Saturday, May 3, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By James Marshall Goff and Carolyn Devonshire

Butterscotch Moon

By James Marshall Goff and Carolyn Devonshire

My hand
Wet with tears pouring down my face
Reaches out and finds nothing
Empty spaces where familiar voices
Once comforted me
My only hope
Is sleep, where dreams, in sketchy
Re-wind, promise a glimpse of lost
Loved ones, maybe a voice, if fleeting
Even, to soothe me
Those still with me
Look to me for strength, my motor
Memory urging me on, focusing
On the well, deep in my heart,
Cycle renews
Another beloved soul passes
Light they find
But darkness they leave behind
Hungry monster
Selfishly consumes my life
Devours all glimmers of hope
Leaving me
Destitute on a perilous plane
Mere existence
Not life as it once was
Confronting memories, loneliness
Trek on an unbalanced bridge
Connecting life and death
Emotions purged
Shadows of yesterday surround me
Wisdom of loved ones
Permeates my thoughts
With clear vision, handed down to me
From my ancestors


  1. Dear Jim,
    It was such a pleasure composing this poem with you. Hope we can write together again soon. Sending prayers and blessings your way. Love, Carolyn

    1. Thanks Carolyn! our thoughts combined effortlessly! and Karen, thank you for this forum and opportunity...oh, Mom says hi! she finished her amazing memoir, filled with family photo's, recipe's, poetry and her beautiful prose! Love, jimbo

  2. WOW! James and Carolyn
    what a breathtaking poem. A lot of different
    emotions when I read this. Thank you!

  3. An image of melancholy runs through this poem. Life is indeed a gift to be cherished. Thank you Carolyn and James.

  4. James and Carolyn this is what I call a masterpiece in collaboration. At the very least it was in my mind and heart as I read and recalled emotions of my own which conjoined with yours at the death of a loved one. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us. I truly appreciated the read.
    Love, Charlene

  5. You guys, what an awesome collab that totally defines every avenue of grief expressed in a loss! Two minds really have to meld to get such an intricate write accomplished! I would absolute adore to read more of you two! What a joy that Whispers guests are frequented by such wonderful talent, in a stress-free environment such as Whispers which embraces us all......... God bless, Sheri

  6. A wonderful co-write James and Carolyn, your poetic words blend so well together in capturing special moments in life. A lovely piece to read. Blessings always. Leokadia

  7. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    heartbreaking but very well written collaboration

  8. Beautiful collaboration! Wow...such immense power and emotion, such intensity. I believe everyone can identify with your words. The collaboration is seamless. Well done! Kristina

  9. Hi,

    Welcome James to our poetry community! Thank you, Carolyn, for inviting him to write with you for this amazing featured poem. The emotion pours through your words in a seamless way that is so heartfelt. Best wishes to both of you in your writing journeys.


  10. Thought-provoker. Very moving and touching. Nice collaboration, James and Carolyn. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  11. This is poignantly sad yet reminds us of the wisdom that stays with us when we lose our loved ones. It is truly beautiful.

  12. Dear Carolyn and Jim,

    A beautifully written heartfelt poem on loss. You two did a great collaboration together it so well done thank you for sharing it with us.


  13. Thank you all for heartfelt comments....jimbo