Red rivers flowing over blackened land

Photo by PIXNIO

Beauty erupting from the ground
Red rivers flowing over blackened land
Fountains of black and red in the caldera
Pouring out across the area
Searing heat, chemicals deadly
All portraying Earth’s angry splendor
Pressure building, releasing
Glowing waves run through the view
Beauty, violence, intertwined

Inspired by Traveller In The Whole World’s August 15th YouTube video of the eruption the current Islandic volcano. If you like volcanos, geology, or great drone photography, I believe you will find many of the videos on this channel hypnotizing.


Learned the hard way

Black and white image from the mid 70’s of a girl in shorts and sleeveless top tossing a baton in the air
Image of the author from the mid-1970’s from the Jacobs family archives

How do you teach stability
To someone who knows
They will move again soon

How do you teach self-acceptance
When someone never felt
Accepted in any environment

How do you teach safety
To someone who was spanked
Clear up until college

How do you teach self-worth
To someone taught all their years
That they didn’t matter

How do you teach anyone sanity
When they were raised in
An insane manner

You teach stability by ensuring
That their life, their home
Isn’t just where they live

You teach self-acceptance by reminding
Yourself that you are loved
For who you are, warts and…


rope tied to a cleat on cement
Image by Bruce Jacobs

Sliding down into the dark
Alone, afraid, apart
Wondering if there is a bottom
Wondering how to get out
As I slide ledges appear
Out of the dark
Places to grab onto
If I could only move
Slowly I will myself
To reach out, grab a loop
Trying to hold on
Trying not to fall further
I swing my body along the side
I find a ledge, a resting place
Taking a risk
I grab on
Climb up
Stand up
The ledge is firm
I am falling no longer
The darkness shies away
Letting light onto my ledge
I call out for help
A rope appears
The light shows ledges above me
I slowly climb from ledge to ledge
Holding onto the safety of the…


Image by the author

Love flies from one to another
Sometimes expressed in words
Other times in looks and actions
Letters, packages, hugs, smiles

The warmth that comes from
Knowing you are safe
Warms the heart, the soul
Relaxes the body, clears the mind

No matter how it is expressed
The feeling of being loved
Is a wonder to the lonely heart
Balm to those long away

Loving others — just as brilliant
Sharing your heart
Helping others bloom
Sitting quietly together

Without love, life becomes
A burden unshareable
A weight you can’t shake
Until that love comes back

My wish for you today…


Image of a Hawaiian sunset
Image of a Hawaiian sunset
Hawaiian sunset picture by Bruce Jacobs, used with permission ❤

Inspired by Aeishwarya’s great prompt “Head”


Photo by Jan Tinneberg on Unsplash

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of the One Line Poem Project and Chalkboard itself.

When we started the One Line Poem Project here on Chalkboard back in December of 2016, we saw it as a chance to give some visibility to short form poetry. Since then, we have published over 225 prompts. While it is difficult to know exactly how many poems were published over the life of the One Line Poem Project, we estimate that the number is somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000 poems. Close to 300 different writers have had their work published. We currently have over 9,000 followers for Chalkboard. By any metric, this project is a success.

Chalkboard itself has…

Kathy Jacobs

💚POMpoet💚 Former software tester, still breaking things. Social Media geek. Former OneNote MVP. Phoenix Mercury fan. Green Bay Packer fan.

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