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DREADLOCKED INVOCATION: Sadje’s #WhatDoYouSee #WDYS Poetry Image Prompt #160

Image credit; Pavel Danilyuk@ Pexels

For the visually challenged reader, Sadje has chosen this image which shows a young man in a pose of supplication, hands together and head bowed in prayer. Below is my contribution: 👇👇


Ear-ring crucifix
Piercing his earlobe
Fashion statement
Or expression of faith
Head bowed &
Hair dread-locked
In earnest invocation
Eyes closed tight
Hands joined together
Demands sincere concentration
Understands that prayers
Aren’t always answered
In the manner we hope
But he does so anyways
Just as his mama taught him

Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:


Wish that I could’ve frozen time

Halted it completely in its tracks

Made it that the bells wouldn’t chime

That you wouldn’t fade to black

Wish I could’ve wrapped you

And your fragile little frame,

Stooped in humble service

Like a perpetual prayer,

up in cotton wool

In bubble wrap

In my arms

Breathe fresh life

Into your lungs

But cancer had set its trap

Aggressively it had struck

And your body slowly wasted away

To mere skin & bone

As if you were made to atone

For some ancient sin

You’d buried deep within

A thought I scarce can entertain

For it would stain

Your memory

Your legacy

You were too pure

Too gentle

For this earth

Hope you find the peace

You’re looking for

To make your sacrifices



Wish that I could freeze time

Halt it completely in its tracks

Get a marker & draw a line,

Across which you cannot pass

For fear that you might get older

Grow up too soon

Lose your childlike innocence

For you’re too young to shoulder

Such burdens.

If that makes any sense.

Put together your very own

Wardrobe to Narnia

Where you’ll never grow old

Or succumb to disease

Where you’ll never be told

What to do

Or have to appease

You’ll sit on the throne

Guided by the great lion

And rule your kingdom

With kindness and compassion

Love and wisdom

Strength & dignity

For the whole of your life







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