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An Inverse Poem

By D.K. ShepardPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in Inverse Challenge
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Artist, at your core

So smoothly you con

It out, secrecy,

With your words you draw

Me in, defensive

Crumbling walls, collapse

Down from just your touch,

Safe haven, burning

Promises and oaths

On my heart, breaking

Through shadow layers

All disappearing

Now, for the good days

Everything is changed

At stitched raw edges

Overcast, undone

When you paint my skies

Blue, brimming over,

A canvas, I am

More, a muse broken

Free, by you wanting

Me, your masterpiece


About the Creator

D.K. Shepard

Character Crafter, Witty Banter Enthusiast, World Builder, Unpublished novelist...for now

Fantasy is where I thrive, but I like to experiment with genres for my short stories. Currently employed as a teacher in Louisville.


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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

  2. Easy to read and follow

    Well-structured & engaging content

  3. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

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    Zero grammar & spelling mistakes

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  • Esala Gunathilakea day ago

    Mesmerizing! Congratulations!

  • Mika Okaabout a month ago

    Great imagery!

  • Joe O’Connorabout a month ago

    I like how this flips around this line “Now, for the good days”, and how all the negative imagery that is hidden first time around is revealed bit by bit. Nicely done D.K. 👏

  • John Cox2 months ago

    THis is a very impressive inverse poem - long and complex. A real demonstration of your poetic skill set that you were able to write something this long that reads so well in both directions!

  • Gina C.3 months ago

    Oh, this is so clever, beautiful, and well executed! Fantastic concept! 😍 Congratulations!!

  • Wooohooooo congratulations on your win! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Gabriel Huizenga3 months ago

    Back to say congratulations on the recognition!! Well-deserved for such a wonderfully crafted piece :)

  • Randy Baker3 months ago

    Congrats on placing in the inverse challenge! I missed this one until now. Very well written!

  • Natasha Collazo3 months ago

    Great Job!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Brilliant!!! Congratulations on the runner-up win!!!

  • Congrats!! Great entry

  • Christy Munson3 months ago

    Congratulations on winning Runner Up in the Inverse Challenge! Excellent piece!

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    What a great inverse. Complete opposite meaning. I have great respect for writers who can do this so well.

  • Penny Fuller3 months ago

    I love the artist-muse relationship here. This is really compelling.

  • Gabriel Huizenga3 months ago

    What a striking piece!! Such a brilliant and tragic reversal when read backwards. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This is beautifully written, and works so well. Great job.

  • Hannah Moore3 months ago

    My favourite part is the little trio around painting the skies - I feel like this is a real pivot point forwards and back

  • Cleverly done! Love the first and last lines especially… artist & masterpiece ✅

  • Omgggg, you nailed this! It reads so well both ways, forwards and in reverse!

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler4 months ago

    D.K. I LOVE this poem! It's the first one of these I have read that I understand backwards and forward!! Nice job!

  • Alex H Mittelman 4 months ago

    Nice poem! Enjoyed!

  • A. Lenae4 months ago

    The dueling emotions that lay in this - so well done. This is an excellent inverse poem, not only with its expertly-placed opposing perspectives, but with its ability to be a mirror of and within itself. One that makes the reader question the original image depicted. AND using art and the creation of illusions to convey a warped relationship? Wow, I love this! Great piece!

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