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An Inverse Poem

By Cathy holmesPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - January 2024
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that it will bloom again in spring

if my soul sheds its smile

cannot distract me from feeling,

as the trees shed their leaves,

the bitter sting of November rains


that it will shine again come morn

if my heart loses its light

cannot divert my eyes from seeing,

as the sun falls from grace,

the haunting gloom of impending darkness


that it will thaw with loving warmth

If my mind freezes in sorrow

cannot impede me from knowing,

as icicles hang from eaves,

the biting chill of arctic winds


that one day soon, I too, will sing again

as ice will melt, trees will bloom, birds will chirp

cannot preclude me sensing,

amidst a landscape of murky greys,

the haunting sounds of nothingness

nature poetryMental Healthinspirational

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Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Anna 7 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Joe O’Connor8 days ago

    Definitely one of the best Inverse entries so far! Loved the structure, the repetition, the way it does really work both ways, and lines like “the biting chill of arctic winds”. Well done👏🏾

  • Ken_kudu24 days ago

    Love your stories so much ❤️❤️ Let's engage with each other's content 💪💪💪

  • E.K. Daniels25 days ago

    This is gorgeous, Cathy. 2 truly beautiful poems made more beautiful in the inverse. It takes skill to weave together these words so artfully. Well done!

  • hassen fraih26 days ago


  • Kenny Penn28 days ago

    Wow! Great entry Cathy!! One of the best I’ve seen so far! Congrats on a well deserved TS 🎉

  • Well-deserved top story! Congratulations Cathy!🎉🎉🎉

  • Sandra Tena Coleabout a month ago

    Beautiful as always! You never disappoint! 💙 x

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    I loved reading it bottom to top especially with the mental health themes. This is such a phenomenal entry. Very impressed. Sorry I missed it earlier came here by way of Celia’s entry lol! Well done Cathy on an awesome top story! 😁

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Whoa! You are showing some awesome sauce here Cathy! Great top story pick so kudos to you!

  • Daphsamabout a month ago

    This is so well written!

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    This is amazing, I so completely identify with that holding of knowledge and feeling that don't line up, and how you can feel two things at once like that.

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Well this is amazing. Damn, buddy! Congrats on the appropriate Top Story award!

  • C. H. Richardabout a month ago

    Beautiful Cathy ♥️ Definitely conveys both feelings of grief and hope! Congratulations on Top Story too! ♥️♥️♥️

  • Daniel J. Heckabout a month ago

    Great poem! I can relate to the ice imagery and to the idea of melting our way through to new and healing thought patterns. Keep up the good work!

  • Bopoabout a month ago


  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    This is phenomenal. I mean, bloody hell. I'm going to struggle with this challenge. Especially after seeing something like this.

  • Gerard DiLeoabout a month ago

    Really good!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Don't be S.A.D anymore! This got a Top Story! Wooohooooo congratulations! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Wow! You did it. And even made it longer than most of the ones I've read so far. Congrats...Twice!

  • Xine Segalasabout a month ago

    Amazing! Wonderful both ways! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Morgana Millerabout a month ago

    This is absolutely brilliant. I love that you evoked the senses in the lines you made your axes—"cannot preclude me sensing," "cannot divert my eyes from seeing,"—really clever, and far and beyond better than any of the reverse poems I found on google when I was trying to figure out how in the heck to write one of these. 😂

  • sleepy draftsabout a month ago

    Yessssss!! Congratulations, Cathy!! This is one of my favourites. ❤️

  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    Wonderful, a well deserved T.S. 👏

  • Oneg In The Arcticabout a month ago

    Such unique stanzas and theme here, congrats on the top story as well!

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