100 word Challenge - Kaleidoscope

The following is in response to the 100 Word Challenge authored by the multi-faceted Velvet Verbosity. The word is "Kaleidoscope".

100 Word Challenge


I had a dream once
a place to go
a path to follow
foot set on the golden way
but it was shattered
like a broken stained glass window

broken hearts
broken loves
broken minds
broken dreams
children lost
and never recovered
the shattered life became
shards that cut deep
wounds were healed
with too much drink and
the salve of other lives
made just as miserable
they opened again
in the cold sober light of morning

but I have learned
in beautiful ways
when life shatters
into a thousand little pieces
pick it all up
And make a kaleidoscope.



Nan said...


What is your daughter's website again? I know I had it, but moving countries...

Your poem is beautifully written. My poems all write like when I was 9! I'm trying though!

Shadow said...

louceel, better than this is rarely gets!

Jientje said...

... pick it all up and make a kaleidoscope.

MANY beautiful kaleidoscopes to be seen, looking at people's lives.

moneythoughts said...

Nice, very nice, one of your best. This is a really good piece of your work.

Grandmother said...

Oh, lovely. Kaleidoscope made from broken bits of stained glass. We can make beauty from our mistakes. Thanks.

Audubon Ron said...

Wow dude, you wrote that? Dang.

PattiKen said...

Kaleidoscopes from bits of broken lives... There is indeed beauty to be found in everything. Lovely, Lou.

Niqui said...

Very nice poem LouCeel :) A beautiful reminder that encouragement and hope can be found even in the saddest times.

Momisodes said...

I have no idea how you do it. You always manage to wow me in different ways. This has to be my favorite 100 words from you thus far.

Joyce-Anne said...

Your writing has a certain wisdom about it. No doubt about it, you are very talented.

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox said...

Lou, I could not help thinking that a kaleidoscope makes the world so much larger as we look through the little pieces. I really like the poem.

LceeL said...

Nan: Thank you, ma'am. And keep trying.

Shadow: Thank you, Shadow.

Jientje: Everybody has a story, in their kaleidoscope.

Moneythoughts: Thank you, Fred.

Grandmother: No, Thank YOU, Mary.

Audubon Ron: Thanks, I think.

PattiKen: Thank you, ma'am.

Niqui: Thank you, Niqui. Yours was excellent.

Momisodes: Thank you, Sandy.

Joyce-Anne: Thank you, Joyce-Anne. It ain't wisdom - just age and experience.

Velvet Verbosity said...

I was trying to think of something clever to say, and then I read this comment:

"Wow dude, you wrote that? Dang."

Not going to top that, lol.

Heather said...

Lou, that was incredible. Absolutely beautiful, and it totally resonated with me.

Indigo said...

This spoke to me. It reminds me so much of me. Then again it would. Like minds think alike. Shattered prose, delicate pieces of the whole. (Hugs) Indigo

Life with Kaishon said...

Amen! Pick it up and make a new picture out of the pieces. Perfect!