A Language of Feelings

“Morning Sky”. Image by Erlyn Olivia.

Paradise comes to us in many forms
Mine came as a morning bliss
Knocking bad dreams away

The sun kissed my eyes softly to open
Stunned by the display in sky
I'm lost in a deep awe

A paradise moment is lost in words
It’s a language of feelings 
Tuck 'em well in your heart


Poem is written in KIMO, which is an Israeli form of syllabic poetry, written in 3 lines with 10/7/6 syllable counts. Kimo poems often focus on a static image, a single moment in which there is no movement. Along with its brief nature, this makes it an excellent form to reflect on or celebrate a particular instance. There is no rules on rhyme or certain amount of stanza in Kimo. I just happened to write mine above in 3 stanzas.

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt Challenge May 6, 2021 – with Paradise as a prompt

Red and White

“Red and White”. Image by Erlyn Olivia. Location: Banjarmasin, Indonesia

It just happens that red and white are the colors of Indonesian flag, so here are haikus from my perspective to answer this prompt challenge of Red and White.

(I)

To the red and white

I bestow my allegiance

no doubt ’til the end



(II)

I hear it calling

red and white in my bloodstream

its pulse – awakening


Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge no. 365 – Red and White

Water Water Everywhere (WWE) no. 76 – May 3 2021

The Nature of Flowers


They come out in the spring
need very little care
it’s part of their nature  
self-reliant

In fact they ask for none
might even grow unplanned
somewhat ubiquitous
wild in nature

You may think they’re aloof
or perhaps unfriendly
but on the contrary
they give out warmth

They have one specialty
draw smiles out of humans
just by looking at them
joy is their traits

They’re radiant in nature
their impact's vivacious
playful is their language
brighten our days

Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash

My choice of flower is Daisy. The poem is written in Abhanga.

Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #223 – Theme prompt. The prompt this time is:

“Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 29

Hope After a Destruction

“Standing Strong”. Location: Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Image by Erlyn Olivia.

In celebration of the Thursday Tree Love, I picked this picture that I took 2 years ago during my trip to the city of Banda Aceh, located on the northern tip of the Sumatra Island in Indonesia. I don’t expect anyone to recognize the name Banda Aceh or the province of Aceh, but perhaps some people remember. This city became the attention of the whole world in December 2004 when the biggest tsunami that happened during this modern world hit Aceh. I underlined modern world because history has recorded bigger tsunamis previously but none had shocked the world the way tsunami 2004 did, thanks to the modern technology.

If you look at the vast openness beyond the tree, you can kind of see the open sea. It’s the Indian Ocean. It looked calm in this picture, even though it was a high tide due to the brewing storm. The tsunami came from that direction and the location where I took the picture was the first place hit.

No need to feel sorry for the tree because I know for sure this tree grew post tsunami. I know because half of Banda Aceh was gone, became flat. Thus, this tree probably got its chance to grow because of tsunami. Looking at it, it is a symbol of hope, a hope for a better future, a sign that life continues. Though I enjoyed taking pictures of the tree, the open ocean, the storm clouds, I also experienced mixed feelings of awe, sad, and a bit nervous. I imagined being there on that day and could feel the uneasiness even more. What came to the mind of people standing on this beach when seeing those big waves coming towards them?

Enough with the images of the past, I offer a haiku to remember December 2004 and the lives gone. May they continue to rest in peace.

a wrath in its path

water’s power came crushing

broke the day’s order

Never forget that live always goes on. Signs of life are around us, even when we are experiencing destruction or devastation in the form of tsunami, forest fires, earthquakes, or even pandemic, and let’s celebrate them too. To the tree of live, of hope, may you always grow stronger.


Thursday Tree Love April 23, 2011 with Parul Thakur. Please visit her blog to see more images of trees from all over the world.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 23

Night Owl

3nImage by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

pursue with instinct

dark silhouette framed by moon

precise and swift move


#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 21. I think I’m at the lowest of my energy and passion on this 21st day. I can tell that my mind is fighting this pull towards giving up, especially when the days get very heavy and busy this week.

MMA Storytime Haiku A Day Challenge – Pursue