Rich shades of autumn,
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.
I am plagued by ghosts.
Phantom memories haunting,
Teasing and taunting;
Eerie unending onslaught
Of past polluting present.
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!
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!
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
A heart that’s playful,
Body lustful, afire love,
Young passion blooming;
Excitement of something new
Courses hot through burning veins.
A heart that’s lifeless,
Body untouched, veins run cold,
Young love extinguished;
The new-felt pain of heartache
Like frostbite stinging the soul.
Emma H, age 26, 20/09/2017
A double tanka for Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 63 – “cold & “playful”. You can find out more or read other entries here:
Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 63 – Playful & Cold
Tall chimney pistols
Propel polluting poisons
At enemy skies;
Thoughtless toxic bullets fired
In the heart of Mother Earth.
Emma H, age 26, 28/07/2017
Deep within your head,
Social values play their game,
When the mirror’s had its fun,
You no longer look like you.
Emma H, age 26, 13/09/2017
Written for Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 62 – “Mirror” & “Fun”. If you want to have a go, you can follow the link below:
Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 62 – Mirror & Fun
Photo taken (by me) in the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh.