Between Breaths

Moon and tree

Listen!

We could be an opera

if we tell it right.

That night we first kissed —

in the telling, remember

the tree on the hill

and say:  “In the dark

the moon followed us home.”

But you wouldn’t let me keep it.

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A Poem Prayer for our Fearsome World

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From ghoulies and ghosties
and long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

From witches and skellies
and bloodsucking vampires
And things that crawl up your leg,
Dear Lord, deliver us!

From goblins and boogeymen
and phantasms of gore
And things that hide under the bed,
Please Lord, deliver us!

From aliens and chainsaws
and drug lords and dealers
And those that steal innocence,
Our Lord, deliver us!

From kidnappers and thieves
and molesters and rapists
And those who would take what isn’t theirs,
Dear Lord, deliver us!

From abusers and stalkers,
and killers, and murderers of every kind
And those who do harm for their own sake,
Good Lord, deliver us!

For howsoever the monsters change,
we, who must live among them,
continue to need Your protection.

Amen.

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The First Stanza of the above  poem is actually the original Scottish prayer, in its entirety; a portion of which is referenced in the Yeah Write  prompt for this writing challenge.  I have taken the liberty of expanding upon the original in the next six stanzas. 

For more fabulous responses to the prompt go to http://yeahwrite.me/fiction-poetry-writing-challenge-185/

Haiku – Cherry Blossoms Fall

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The challenge today is to complete a special kind of Japanese poetry called a tan renga. Poets work together completing poems of three line stanzas followed by two line stanzas. Here is the prompt haiku, the first stanza, by Shirao:

hito koishi hitoboshi koro wo sakura chiru

yearning fills my heart
when the candles are lit;
Cherry blossoms fall

And my response:

silent puddles at my feet
dreams go unfulfilled tonight

This haiku was prompted by the challenge over at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Drop by to read some great poetry.

1:00 A.M.

wp-train-train-1523036384Lonely whistle calls
Some nights I hear the longing
No train tracks nearby

Written for the prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Hai Visit there to learn some fascinating information about Masaoko Shiki, a young poet who gave Haiku it’s name and brought this poetry-art into the 20th century.