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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LOVE POEM #103 – Temperance

Temperance

 

As a blade, hewn in the fire

is folded ‘till it burns anew,

so too did she reforge his heart

‘till it shone like a silver flame.

 

Take a look at my other poem based on the Heavenly Virtues: Humility!

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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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MUSIC SERIES – Under the Wheel

This poem was inspired by Time by Pink Floyd! Let me know if there are any songs you’d like me to write about.

 

Under the Wheel

 

When my skin began to shrivel

I knew Fortune’s spinning wheel

had snared me in its crooked spokes

and sentenced me to my last years.

 

The somber day came when I slipped;

the strength I’d used to climb her rungs

was at last sapped from my muscles

and she rolled o’er my shrunken form.

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LOVE POEM #102 – Words

Words

 

Words can be worthless

a waste of wind between the teeth;

a wash over the waterfall;

a weeping chasm of feelings.

 

Yet writ in your lips

are lines of a deeper language;

a labyrinth of layered inks

lingering in red on my cheek.

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