Joke (Etheree)

joke’s on you
at the expense
of me, laughably
simple, yet blind to see
tears hot and riddled by truth
crashing through this spiteful lampoon
inner voice rails with the unanswered
stricken to rise from your luring banter


Photo by Gabriel Matula on Unsplash

For Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 119 “Mystery & Attract,” #SynonymsOnly I used riddled (as a verb rather than a noun) and luring.


Brave Step (Tanka)

it is a brave step
withdrawn from a chance outside
that starts at my door
a walking deluge ensues
minting faces in broad snow


For Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 118, #SynonymsOnly – this week’ prompt words were Begin & Fresh, so I selected to use Start and Mint in a Tanka.

Photo from pixabay.

Drawing Blanks (Etheree)

the tip
of pencil
leaning over
my unfurnished words
soaring to embrace her
emptiness grips this paper
forlorn delights of torn graphite
splinters collide into tender lines
despondent mischief in a new year’s eyes


For Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 117, “Poet’s Choice of Words” I have selected to use synonyms for hopeless and shred – so I used despondent and forlorn, and also torn and splinters.

Photo from pixabay.

Christmas, Cookies (Two Senryu Poems)

Children at their best

Pretending sleep for Christmas

Beneath snow packed roofs

From their hearth flakes fall 

Upon plates of warm cookies 

Scent blankets the home

Photo from pixabay.

You may notice in my series of paired Haiku and Senryu poems that they also contain a third, slightly hidden poem highlighted throughout the words of the two. If you haven’t noticed before, or haven’t seen my others, I would welcome feedback.

This has been a fun challenge to keep the lines sensical while still being able to flow with context of a third poem.

May the holidays bring you peace, thank you very much for reading my prattles and oddities. 

Murk (Nonet Poem)

Firm affectations dock with the frost
Ambling clouds spread desolate paint
Impairing moored voyages
Trumpeting bell’s warning
Heavy fog lingers
Lucid harbor
Echoes mirth


Photo by Anna Goncharova on Unsplash

For Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge: Poet’s Choice! #SynonymsOnly.

I’m using synonyms for anchor (moored and related word dock) and crawl (linger and related word amble).

This is my first crack at the Nonet poetry style, a syllabic form that consists of a descending count of 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. I also mixed in an acrostic (or puzzle), where my poem’s beginning letter of each line spells out a word.