Ophelia – A Tanka

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Rich shades of autumn,

Copper-coloured foliage,

Orange and deep gold,

Reflected in storm-swirled skies;

Nature’s wonders never cease.

 

Emma H, age 26, 16/10/2017

 


My photo does not do justice to yesterday’s eerie, apocalyptic weather – it was reminiscent of scenes from Mad Max or Star Wars. An eye-catching celestial phenomenon was created as ex-hurricane Ophelia’s winds dragged desert sands and forest fire particles up into the atmosphere over Britain. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

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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!

First Fallen

 

Costume jewellery spider webs,

Strung with dewy diamond beads,

Grassy fields sequin-scattered,

Festooning even lowly weeds.

 

Kamikaze helicopters,

Sycamore skydivers,

Twist and twirl and flit and swirl:

First fallen survivors.

 

Velveteen fog descends,

Smothering the world in grey,

Casting thick and syrupy gloom

To obfuscate the break of day.

 

Luscious canopies transform,

Speckled with season’s rust;

Flame-tipped or foliage brushed

With ruddy blush or gilt gold-dust.

 

Branch by branch neatly disrobed,

These russet-tasseled trees,

Each leaflet floats and drifts to ground,

Plucked clean by bitter breeze.

 

Spiky shells cracked on the ground

Reveal their chestnut jewels,

The gleaming treasure gathered up

For playtime fun in schools.

 

Slick September showers

Fill the air with earthy scent;

Roads and pavements puddle-riddled

Soaked by autumn skies’ lament.

 

Once crisp leaves are moulded

Into multicoloured mulch;

Muddied borders line the streets

In roadside gutter gulch.

 

Shivering and sodden,

Breath curling into vapour,

Fraught commuters brace the winds

With faces white as paper.

 

Indigo-hued twilight falls

And lengthy shadows creep,

To duly warn the waiting world

Of winter’s coming sleep.

 

Emma H, age 26, 27/09/2017

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 🙂

 

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Scarlet-speckled meadows

Lush canvas boasting

Pillar box-red poppy pointillism

Fields flecked and freckled

 

Wafer-thin wings

Delicately spun from finest silk

Flutter by and catch the eye

In contrasting black and orange

 

Efflorescent trumpets

Reflect the springtime sun

In ravishing yellow

A fantastic floral fanfare

 

Ghostly green

Streaks across sable skies

Dancing and weaving

In a mesmerising nocturnal show

 

Sparks of electric blue

Flit on summer breezes

Swirling by the riverside

Held aloft by gossamer wings

 

Mighty mountains

Dominating the distant skyline

Draped in regal indigo

And snowcapped top hat

 

Beaming pansy faces

Mottled cream gold and violet

Around an ink blot centre

Queen of flowerbeds

 

Nature’s rainbow

Paints the world with colour

Bursting with vibrancy

And brings beauty to life

 

Emma H, age 26, 12/09/2017


It’s a few weeks late, but this poem is was written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt – Week 16 – “Colours”. The link is below!:

https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/weekend-writing-prompt-16-colours/

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