The new poem does not have to have the same subject as the poem the line(s) were derived from.

The bonus is to use a poem from a WP poet. I use a line from Maria’s (  poem called, “Poets dream,” “Poets dream of moonlit nights”

Also for Reena’s Exploration Challenge

I’ve chosen a few unusual words to serve as a fillip to your imagination.


Adjective: hating endings; someone who prolongs saying goodbye for as long as possible.


Adjective: to do something with soul, passion, or love. 


Verb: to turn into a star. 

Hush – A Triple Tetractys


my love
it’s scary
but we’ll get through
the end will all be worth it, so dear hush

love me dearly as the sun loves the moon
hold me tightly
don’t let go
please my

tonight dear
then dream of me
meet me halfway in your deep quiet sleep

For David’s Weekly Prompt:

D. Avery’s prompt guidelines

• Write a ‘Tetractys’;

• A further challenge is for the first and last word to be the same;

• A double or triple Tetractys, in either order, would be okay.


• At least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20);

• Can be written with more than one verse but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count;

• Can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;

• Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;

• Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; and so on…

Complications – A Daisy Chain Poem

Complications – A Daisy Chain Poem

complications should not only be about love

love is just like a honey bee flowing gently

love is about lovely imagery and metaphors

love is all the beat and rhythm in life and living

love is just like the perfect counts of syllables in a poetry

but why, oh, why, with all these complex complications?

For Val’s Scavenger Hunt

Daisy Chain: The last word in the line becomes the first word of the next line. To end the poem, the last word is the same as the first word.

It Ain’t Winning If Without You (best-seller in Japan)

happy and blessed September 1st my dear friends and poets. i’m kicking off the month on a very jubilant mood.

i am beyond thrilled seeing my book “It Ain’t Winning If Without You” once again making on the best-seller’s list, this time on Amazon Japan. and to make it even more exciting it is along side the updated editions of  John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

for a book to be a best-seller is a blessing and a gift; and to see it along the league of the great poets is beyond what my mind and my heart could ever dream of.

i am off to do my happy dance now. 🧚‍♂️🧚‍♂️🧚‍♂️

Japan, thank you so much. 🙏🙏🙏

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magnificent colors

an enchanting moment

of resplendent sky

of earth’s glorious escape.

the same kind of escape

i so badly need it right now

it doesn’t have to be magical

it doesn’t have to be colorful.

just an escape with you

on a Wednesday over

a long sunset drive it could be

anywhere you wanna be.

your left hand on the wheel

your right-hand holding mine

how long has it been?

i can’t tell, but i remember.

for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt

On A Monday

On A Monday

my hand reaches out for yours
my hand longs for yours.

my mind screams of your brilliance
my mind yearns for you from a distance.

my heart desires your endearment
my heart craves for you at this moment.

my soul demands your assurance
my soul needs your love.


my hand reaches out for yours
while sadly, you’re reaching out
someone else’s hand.


at this moment, i hide and cry in pain
this moment, the same time
you used to say you love me

on a Monday, early dinner.

I Stood Still

Its day 4 of Na/, I write a poem in the form of a poetry prompt, using the surrealist prompt-poem of  poet Mathias Svalina.

I Stood Still

i stood still
in the valley of death
in silence and in agony
blinded by the lights
neither by hope
nor by despair
what they don’t hear
they won’t complain
what they don’t see
they won’t fear
what they don’t feel
they won’t despair.

i stood still
in the valley of death
waiting for the morning star
to light my way
to the garden of Eden
where sinners
find refuge and forgiveness
where Christ the King
took His oath
oath upon oath
to save
to redeem
the human race

even with
“Judas’ kiss”

Features of Surrealistic Poetry:
Dream-like scenes and symbolic images.
Unexpected, illogical juxtapositions.
Bizarre assemblages of ordinary objects.
Automatism and a spirit of spontaneity.
Games and techniques to create random effects.
Personal iconography.
Visual puns.
Distorted figures and biomorphic shapes.

I am again pushing my poetic skills to the edge by combining them with the IG Lent Poetry Prompts:

Christ the King
Refuge of sinners
Garden of Eden
Morning star
Valley of Death

Featured in Ipoh Echo

poetrybymich 💥💛💫 i am very pleased and honored to be featured once again by Ipoh Echo, a newspaper publication based in Perak, Malaysia.

Here is an excerpt of the feature. To read the full story you can click this link

“In conjunction with International Women’s Day, here is her precious advice for all women out there especially in the pandemic: “An empowered woman is a woman who is not afraid to fail and commit mistakes – someone who bounces back stronger and better. The pandemic is just one of those many trials we are bound to face in our lifetime. With courage, determination, perseverance and tenacity, we will all get through this. Finally, understand who you are and live your purpose.”

Thank you to Tan Mei Kuan, for writing this beautiful feature story and to the Editorial staff of Thank you too to the women of PWWS, this journey would have not been possible without them.

Featured on Asian Times Now

poetrtbymich 💛💥💫 Featured on Asian Times Now, Asia’s biggest news agency

Below is an excerpt of the feature story, to read full feature story click this link

Michelle says “As for me I’d rather wait for the perfect time for things to happen and unfold on their own. We can always achieve greater things if we work hard and if we never give up. So, there is nothing that I would give up to become a better writer because everything that I have and everybody around me is what makes me a better writer.”

A Lifetime

A Lifetime

isn’t it odd that we are bound to have a list
of the things we wanna do before we go?

isn’t it peculiar that we do good deeds
because we want to be remembered?

what if we do things just as we want it to be
and just carry on with the daily life with glee?

what if we just say something nice
to anyone and everyone no dice?

we can try some random acts of kindness
no cameras, no other people to praise

we could volunteer in our community
and spread love around the city

we could visit or meet up with old friends
and reconnect with them it would be the best

or maybe, just maybe, we could love with all our hearts
no ifs, no buts, just take the chance and start

maybe then we’ll know what living truly means
that is letting go of our “before i die” list

after all who needs a list when we have
a lifetime of memories to make?

so baby, hold my hand and let’s live 
a lifetime together forever

For Sadje