Paisley Park

It rained last night at Paisley Park,
tears fell too when the lightning struck.
Your time cut short, too quickly plucked,
a Princely man whose life went dark.
You colored us purple in stark
relief of the grief we’re feeling–
colorless, bleak, muted keening.
You reigned supreme, a gentle soul
of brilliant talent, eyes of coal.
It rained last night at Paisley Park.

Join me at dVerse Poets as we learn the decima, a Latin American form.

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  1. Great tribute… how I love that you used the same line to begin and end… wonderful

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    • Thanks, Bjorn. I felt compelled to write something in his memory. Watching Barry’s video of him made me miss him even more… But what an amazingly talented human being!


  2. Anonymous

     /  April 22, 2016

    Nicely done. A nice remembrance for Prince. I forget the form but I recognized right away.


  3. Beautiful tribute Gayle.


  4. Oh, this is excellent, Gayle. A fitting farewell to Prince….


    • Thank you, Mary. It was done quickly so I think I could have done better. But I would like to play around with this form again…like you do.


  5. Touching, genuine and well-written, Gayle.


  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  April 23, 2016

    A great loss, sweetly penned.


  7. So beautiful.


  8. Beautiful tribute, and once again, thanks for giving us the prompt for this delightful form!


  9. Every word a testiment to the greatness of his being.
    Touching and heartfelt words, Gayle. So sad …
    Isadora 😎


    • Oh, Isadora, how nice to see your smiling face over here. I had just read your apology to your followers on your blog…luckily I was one that didn’t see that you had mistakenly made your blog private or it would have freaked me out too! 🙂

      I’m so very saddened by Prince’s untimely passing. I wrote this second decima to the prompt rather quickly to honor him. I’m glad you liked it.

      I hope your time away was restorative and fun. Hugs for you my friend. xoxo

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      • It’s always a pleasure to see you, Gayle. Since we go way back, I’m sure, you would have found the privacy setting a bit unnerving. I’ve written so much about myself, for so long, why on earth would I hide myself now. I’ve grown since those first days of posting. I hope to continue on my journey of self-discovery and better writing. You’ve always been an inspiration for my words. Thank you for your long-time friendship.
        Namaste 🙏🏻


        • I would have found it unnerving, Izzy! Haha, and you’ve got a point there about making your writings private at this point. I’m so glad that we both found this venue to express ourselves…it’s been very rewarding. And it’s been especially nice that we’ve stayed connected for all of these years. I value our friendship too. Namaste. I always wish you well. xoxo


  10. This is such a tribute in such a short form. It really emphasises the loss and the lines so simple but so poetic, it rained last night in Paisley Park. Tried to also get on your haibun but the link didn’t seem to work. I love the lacework of nature in decay.


    • Hi Georgia, I added a second decima for my prompt in honor of Prince’s passing. It’s limited to 10 lines so I had to make it brief but I’m glad you like it…thanks for that. My haibun will be published tomorrow when the prompt goes up at 3PM EST. I mistakenly published it several minutes ago and then quickly changed it. Sorry about that…it was my mistake! Nice to see you.
      Gayle ~

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