Image source: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (Sgt. Emily Green)”

Prompt words: Ethereal, placid, meander, forget, silver


white foamy waves dash toward shore, strains of my life

nothing ethereal about them on their approach

angry waves morph to placid waters
as they ease upon the sand

mesmerized I sit with eyes closed, meandering thoughts

lost in the language of the surf – a presence greater than I

the twinkling shimmering silver on the ocean’s surface a shifting changing wonder

an ever present reminder that
my ails is but a speck in this universe

no planets revolve around me

Pat R


Haiku Compilation

playing the blues with
more than a touch of Indigo –
swamps the night sky

cry of the seagulls
gliding in the spring sunshine
a stray summer day

night bird soars
by light of the moon
eagle eyes

in a fleeting glance
feel of the familiar
from somewhere in time

forbidden love
longing would not be quieted
above all else love

For Jane Dougherty Writes

Prompt words:
indigo, cry, night bird, fleeting, forbidden



The painting (charcoal drawing actually) is by Odilon Redon, entitled ‘Tears’.

Tears, horizon, fly, hue, stealing. (Words for use in the prompt, along with the picture)

setting sun on the horizon
brings with it a hue that can
only be described as magical
as a flock of birds fly across
this kaleidoscope sky their
silhouettes chasing the sun
a family homeward bound
stirs this sense of longing
that creeps upon me silently
stealing my joy bringing me to this
unexplained place of tears

Pat R


….I know, I said the same thing on my reread at the end…
I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours:)

For Jane Dougherty Writes

Brewing Storm Cinquain


fly through dark skies
waves unfurl – ashore wind
gusts softly ripple verdant fields

Pat R

This 2nd poem is based on the ‘words’ style: 1-2-3-4-1 pattern of words where the first is a noun, the second two adjectives describing the noun, three and four description, emotion, and the last word a synonym for the first word.


quick, bright

ominous electric energy

scary scorching fiery white


Pat R


For Jane Dougherty Writes a Cinquain with a twist syllable count – 2, 4, 6, 8, 2 and the twist use these words –
fly, lightning, verdant, unfurl, softly


trip around the sun
draws to a close
season shift
turning leaves
in blaze of color

Pat R


Hourglass poetry, created by Jane Dougherty, here she explains,
“…the form is inspired by Peter Bouchier’s lantern poem that he christened a ‘pine cone’ poem because its shape grew rather out of control. This is simpler than a pine cone, more like a butterfly quintain…”

The form: ten lines with a syllable count of

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