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"A Tug on the Heartstrings"

During the week of February 4th, poets were asked to write a 7-verse poem in rhyming couplet form for each of the seven days of the week. They were also asked to fill in the blank to complete the title: "A Week of_". The twist required, to write their chosen words from the title in non-rhyming Acrostic form. For people not celebrating Valentine's Day, poets had the option to write in some way related to love, as in familial, friendship, universal, nature or passion for a cause. From our entries, ILA Magazine chose three lovely poetesses and their works of art.



(Dedicated to my family)

On MONDAY, we start the week flashing each other a sunny smile Getting ready to enjoy life and go the extra mile

On TUESDAY, after a hard day's work, we enjoy each other's company

On a beautiful meadow outside the city, listening to nature's symphony

On WEDNESDAY, love gives us the comfort we needed

God's advice about togetherness is what we heeded

On THURSDAY, we all have fun together as a family

Adding the paintings of the memories we make into our gallery

On FRIDAY, we are grateful to our mother for the motherly affection

She gave us and to our father, for his fatherly attention.

On SATURDAY, our parents happily reminisce of the day they became husband and wife

And how they didn't let their relationship be torn apart by strife

SUNDAY is the day of spending quality time together

The feeling of joy that we all share is reflected in the lovely weather

Heavenly music comes from the heart of the gentle souls,

Affection is an important ingredient in a healthy relationship

Positive thinking keeps the mind safe from negative emotions

Paradise is the home of the close-knit family that respects itself

Inner peace reigns over us while wisdom keeps the balance between mind and soul,

Nature's songs bring tears into our eyes, penetrating deeper into our hearts

Elated our parents were by the birth of my brother and I,

Seeing eye to eye with each other takes thinking and courage

Solace can be found in your family's warm hugs.

© Gheorghe Laura




Serendipity on a Monday

We bumped in a crowded subway.

Had dinner after work on Tuesday

Forgot the passing time, we were so gay.

Wednesday, he confessed feelings for me

I said, we need to wait and see.

But Thursday found me dreaming of him

Chance of hiding my emotion was slim.

Our Friday date climaxed in kisses and hugs

Both of us were like addicts high on drugs.

But Saturday brought a disagreement

We failed to settle our argument.

On Sunday, I nursed a deferred dream

Of a love that melted as fast as ice cream.


Dreams are illusions

Ephemeral as shooting stars

Flowers of the night

Echoes of unsung songs

Remains of unspoken thoughts

River flooded with desires

Extinguished embers of whims

Debris of expectations

Dying fires of ambitions

Recurring through the years

Ending in respite

Absconded by sunlight

Must live again somehow

© Myrtle Eve Reyes Tejada




When Sunday was the best

For my legs to rest

Monday came out of the blue

Without any clue

Tuesday didn't dampen my spirit

As my energy was within a limit

Wednesday somehow got me active

Mirror applauding me as attractive

Thursday became a friendly phase

As the next day became my craze

Friday was the day to dance and sing

Where my soul was ready to swing

Saturday became the boon of ecstasy

For my heart to sing a melody.


Excited to be in this moment with

Unforgettable memories

Painted with loving hues of a

Heart with unconditional

Ocean of emotions

Reconciled with an

Intense look from the

Aroma in and of those beats!

© Sonal Rao


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Feb 14

Thank you so much for publishing my poem on your magazine!

Congratulations everyone! Your poems are lovely 😍

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