Liquid Gems



That summer

heat clung like sleeping rage,

insinuating unseen rays

beneath burnt-umber skin,

squeezing out beads of perspiration,

pressing lethargy in.

We erected a shelter,

stealing timber from a derelict ruin

where ghostly bones

hid from the searing day, waiting

to be awakened by a grinning moon.


against the dumbing weight

of a dug-in sun, we lugged

a flaking door, broken

shelving, dented sections

of rusty tin roof

until our limbs begged rest.


to the brisk welcome of the stream,

ripping off shoes and socks,

stripping to vests,

we leaped, shattering the whittling ripples,

our screams declaring the thrill of the chill

as we splashed wet gemdrops

across the silver realm.


Written for the new daily photo prompt from The Haunted Wordsmith: Worth a Thousand Words, 31st July 2018  Check it out and join in!

©Jane Paterson Basil

26 thoughts on “Liquid Gems

  1. You made me feel the heat, the stream. I especially loved “a dug-in sun”. Who but you thinks of a sun as “dug-in”, but that’s exactly what it feels like under a blazing sun.

    Publication, Jane. Publication. Want me to stop nagging? Then publish!

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    1. It’s nice to have someone new nagging me about publishing. Everyone else has given up. You’ll be pleased to know that your encouragement has prompted me to download a list of UK publishers of poetry books. This is further than I’ve ever got before.

      I’m Feeling good. Look forward to me sending you swarms of prolific thanks.

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      1. That makes me so happy! So happy! I don’t need much thanks, but if you’re up to telling the world a good joke, you might consider on your dedication page adding a footnote, then in small print down below: *Oh, yeah, and there was this creep, Paul Sunstone, who blogs at Cafe Philos, that nagged me incessantly until I consented to find a publisher. I suspect him of being a lunatic.” Or you probably could find better words to the same effect.

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        1. If I go through with this, I’ll make sure the world knows that you’re to blame. I’m working on my covering letter to publishers. It starts like this: “Sorry to bother you, I know you’re very busy with JK Rowling and all those really good writers, and I’m probably wasting your time, but my friend Paul said my poems were quite nice, and I don’t want to be pushy, but I thought that maybe, when you have the time…”

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          1. British modesty! Sheesh! Listen, try an American “accent” on that letter:

            Looking for a guaranteed best seller? Want a fresh new poet indebted to you? How about doing yourself a favor then by reading my enclosed poems! You’re so lucky I picked you to submit them to! Yadda yadda yadda

            Ok, maybe not quite that extreme.

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            1. Actually maybe something like this:


              I am enclosing six poems representational of my work in the hope you will kindly take a few moments to read them. I think you will be excited by their fresh imagery, dynamic rhymes, and beautiful rhythms. I assure you that you will not be disappointed by their quality.

              If you find them as engaging and beautiful as I have been assured that they are by my many blog fans, then I would enjoy discussing with you their publication.


              Jane Paterson Basil

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  2. Delightful frolicking fun, I felt the clammy heat and then the cooling relief 🙂

    lol so glad Paul is being persistent and maybe you’ve heard it so many times you can finally hear that you have real talent Jane Basil! Just write your letter from your heart using your art and they will read I assure you 🙂

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          1. use extracts from what you’ve already written … did you see my published poem on spillwords? Worst part was my bio but I really don’t need to say much about myself.
            You need to decide how much of your personal history that you will share … your artistic family context would help 🙂

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            1. I saw the poem on spillwords and have been reading more of your poetry, but I’m being constantly distracted by my son so I’m not able to focus properly or respond. I’ve spent most of the day trying to catch up with my comments, but haven’t got far…

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                1. He’s had one knock after another the past seven months. This week alone two serious incidents have occurred. Either one could have sent him into freefall, I’m proud of the strength he’s shown throughout 🙂

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