Haunted – Double Tanka

I am plagued by ghosts.

Phantom memories haunting,

Teasing and taunting;

Eerie unending onslaught

Of past polluting present.

 

Wraithlike reflections,

Ethereal nostalgia,

Draw a spectral smile –

Soon banished by the thought that

Now cannot compare to Then.

Emma H, age 26, 12/10/2017


A double tanka especially for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Week 54 – “Ghost” & “Haunt”. To find out how to take part in the challenge, you can follow the link here:

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT

I think my first stanza is better, but didn’t fully convey that the haunting memories were happy ones rather than regrets – hence the addition of the second stanza. I find that happy memories can be horribly bittersweet, especially when going through rough times in life or mental health. Thanks to Colleen for the prompt!

 

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Fun & Games – A Haiku

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Rediscovery,

Memories of childhood fun;

Great joy recaptured!

Emma H, age 26, 24/07/2017

 


I love the nostalgia of rediscovering a childhood toy, game or book and sparing a moment to reminisce.

Photo taken in the Lego shop in Disneyland Paris a few years ago whilst holidaying with my sister 🙂 We designed our Lego figures to be the “perfect English gentlemen”…

Transformation – A Tanka

 

The emerging sun

Transforms our puddle-soaked roads

To molten silver;

Gleaming, dazzling rivers flow

Through the weatherworn city.

 

Emma H, age 26, 18/08/2017


Hi all, I have returned from my overseas adventures! After a week of glorious Spanish sunshine and temperatures in the mid-30s, I was welcomed back to the UK by thick black clouds, an almighty deluge and a bumpy plane landing! In homage to the beautiful British weather, I felt it appropriate for my blogging return to be rain-related. Here’s hoping for some brighter and crisper autumn days to come!

Music Box – A Haiku

 

The notes that pour from

My music box heart form a

Plaintive melody.

Emma H, age 26, 15/03/2017

 


This will likely be my last post before I disappear on holiday for a week – in case anyone wonders about my absence! I can’t wait to swap the brisk British weather for some scintillating Spanish sunshine 🙂 See you all in October!

Sing Out – A Tanka

 

Open your mouth wide

And sing loud for all to hear,

Forget fear and pride;

Music is a gift, that’s clear –

Spread your tune to ev’ry ear!

 

Emma H, age 26, 20/09/2017

 


I enjoyed Colleen’s Weekly Poetry prompt “gift” & “song” so much that I actually wrote a second poem – this one a tanka. I know I’m posting it after the deadline, but I still wanted to share!

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

My first entry, a haiku, can be found here: Dawn Chorus – A Haiku

Dawn Chorus – A Haiku

Songbirds chirp and croon,

Gift to greet the breaking dawn,

Bright and joyous tune!

Emma H, age 26, 22/09/2017

 


A haiku for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 51 – “gift” & “song”. To take part or find out more, you can follow the link below:

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

This is the first time I have taken part in Colleen’s challenge but hopefully I will be contributing more regularly from now on 🙂