just enough fight.

The Double Secret, by Rene Magritte
The Double Secret, by Rene Magritte


Riding memories

on salted ocean air

thick with loves

and pains of a

preternatural past,

the temporal space

is filled with

monsters and men,

perfumed nights,

sun-kissed cheeks,

and tired red eyes

hidden beneath

borrowed shade

as I move

through it.


With aching legs

and a soaring heart,

the prophecy

of pivotal change

moves with me

through humidity

and time,

proving itself right

despite jealous visions

and skeptical longings:

change happened

because I willed it,

accepted it,

embraced it,

nurtured it,

and because

it was time.


Here and now

the ghosts

of these nights

remain mournfully

hopeful sentinels

as I return

to remember,

and shall return

until the day

they are no longer

shadows of lives lost,

rather visions

of life gained –


the champions

of here and now

fighting for meaning

and honor

in a place filled

with senseless pain

and profound beauty,

eternally armed

with just enough fight

and more than

enough love

to get by.



Renee Novosel

All Rights Reserved

Copyright 2014




28 thoughts on “just enough fight.

    1. Hello Victoria! I’ve had a busy week with no time for the blog … When are you hosting next? Or shall I just link the piece anytime? I’m so new to this scene. 😉

  1. I love it! Prophecy of pivotal change. My take on this is: stuff happens…it’s supposed to…it will lead to fabulous changes in my life. And I already have the living proof!

  2. Girl, I am stunned every time! (notice how I kept my foot out of my mouth this time, too!) A gorgeous train of thought, Renee!

  3. Dear Renee,

    So much to read and so little time 🙂 started with this poem – lots more to read in the upcoming days. great to have found your website and thanks for dropping by my blog!


    1. Dearest Mahesh,

      Thank you for reading! You’re a delight, and it’s wonderful sharing thoughts with you.

      And now that I know generally where in the world you reside, have a restful night!

      All the best,

  4. I have a question: I see double-spaced poetry all over the blogosphere, and I’ve begun to wonder about it. Is it because it’s meant to be presented that way, or is it just because that’s the way it comes out of the blog editor? Because that can make long stanzas hard to follow, and double spacing definitely messes up the shape of concrete poetry. If it’s not a desired outcome, it can be fixed by substituting “Shift + Enter” for “Enter” at the end of each line. I don’t write much poetry, so this was an accidental discovery. Thanks!

    1. You are so correct! The blog editor does it by default, and I’m just about the least tech-savvy person around, so I had no idea how to fix it. Next time I post I’ll test out your trick. Thank you! Forced formatting enrages me.

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