By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris


An ache awakens so deep
so unquestionably profound
it tramples physical pain
into near non-existence

A lover drives away dust swirling
next interlude unknown to each
the ache begins deep within the heart
where he is held quietly and secretly

Ache expands and explicates
watching the moving van lumber
down the neighborhood street
taking a best friend far away

A child once innocent and sweet
grown into a rapacious adult
her countenance distant and cold
the swelling ache unsustainable

Sitting alone in a darkened room
heartache devours the soul
leaves behind an aged empty shell
so much heartache left there now

Little Seed

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Photo By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Little seed I planted deep
Spreading water all around
Up strong and so tall

Or will you stay snug
wrapped in
your soil
covered rug
To stay little and small
at all

Another Jamboree

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris


In response to Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #270 – JAMBOREE
in 86 words exactly.

Another jamboree marches by, I smile and I cry and I smile some more. The festival colors, all a flutter in rain or in shine bring a tear of gladness to my eye, a hidden tear of agony to my heart.

Watching people strolling around, dancing around, happy and laughing within the crowd, brings me such joy. You are there walking so free without me, unable to walk by your side, I die inside. Then you look up and smile and I smile again – for you.

(86 Words)

Had I A Cherry

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Response to two prompts:

A Bowl of Cherries picture prompt in exactly 99 words
Hosted by Charli Mills of The Carrot Ranch
Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Prompt Word – Memory
Hosted by SueW & GC

Had I a red cherry for every memory lost I’d own the largest cherry tree
from the East to the West Coast

Sweet mountain cherries all fresh
Picked daily in the new morning dew
Each one a memory returning to me

Some so tart set my mouth a-pucker
Others sweeter than honey’s nectar
Good ones or bad ones memories all

Erubescent rubies piled up so high
A delicious bite of cold crimson fruit
Bringing magical memories to mind

Each remembrance is treasured true
Lay in a bowl full of luscious cherries
Lovingly shared with every one of you

The Walkway

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Image credit; Casey Horner @ Unsplash

WWDYS #144-A Picture Prompt
Hosted by Sadje

There is a walkway in my mind,
I travel through it
from time to time.

My breathing slows,
I cross my legs
and travel far below.

Along the tree lined
path I find several old
friends of mine.

Waiting patiently near
the bank my beautiful
timber-wolf appears.

Flying strongly overhead
her wings outstretched
the hawk in sky does tread.

Into the trees I now spy
a massive buck
his rack so high.

Then through the water
crystal clear a sweet
blue dolphin brings up the rear.

All are guides my friends
it’s true they come to me
my heart does mend.

How Would It Be To Be Floating?

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

In response to Carrot Ranch Literary Community’s prompt FLOATING
in exactly 99 words -Posted by Charli Mills Photo Courtesy of Hallmark Cards

How would it be to be floating
pain free with a heart full of glee?
Up among the clouds
not barely a sound.

How would it be to be floating
pain free upon the sea?
Body buoyant and light
no more fighting or fright.

How would it be to be floating
pain free as far as you could see?
Across the darkness of space
angelic and full of grace.

How would it be to be floating
pain free across a grassy ley?
Go on a long mountain hike
or ride on a cool tandem bike.

Would someone tell me?

Puppy Love

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris


In response to Poetry Form: Loop Poetry
Hosted by Grace July 28, 2022

Dawn burns bright so hot
Hot to little puppy feet
Feet rise and fall so quickly
Quickly they jump into the pool

Pool is chilly and feels wonderful
Wonderful cool water soothes hot feet
Feet splash and paddle away the hurt
Hurt subsides in joyful playfulness

Playfulness makes a puppy happy
Happy puppy barks in exuberance
Exuberance for life and owner
Owner smiles with love at dawn

The Battle

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Artist Unknown

The battle’s almost over
Pain will be the victor
Body growing tired
Age assisting pain

Fought a fight worth fighting
Life lived in agony
Now what lay ahead
More pain more fight not me

Morning rise in misery
Lunchtime brings the same
Dinner left uneaten
Pain has won again

Star Spangled

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris


E.M.’s RWP~ #227 Prompt Word: UNWAVERING

O say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave*
Or has the unwavering pursuit
of money and power stilled
Your Stars and Stripes
denying your loyal citizens
of their God-given rights

And the star-spangled banner
in triumph doth wave* across a nation decimated by unwavering belief
in a statute misconstrued
to cause chaos and pain
To bring glory to the Godless
leaving the rest to fight and beg

A people we constructed this nation
unwaveringly built on principle
and pride denied the Indigenous
their land and quelling their souls
Now our own bell does toll
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave*

*Excerpts from The Star Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key


By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Southport, NC Photographer Unknown

Morning sun rises
brilliant golden rays
pierce a broken heart