Blogophilia 4.4 Topic: “This Has Been a Public Service Announcement”

Bonus Points:

(Hard, 2pts): Name three bands from the 1980s
(Easy, 1pt): include the words “take what you can… give nothing back!”

Final date to post: March 29th, 2011 GMT midnight

Final date to post ALL GUESSES: March 26th, 2011 GMT midnight

80s bands used:
Ambrosia, KISS, After the Fire, Poison, Heart, Yes, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Genesis, Journey, Survivor


"Boulder Ablaze" by Kkart-d2y7uog @ DeviantArt (c) 2011



It tasted sweet as ambrosia,
that long ago dangerous kiss
one spark of passion
flaming into a wildfire
that ravaged me, consumed me,
raging anger in the night,
the white heat of new star.
After the fire ran its course,
there was nothing left but
spent kindling, smoke and ashes.

I drank from your cup of poison,
I fell for your charms…
seduction then slaughter.
Take what you can…give nothing back
was your motto.
You left my psyche battered,
brow beaten and bruised,
scar upon scar,
a heart turned to stone.

Yes, I pushed aside my needs,
sacrificed my dignity,
trading torrents of tears for fears
hanging tight for dear life,
unable to surrender control,
such a simple concept
that simple minds like mine
could not grasp.

Scared and shivering,
on the brink of demise,
a beam of light shone upon me
through a crack in the window
and I thought I heard a voice
beckoning me towards change.
A warmth flooded my veins,
and an awakening began…
a genesis of sorts.

Brick by brick,
stone by stone
I cobbled together a purpose,
bridged my past to my future,
guided by the sun over my shoulders.
I took the fork in the road
and righted my journey in life,
a delicate pink calla lily
blooming in autumn,
a survivor against all odds.

No, I don’t need you anymore…
I don’t want you anymore…
So stay the hell out of my life.
This has been a public service announcement.
Govern yourself accordingly.

Colleen M. Breuning © 2011
March 24, 2011



Tattoo you, runner’s high, tribal dance, dancing with the stars, hieroglyphics, run for fun, jazzercize, fleet feet, race to the finish, urn, black beauties, the ides of march, vase, pottery, that’s all I got tonight!


  1. Mary Ann says:

    Intense poetry Colleen .You did a great job. xo ilu …)m

    1. Hi Mary Ann!!! Thank you, yes indeed this was very intense. So much so I did not want to post the entire content on Facebook…. you know, don’t want family worrying. All is well, just digging out from the past and trying to find something to go with this week’s Blogophilia prompts. Love you too!!! xoxo

  2. Lola Woodman says:

    Colleen, am I allowed to say this is bleeping brilliant? Well, it certainly is! I can relate to your poem on quite a personal level. You rose to this challenge and then some. Hooray for you! xo

    1. Thank you so much Lola… you certainly can say it’s bleeping brilliant! I’ll take that… lol. I had to dig deep this week, just kind of a walk on the dark side from the past. I think we can all relate to something like this. Well, most poets can at least! Thank you again. xoxo

  3. Sue says:

    you never never fail to amaze me with your creativity – just beautiful

    1. Wow, thank you so much Sue! That is such a kind comment, I am blushing here! xoxo

  4. falcon1974 says:

    such a fabulously crafted poem Colleen. 😀

  5. crazypjs says:

    Your ability to create such wonderful poems amazes me every time, wonderfully done.

  6. Excellent write Colleen. Full of vigour and life.


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