No man, or: Eucalyptus

A haibun 'No man is an island' must be one of the most well-known clichés in the book. I mean, sure, it's fundamentally true in a technical sense - almost no person on Earth is entirely self-sufficient when it comes to the food (s)he eats or the clothing (s)he wears. But something so resoundingly self-evident… Continue reading No man, or: Eucalyptus

Not in Random Access Memory, or: Deeper

A quadrille too slow force reboot wait; log in again defrag your hard drive sit; hands upon your head eyes closed; run the algorithm browse through those docs and jpgs it's in you; not in random access memory elsewhere; deeper; older; ah! click that folder cry ‘What do you see’ Prompt #136 For Sadje’s weekly… Continue reading Not in Random Access Memory, or: Deeper

Hardly aware, or: Certainly unclear

A sijo each ever spirals through substantial, intangible changes hardly aware, certainly unclear as cycles snap and twist coil together, one into the next resisting gravity 'Ronovan Writes' poetry challenge Sijo Wednesday #8 Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the words 'rebirth' or 'change' today. Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised… Continue reading Hardly aware, or: Certainly unclear

Blues, or: Soul

Poetry Partners #77 'With tears from dear', a poem by Henry Mworia of 'Veteran Writes' Emotions say you are a stranger. Alone I must be they tell me. Being apart will stop my heart. Drizzling notions of doubt or despair Rain at a pace similar to no other. I’m unable to see you split in… Continue reading Blues, or: Soul

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

Richelieu, or: the Conspiracy

Poet-Warrior Sword dripping with foes' dark ink Pens mightier words d’Verse Open Link Night I am sharing this poem for d’Verse OLN #313. This is a senryu that I wrote back in August '20, a few months after launching this blog. The words came to me as I was lying down to sleep, and I worried… Continue reading Richelieu, or: the Conspiracy

A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold

Poetry Partners #68 'a lining of silver', a poem by Jeff Flesch of 'Develop. Inspire. Transform.' I sit atop a tower, looking down at the flowers briar, calling to me at all hours it is beauty seen in the myriad contours and folds of life’s road — gold and shining in the afternoon sun, watching… Continue reading A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold

The abyss, or: Essence

Poetry Partners #65 A poem by Vedran Markovic of 'Frog Machinery' Falling falling falling, Can't stop falling. You see the stars, They slowly fade. You see the clouds, They dissipate. You fall through the sky, The blue fades away. You hit the ground, Don't stop now. Break through ground, Flying by the roots. Begin to… Continue reading The abyss, or: Essence