Snowflake (Poem)

Just like a snowflake
So easy to break
Even catching a tongue
Could all be undone
Watching the world melt away
Life is fragile to a snowflake

2006 (revised 2019)

Photo by Marc Newberry on Unsplash


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withdrawn from a chance outside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.

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.