atop the tree lines
against the bluest of skies
mocking bird versus a crow
crow, unmoved – until he was
For Tanka Tuesday over at Colleens where the prompt is “…taste the rainbow color poetry…”
To participate or just read, go here
Ida is an old soul and the fiercest person I know. She was blessed with an abundance of that ‘no nonsense and why the hell not’, attitude.
Conversations this time had awakened deep feelings.
What must it be like going somewhere, and not know that feeling of sticking out like a sore thumb. Or, not having to endure the stares and the under- their- breaths mutterings.
Such feelings were never really shared out loud, they didn’t have to. They knew, being in the skin they were in. Ida too, had experienced this. On one occasion she was heard to say,
‘I didn’t know I was black till I came to America’. She would not elaborate.
But this too she tackled this with her attitude of “no, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife*.” This attitude had served her well; and serves her still.
*Zora Neale Hurston
dons hint of madness –
For Eugis weekly prompt “Paradise”. To participate or just read go here
as a brazen blue sky
frames this cheerful spring day
it casts light on the fray –
hard looks in play
the master of
‘peeing on your leg
and telling you it’s raining’
a tailored upheaval
a noisy gathering
more than a smattering
angry chants raged
The elements of the Abhanga are:
- stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
- syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each
- rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.
I am trying this form that is new to me called the Abhanga. To read more about it or to participate over at Colleen’s blog go here.
#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #Abhanga, or #PoetsChoice
Also linked to Open Link Night over at dVerse Poets Pub where Lillian is hosting. Visit or participate here
through this veil of gray
a refuge in the sunflower –
hints of normalcy
For Cees Flower of the day, FOTD
lay me down to heal
till this crippling gray stills –
a regard for spring
sparks first tweet from window sills
no more will this sting endure
Ronovan Writes where the prompt words are “First & Heal”
For Tanka Tuesday over at Colleens where the prompt is synonyms to Imagine & Regard. I used Spark & Regard.
tripping past loose lips as ploy
spawning disquiet –
the rabbit hole needs some light
how will this story be told?
Synonyms Only challenge using the words “MOVE & MAKE” provided by David Ellis
I used Ploy & Spawn
For Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday To participate or to read entries go here.