Abstractions, or: Future records

A sijo forever's an abstraction, wherefore I wonder what words yield; full of faults, failures, and fatal flaws; frail coward; worthless weakling; at a whiff of war, I'd fold my works up for future records. Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46… Continue reading Abstractions, or: Future records

Once known as Baby Bubbles

Once known as Baby Bubbles, the sibilance of her childhood lisp had precluded a successful career in her family's jazz singing tradition. Dejected, she'd turned to busking instead. Singer & Songwriter Michal Elia Kamal (image source) This piece of flash fiction was written in response to: The Sunday Muse #222;Fandangoโ€™s One-Word Challenge: 'tradition';Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: 'bubbles';Sammi… Continue reading Once known as Baby Bubbles

Rusted afternoons, or: Bloodstained glass

Poetry Partners #108 'No Longer', a poem by Aishwarya Kannan of 'Timelessly' In the midst of an afternoon slumber Scribbling along the walls Hoping that it would last longer I donโ€™t know why it ended But the dream was all I had ephemeral, but so close If only he could also be sad To know… Continue reading Rusted afternoons, or: Bloodstained glass

Young man, or: Old man

Brilliant failed old man sons young man tells him he's clever but the child... Why bother if genius didn't help his hero failure and disappointment ultimate destroyers of families of respect of self- respect His work in graduate school lands him promising job that disappoints with its soullessness even at top of his game he… Continue reading Young man, or: Old man

Ruined, or: Reaching

A sijo passion's perilous pathways perchance exact painful prices ruined romantic reveries strewn across rambling ravines reaching, rugged towers rise constructed of rough setbacks 'Ronovan Writes' poetry challenge Sijo Wednesday #4 Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the word 'passion' today. Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of… Continue reading Ruined, or: Reaching

Overcast, or: Undercast

Poetry Partners #55 A poem by M Jay Dixit of 'September heart-to-hearts' Another day's been laid to waste Sunshine seems so far away Dark clouds linger on Crying from time to time a melancholic rain. I can't remember my face Mirrors show a reflection I hate and my thoughts are so grey, so low and… Continue reading Overcast, or: Undercast

Note to self, or: Hypocrisy

An American sentence in 10 words: Delay unequivocally costs us our lives; best to take chances. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading Note to self, or: Hypocrisy

Glowing, or Toasted

Poetry Partners #42 'Daylight at night', a poem by kittysverses of 'Kitty's Verses' Haunted by dreams, Keeping me awake at night, I seek answers, Those luminescent stars crossing paths though light years far, Have I always known it all along? Of times to come, Awhile wishing otherwise. Haunted by dreams, That take me to lands… Continue reading Glowing, or Toasted