Burning the Nail Poetry Challenge – Poet: Robert Zimmermann

Welcome, one and all, to a challenge catered to inspire the poet’s heart in each of us.  A poem, any length and style, to be written about the chosen theme: Burning the Nail. So, what the heck does that mean? That is where the fun begins.Red hot nails


Thank you everyone that participated in our poetry challenge.  The submissions were amazingly diverse and deep, taking our theme in so many different ways. We are in awe of all of you.  We thought that perhaps it was time to give everyone a peek behind the curtain and tell you the story behind BURNING THE NAIL.  So, what does it actually mean? We have no idea.  Sheila’s youngest child came up with it.  It was a favorite lyric substitution to many different songs from lullabies to heavy metal.

“I think I heard it sung for a least a week straight, both whispered quietly while playing to singing loudly with the radio in the car.  The more I heard it, the more it called to me.  What could this really mean? ”

So, now you know the truth. The words of a child; molded and shaped into a series of incredible works of poetry.  Isn’t it amazing what such a simple phrase can be transformed into?

Eternally Grateful,

Sheila Hall and Robert Zimmermann 

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by Robert Zimmermann

Flames reflect
in tears she’s
yet to cry.

The fires hide
his eyes behind
mirrored goggles.

He smiles.

She’s laid out,
over a long bench.

Wrists, ankles,
bound below.

Her back
exposed to the heated room

In heavy gloves,
a thick apron,
he appraises his work.

The metal, curled
into letters, designed
to scar, to last…

Her eyes reflect
pain, anticipation

The bite of a whip
is nothing but a kiss
when compared to
the burning she hates,
the burning she wants.

He turns,
facing her.
A tear falls,
trailing to upturned

It’s ready,
my mistress.

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With the rest of the poems that will be posted for this challenge, Sheila and I will be including a bio for the poet, as well as few links so you can find out more about him or her. Today, the poet is me…and well, all that information can be found on this blog.

I hope you all come out tomorrow…and the next day and for many days after that, as we unfold a journey through many wonderful poets and poems during the Burning the Nail Poetry Challenge.

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