Rebirth (etheree)

by Ben Pickard   Oct 22, 2018

the trees
swaddle her
ruined body
and then, the rivers
rinse her of her sawdust
soul, and finally, when the
east gives birth to the rising sun -
when blackbird has given voice to the
new day - she is, at last, forever free.


Ben Pickard 2018

*The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables


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  • 2 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    This is a beautiful Etheree, one of the prettiest I have ever read.
    The sorrowful message is etched with gorgeous nature tones and breathtaking visuals.
    Just speechless!

  • 2 years ago


    It's new to me Ben, not many can assemble a work of art and poem combined, by the way, loved the words!

  • 2 years ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    I fell in love with the way you worded: "sawdust soul". Not only is every line calming but also full of a newfound hope. This may sound rather odd, but truthfully as I was reading this piece, it dawned on me how I notice you take the time to pick the right words for each poem. Nothing ever feels rushed, misplaced or lacking something. Meaning, to me, I feel like these words were placed with care and for a purpose. This poem felt nurturing. The use of "swaddle", which I only hear in biblical Christmas stories and then the gentleness when the "rivers rinse".

    This is a beautiful form and everything I feel reading this makes my heart feel like we have that chance to be free again. To start anew even if our exterior and interior are broken.

    • 2 years ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Lovely and perceptive comment, MA. Take care and thank you.

  • 2 years ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Its not a form I have come accross before but as always you make it your own and fill it with exqusite imagery and soul. Milly x

  • 2 years ago

    by Em (marmite)

    One word... Brilliant

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