V is for Valley

In the A to Z Challenge, we are writing about something to go with each letter of the alphabet, one letter a day through the month of April.  Today we're on the letter V.
My theme is poetry for ages 4 to 104.  In addition to writing at least one poem, I'm also incorporating a Tagxedo image with a font having the same letter, and the Tagxedo theme beginning with the same letter.  It isn't so easy with these last letters, so sometimes I have to get creative with where the letter is found!
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Font: Verdana
Tagxedo Theme: Vague Butterfly
Poetry Form: Visual
The visual arrangement of text, images, and symbols to help convey the meaning of the work. Visual poetry is sometimes referred to as a type of concrete poetry.

Read more about 55 Types of Poetry Forms here.

I used the syllable pattern of 8/5/3 to create the ups and downs of the edges of the poem...maybe valleys and mountain shapes?  Yeah, squint if you have to .

If You Can See the Valley

A valley lies between two hills
Amongst the shadows
And hushed chills.

The question posed to me is "why?"
If not for valleys
There's no high.

With valleys come the soaring heights
Of mountaintops with
Fuller sight.

With nothing higher to ascend
We would not fully

The beauty of those valley lows,
The deep and dark from
Which we rose.

© 2012, Donna JT Smith


  1. Another beautifully written poem! You really are talented Donna!

    1. Thanks, Julie! I try to remember this whenever I'm in a valley...the mountain is just around the corner!

  2. This is a great poem! I really enjoy how you write poems.


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    1. Thanks, I enjoyed reading yours today. Just needed a tissue!

  4. You have such a gift for structure as I've said so many times, Donna, but also one for content, & that makes the poem even more special. This is a thoughtful poem with some interesting parts to contemplate. Thank you!

    1. The valleys do serve a purpose, little as we may like them. Thanks for the kind words, Linda.

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! I'm happy you could take a hop on over!

  6. Thanks, Julie! I try to remember this whenever I'm in a valley...the mountain is just around the corner!

  7. Hi Donna, stopping in from the A to Z Challenge to say hello! Very nice poem. I'm not very good at writing poetry and appreciate those who can.

    1. Hello, Stephen! Glad you could stop by! I have PCD (Poetic Compulsive Disorder), so have really been in Rhymin' Heaven this month. I am going to try to vacuum and do the dishes from April next week instead of writing every poem that pops into my head. Thanks for the follow!

  8. Excellent poem, love the use of line length to simulate peaks and valleys, and a great message.

  9. Beautiful words to hear and to see!

    1. Thanks, Cindy! I'm happy you liked it, and hope to see you again!

  10. Oh, I love this one....it can be read on so many levels and speak to so many types of valleys. That last stanza really echoes with meaning for me, and I have been savoring it.

    1. I'd hoped for levels of understanding and meaning. Glad that it came through. I am partial to that same part, too, for some reason.


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