Cat at Midnight (and Other Haikus)

Shelves

The dusty, bent wood

dutifully holds the books

I forgot to read.

 

Blackbird

Nobody saw her

spreading her dark, tattered wings;

they just scorned her flight.

 

Children Swimming

Splashing and screaming;

waking up the neighborhood

with sounds of water.

 

Class Rows

Uniformity

in brown tables and blue chairs

and empty faces.

 

Cat at Midnight

Two yellow eyes glow,

tensed by unexpected steps

on the dark walkway.

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MUSIC SERIES – The Little Things

This poem was inspired by Yellow by Coldplay. Think there’s a song you think I should write about? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Little Things

 

like splashing by a sunlit lake,

or sketching pictures after dawn;

like shining painted yellow cups,

or pointing out a starry night

are how the shapes of memories

are framed in mental photographs.

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FIFTY WORD STORY – New Greens

The horses trod through the plains. The grasses had withered with pestilence before being torched. The blackened path was marred with scorched rocks and ashen branches. Yet the smoke had passed, and the sky was smiling upon the broken fields. We could see new buds poking through, like leafy phoenixes.

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Tricky Dog (and Other Haikus)

Appearances

Those cracks in the rock

are but ripples in the shade

as the wind rolls through.

 

Tangled

The branches caught me

in interwoven tendrils

like a comb through hair.

 

Always Watching

The misshapen limbs

of the strange metallic bird

stare through the window.

 

Channel

The electric stream

coursing through my tired eyes

sails me to sleep.

 

Tricky Dog

While passing out treats,

he played a swift, sudden trick

and snatched a second.

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MUSIC SERIES – Traveller

This poem was inspired by Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan. Have a song you think I should write about? Let me know in the comments!

 

Traveller

 

After the dust has caked my lungs

and the hot swallows of dry air

have scorched my swollen throat to ash,

I wonder if my doubts will flame

 

and if, after feet grow heavy,

the heat of my fires will wane

and extinguish the fortitude

that first sent me on this journey.

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FIFTY WORD STORY – Spineless

He awoke spineless. It was as if the bones in his limbs had turned to mush. His fingers would flop back and forth like a rag doll, and every step mimicked a tower collapsing. Yet he walked with greed; filled with the desire to break everyone as much as him.

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Dog Wants to Go (and Other Haikus)

Family Photos

I dug through the stacks

of dusty family photos

with eyes dripping tears.

 

New Shoes

A black and white mesh

stained an unexpected red

when I tripped running.

 

Little Wings

The little blue bird

beats its wings against the wind;

braving the tempest.

 

Breaking Fast

I woke with an ache

to hear eggs popping in grease

from bacon drippings.

 

Dog Wants to Go

I reach for the door

and hear his paws scampering

in hopes of coming.

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FIFTY WORD STORY – Sneaking

Sneaking is a favorite pastime of the shadows. They blend themselves between the shade like a streak of black paint, dematerializing until unsuspecting simpletons, as they call them, walk through their space. Then, they like to play a prank. Knocking keys, picking pockets, and catching coattails, just for a reaction.

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Cat Greetings (and Other Haikus)

Voyager

The bark slid down stream

as though it was sailing off

to a brighter shore.

 

Exhaustion

The glaze on my eyes

fades the golden hues to gray

with each grudging breath.

 

Finishing a Book

The letters trail

down into the empty space,

but I’m still spinning.

 

Addicted

My eyes pulled away

from the provocative screen,

pushed by unseen force.

 

Cat Greetings

Their black ears perk up

at the jostling of the door

and they pad closer.

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LOVE POEM #101 – Humility

Humility

 

I hide in the shade of the hills,

waiting behind the willow trees

for you to return from your walk

so that we can share a few words.

 

Well, I did the 7 Sins, so I may as well try the Heavenly Virtues.

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