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. You’re sweet, Kate.

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

          It’s confusing because ‘Ben’ is also a common name in English – I’m sorry about the confusion!

          Much love,

  1. Twilight, just before night, when the day is ALMOST gone serves some of the most spectaculat colours at evening supper.

    Yet you make the night’s shower of colour incredibly spectacular in contrast.

    Exceptionally beautiful and colorful Tetractys

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