I Take Flight (Etheree)

This Double Etheree* Poem is another collaboration between Bianca and I.

Lines 1-5, & 11- 15 Melanie Blackwell

Lines 6-10, & 16-20 B.G. Bowers


away past

to unearth Me

beauty forged in pain

mottled marble fractures

birth fruitful blossoms of hope

immutable memories ache

easing with each sunset and sunrise

gnarled roots transform into pillars of strength

resilient spirit rises, a phoenix

untethered by blood or history

free from unjust shackles of shame 

I create myself anew

upon this foundation

Healing wings of love

Bold pursuit of

Youthful dreams

I take




© 2013 B.G. Bowers and Melanie Blackwell

*The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

…Triple Etheree, Quadruple Etheree, and so on!


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20 responses to “I Take Flight (Etheree)

  1. omtatjuan

    What a great getting together of talented souls!

  2. bgbowers

    I love those first 5 lines – they could be a stand alone poem. Thank you, I do enjoy these collaborations.:) Are there any other forms you’re interested in trying?

  3. jdsfiction

    Beautiful! You guys did an awesome job. It feels very free, like an emotional freedom. 🙂

  4. Another fantastic collaboration!

  5. This is very, very nice indeed.

  6. What a brilliant collaborative voice you two have. Came here from mindlovemisery and am so glad I did. Great write!

  7. The new prompt is up if you are available and interested =)

  8. Pingback: Poetry is Art. Not a Frog. (Guest Post) | B.G. Bowers

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