Red light, green light, or: One, two, three!

I. A senryลซ series


Sweetheart, be careful!
The curb's much too dangerous;
you could slip and fall.


Traffic's slowing down;
the light's going to change soon;
ready to run, Dear?


Okay! Take my hand;
let's cross before we miss it...
Shoot! Our bus went by!

II. A senryลซ

Are you sure, Mister
Policeman? I'm quite certain
the light was orange!


These senryลซ were written for Colleen Chesebro’s “Taste the Rainbow” Tanka Tuesday prompt, which is to write syllabic poetry featuring [at least] one color.

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!

51 thoughts on “Red light, green light, or: One, two, three!”

  1. Teaching pedestrian safety is one essential lesson… there are too many who don’t want to learn. I would just point to the dead squirrels and say that they didn’t follow the rules… Son#2 held my hand crossing streets until he was starting middle school! I love the do as I say and not as I do senryu series.

    1. You are so right. There are too many J walkers here. Lights, as in the Green flashing man are there for a reason.
      Too many motorists who shoot through on amber or even red. I had one cross my path as I was in the middle of the crossing my light was green.
      = dead pedestrians on Crossings and then the Police draw around the place where body was. But it doesnโ€™t seem to deter anyone.

  2. This is why scholar patrol at schools are so important

    And no you canโ€™t trust the orange light when you on your own.

    Green is good to go

    Watch out though
    For the reckless driver.

    The number II is so powerful.

          1. Very attractive

            You kind
            A vitamin C boost is always good
            As for leafy green, oh yes, I’ve come of age.
            I miss the peaches though.

          2. Lol, thank you.
            They look like the yellow clinging, which are my favourites
            Then comes the clingstone, almost a tomato red.

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