Flickering Gleam

In his eye I see a gleam
A bright shining beam
It appears as a flare
flash from here to there

Optic oscillation
Vision quivering
A glimmer of a ray
Sparkling scintillation

At first a subtle twinkle
Until it flickers and goes out


It’s Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub today, where we’re celebrating the 6th anniversary of the pub. Come on over and check out some other 44-word poems that include some form of the word flicker. I found this one quite fun. I looked up flicker in the online Thesaurus, and then used the words I found there.

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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31 Responses to Flickering Gleam

  1. Wonderful response to this prompt, LInda. Really enjoyed reading it.


  2. These are all beautiful synonyms and I love how you played them here ☺💖 xxx

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  3. I love how you played with the synonyms of “flicker” 😀

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  4. Glenn Buttkus says:

    A little research can be fun to kick-start poetics; nice job. I sensed some spirituality midst the metaphor, a flicker of Jesus, a blink of baptism; smile.

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  5. lynn__ says:

    I like how you played with the synonyms of “flicker” 👌

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  6. lillian says:

    Especially love the second stanza. Especially reading it aloud! 🙂

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  7. I love to explore synonyms, too. I believe Emily Dickinson used synonyms extensively and in unusual ways. Fun poem!

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  8. Sumana Roy says:

    ‘subtle twinkle’ is haunting and full of mystery before another journey. A beautiful poem.

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  9. maria says:

    Clever take!!

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  10. jillys2016 says:

    Enjoy the creativity of this poem!

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  11. Waltermarks says:

    I like the twinkling of the rhyme scheme. The oscillation and scintillation of his eyes, like a brilliant radiating sunbeam. And the last line saddens us, the twinkle went out. Bless you!

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  12. Grace says:

    I love to see those twinkles in one’s eyes. But it is sad when it flickers and goes out.

    Thank you Linda for being part of our celebration.

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  13. I enjoyed all the synonyms!

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  14. That last line kind of gob-smacked me. Death takes away that flicker, but so, too, does so many other things. Soul-death, for examplie.

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