Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Beth Winchcombe and Jack Horne--England

Weather Beaten

By Beth Winchcombe and Jack Horne

Storm clouds gathered
long before the parting
of the ways!
Grief sets in later!
Those tears I shed,
our love long dead.
Had I ever REALLY known HIM -
or just the facade he’d erected ?
I wonder whether cloud nine
will ever become mine?
Bright as a morning sunrise.
Fresh as morning dew.
That’s how I thought of you!
Floods of tears
through stormy years,
like metal turns to rust;
ashes turned to dust.
Weather changes by the hour.
Arc of a rainbow forms a shower.

First, lightning sparks of cruel words,
then came the floods of tears.
The icy silence, chilly glares
and gloomy jealous fears.
The sunny days, when love was young,
became a howling storm.
Her face a frozen mask of hate,
when once her smile was warm.
I thought the love she felt for me
was like a summer day:
the bluest sky without a cloud,
but now the sky is grey.
Her heart a waste of arctic snow,
my words will never thaw.
The love we had is hail and sleet
and perished in the squall.


  1. Thank you, Andrea Dietrich, for the following comment--

    I love reading poems by Jack, and though I don't know Beth, I think she did a wonderful job alongside Jack writing this poem.

    1. A beautiful piece. l particularly found the following lines impressive:
      "I wonder whether cloud nine
      will ever become mine?"

  2. Great collaborative, Beth and Jack! Isn't it amazing how all of nature serves as a grand metaphor to life and that human life reciprocates! Your poem is clever and creative. Your poem offers great imagery and depth. You two give collaborative a brand new meaning of excellence! Sheri

    1. Interesting how the one poet, Beth, renders up a softness and tender heart heart by a love lost and Jack hammers her for not being the love he envisioned. So true to life. I have never met a divorced couple who saw the split through the same eyes. Excellent collaborative poem. Robert

  3. This IS a wonderful collaboration; very sad, but so intensely emotional and true. You both had me captivated from the first lines.


  4. Thank you, Sara Kendrick, for the following comment--

    I enjoyed reading this one filled with emotion...


  5. Jack and Beth, you both did a magnificent job of writing a very emotional poem. I could picture very well, the looks on the faces of each participant as well as feel the emotions of both. A very well written poem. Thank you for sharing your talents,

  6. Dear Beth and Jack,

    When people only present a "facade," we never get to know who they really are. Very powerful poem, my friends. I think you hit a bullseye in describing these types of people.


  7. Dear Beth and Jack,
    This is a beautiful collaboration, full of emotions and feeling. Thank you.

  8. Dear Jack and Beth,

    You guys did a great job on this co-write the emotional imagery you describe is amazing. Hearfelt and full of emotion you can feel for these people. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great writing!

    Love Sandra

  9. Thank you, Jack and Beth, for another spectacular collaboration. I love the way both parts of the poem hint back to each other. You compliment each other so well. A joy to read. Thanks for sharing.

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

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

    could you also post my thanks to people for their kind comments on my co write with Beth?

  11. Jack and Beth, your wonderful heartfelt composition of chosen words creates deep emotion in this poetic piece. Blessings, Leokadia