The green lady, or: The red rogue

Poetry Partners #66

‘The green lady’, a poem by The.Richard.Braxton of ‘therichardbraxton’

A warming blanket of ocean in hand and night underneath the waves.
The wake of ocean liners in a sea of smoke and flames.
The green lady sits her throne of furrowed wings and reeds in swift judgement
Creating a whole new world in two-dimensional space.
Anchored to the world as a house on the back of a turtle swimming.
Seeing with her burning faces cutting to many truths.
Long slanting shadows stretching away blending darkening impressions
Standing on the boat watching the nebula’s colors fall.
Leave no ripple when you go. Drown softly in black pool of nothingness.

A ‘Silva de consonantes by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

Restless, artful, fiery Knave
Steals comforter from ocean-emerald waves,
Shrouds himself in smoky screen
From discerning, deep eyes of the Lady Green.
Blast her norms, trite conventions,
Creation mired in two lifeless dimensions!
Fearing reproof for misdeeds
Issued from winged throne of watery reeds,
He would still unmoor the mind,
Leave flat assumptions, old, relinquished behind.
Thoughts from yet-unknown places
Could well defy cloned, countless, judging faces.
Ideas would swirl as though
Blending truth and light into slanting shadow;
Wrested free from staid, dark pool...
Imagination loosed ~ prismatic jewel.

Silva de consonantes?

  • stanzaic: any number of couplets;
  • syllabic: alternating 7-11 syllabic lines;
  • rhymed: consonant-full rhyme aa bb cc dd…


The above ‘Silva de consonantes’ was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets were prompted to write syllabic poems based on the theme of ‘fire & water’.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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42 thoughts on “The green lady, or: The red rogue”

  1. The imagery in both poems is spectacular and surreal. What a fascinating result when paired together! Well done, Richard and David! 🙂

  2. I recently started reading, The.Richard.Braxton. I am enjoying his unique style. I like this one, particularly the last line. I am intrigued by the word and idea of nothingness, that I have written about on a few occasions. A powerful duo found with you two! ✍🏼✍🏼✨

    1. 💛💜 Roberta 💜💛 ~ thanks so much!

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’ because that is my first name. The word ‘ben’ means ‘son of’ in Hebrew, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’. I created this blog in his memory…. I know my pen name is confusing – sorry about that!


      1. I guess I am old enough now to be called sir, but it still feels weird. Except when my son calls me sir. Then I feel like I’ve earned it. I mean, if my son is polite enough to call me sir, I must have done something right. lol 🙂

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