Colorless paste, or: Lightning colors

A tetractys

day chews up
time, grinds sunlight
into thick, flavorless, colorless paste

night's dramatic, stormy lightning colors
shimmer through sheets
of cleansing


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt. Poets were encouraged to write syllabic poems on the theme of ‘the longest day’.

Eugi’s moon-washed weekly challenge


Twiglets #289

lightning colors

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!

57 thoughts on “Colorless paste, or: Lightning colors”

  1. I love the imagery here, but have the feeling you may be a night owl? The night-imagery seems more positive? Either way, a poem to savour.

  2. I really, really like this one. Just great ideas beautifully portrayed. I don’t seem to be able to like or comment going through say Twiglets or through the Mr Linky on dVerse. It’s very frustrating. But if I come direct to a person’s page then I can like and comment.

  3. ‘grinds sunlight’ – love the imagery. Also, love the comparison between day and night. Stunning take on the prompts and the poetry form. Bravo!

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