Cover Me


Today’s dVerse prompt was to create a poem that has layers, which means it’s not as it seems. It could mean one thing or another, or many things. Here is the result of my efforts. What do you think these lines mean? Who am I talking about? Or what? Share your thoughts in the comments!

the warmth of you covers my shell

and my soul


invigorating my spirit

energizing me when I feel old


i see you sometimes

in dreams of gold


but you disappear quickly

into the earth you go


your pleasure is torture

billowing down like rain


bruising my mind

causing such beautiful pain


my life’s quest is to capture you

breathe you in like air


i get close and in an instant

you transport away into your lair


if only i knew





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May 12, 2015 | Posted by in Blog, dVerse, Poetry | 30 comments

Comments (30 Responses)

  1. Mary says:

    First of all, I really enjoyed the picture; and then I also enjoyed the way you wrote the poem. The ending really carried me away…sometimes you really do wonder where that elusive someone goes when they transport themselves away…

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Mary, thank you. So many things and people slip away from us, but we always learn something during their visits. Sometimes they come back. Torturing us many times over. 😉

  2. X says:

    Nice. There are several ways this could go. It could be on the intimate level or it could be on the spiritual level. So many things in this world are so ellusive and just when we seem to have it in our grasp, it slips away. Though the chase is a big part of the fun too. ha.

  3. whimsygizmo says:

    These reads almost like layer cake, with the multiple bolded lines. Nice.
    My guess would the the sun. 😉

    • TamekaMullins says:

      Mmmmm, that’s a nice thought. I love how the creator can learn more about their work from the reader. Thank you!

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    I also like the way the “frosting” (bolded lines) make a poem in and of themselves.

  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Jesus, God, Buddha, or old SAUL, or your first love, a woodsman with wanderlust; regardless, you have an imaginative take on the “layers” prompt; nice job.

  6. Truedessa says:

    To me this is a spiritual journey..finding the answers in the quest …each a layer of who we are…or perhaps, the discovery of awakening love..

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I like how you’ve interpreted the work. Thanks for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts.

  7. claudia says:

    very interesting – read it several times with different things in mind – one thought was the sun – a specific person – def. some nice layers here

  8. I’m with De about the sun. She is always a golden muse.

  9. The way the spaces between the lines really make this very interesting. To me I see this really gives it different meaning with each reading.

  10. MarinaSofia says:

    Could be a lover, a spiritual journey, or also the quest for the perfect word, for creativity, for accomplishing that perfect work of art…

    • TamekaMullins says:

      I love the notion of striving for the perfect work of art Marina. Thanks for sharing that thought.

  11. Ah.. yes.. the balance.. so blessed to find.. and to stay in balance.. is treasure sought.. and equally gold to stay in balance in hallowed role..:)

    • TamekaMullins says:

      So very true. To be balanced is to stay on course for greatness. I love your take on this.

  12. I also read a spiritual aspect into this poem. For me, the cover was God, and this stanza summed up the whole for me: “my life’s quest is to capture you / breathe you in like air.” And I love the picture as well. Peace, Linda

  13. I decoded this to mean the sun, but I can imagine other interpretations, much deeper.
    very nice. 🙂

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