On a barren day like today
the lure nagged more than usual
gnawing the inside of my brain greedily
little I could do to stop it
I feel like grabbing the car key
take off without anything in hands
except an old heart and a pitiful mind
they're broken anyway, just like the rest 
what to lose	

On a gray day like today
would be nice to see colors again, perhaps
meeting and mixing new ones this time around, 
or walk bare feet on grass, the wind teasing and 
kissing my toes, I’ll happily let out a giggle
I think the world is calling but I’m frozen
deaf inside and outside, unable to move
what I would do to sit behind the wheel again
and drive away without destination in mind 
just let go 

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 6 (no prompt)

MLMM Photo Challenge #361

Hello Yellow

The world greets 
my eyes with yellow,
and in awe 
I simply reply,

Life in Colour 2021 – Yellow February Last yellow for the month of February. It’s been fun for yellow. Can’t wait for the challenge of another color.

All images belong to the owner of this blog, Erlyn Olivia.

On the Loose

Image credit to Lance Anderson on Unsplash

A man came back from the gym

Find a big surprise waiting for him

Where is my house, he rants

At last, off the market thence?

Nay, missus said – wind took it for a spin

Evening news, the anchor announces,

“We’d like to bring you the news

A house just left and gone

Call if it lands on your lawn

Warning, house is dangerous — y’know, loose screws”

This is my very first time making Limerick poems. Here’s a few information about Limericks from Literary Devices:

A limerick is a poem that consists of five lines in a single stanza with a rhyme scheme of AABBA. Most limericks are intended to be humorous, and many are considered bawdy, suggestive, or downright indecent. The subject of limericks is generally trivial or silly in nature. Most limericks are considered “amateur” poetry due to their short length and relatively simplistic structure. However, this does not take away from reader enjoyment of this literary device. With traditional limericks, the first, second, and fifth lines feature the same verbal rhythm, rhyme, and have seven to ten syllables. The third and fourth lines must rhyme (differently from the rhyme of lines one, two, and five), feature the same rhythm, and have five to seven syllables.

There are some very funny limericks out there which can be easily found by using google.

Thank you to Sadje for picking the best image so far for WDYS Challenge #70. When I saw the image above, right away I knew a limerick(s) is calling me. So there, I tried it.

Unbeaten Path

Image taken by Erlyn Olivia (author)

Quiet is the land ahead,

barren, dreary, deserted.

Uncertain, yet intrigued,

she halts and ponders,

should she take it?

Crispina Kemp is the creator of Crimson’s Creative Challenge #118. I answered the challenge with my own picture and a gogyohka poem. The picture is an old picture from 10 years ago when I found this path nearby my home at that time in Indiana, USA. I have since moved back to Indonesia.

Oh Daisy, Daisy

“I love daisies… They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”

~Kathleen Kelly, a character from You’ve Got Mail


Daisy has such a simple, easy, uncomplicated, yet elegant form. Its whiteness seems so pure and clean, despite its nature as a wild flower. The form has a cheerful character, similar to a form of sunflowers, symbolizing the sun that brings light and cheerfulness to the world. It is difficult not to feel a bit Pollyannaish when looking at a handful of daisies, especially if the daisies are sitting on our own kitchen table.

as I stare at you,

you stare back at me, teasing,

a gasp of joy

But let’s not forget its other attractive character as well. As a wild flower, daisy symbolizes freedom, being untamed, loose, natural. Yet, the freedom also speaks to its important present in this world, that is to compliment things that happen in this world that are routines in nature, bounded by rules and all the “ought to be”. It offers balance.

undaunted by rules

curse destiny in its face

you grow unannounced


floating or flying,

our mind can’t seem to discern,

fact is, life goes on.


Floating or flying,

what’s the difference,

for an image has

one main purpose,

to trick.

I presented these three forms of poems, haibun, haiku and gogyohka, as a response to Photo Challenge #353 by Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Please visit the site to see other creative contributions from other bloggers. Thank you for reading. It’s been a joy in making these poems.

Featured image is by Arshi Ahmed from

A Morning Monologue

Image credit: Richard Kesperowsk@Unsplash

Ah, you caught me,

caught me stealing a glance

What can I say,

your sight just sucks me

like a magnet

So you got me


what can I do for you

I have to offer something

‘ cause it’s rude not to

I’ve interrupted you,

your alone time

You can punish me

Please, punish me

I’ll take anything

Anything other than


Thanks to Sadje What Do You See # 68 – February 8, 2021.



Order Does Exist within Chaos

Chaos, messy, isn’t that part of life? Who never experienced chaos before?

Well, I am in the middle of a change right now, trying to send chaos away, packing it in a suit case, and hopefully chaos never returns again. But perhaps chaos may come back in a different form in the future. Who knows. But at this moment, I’m ready to send one away.

Days that I hope will be more in an order will start in a month. A life with a full time teaching position will soon be in the past for me. Still teaching, but possibly in a different form, and definitely not full time. I’m not too worried about how I’m going to adjust, although I’m starting to feel the emotional aspect of going through another phase of change and adaptation. Life is about learning and learning is a life-long process. And therefore, I would think the same goes with teaching. I can still teach, but in a different way. Teaching is a form of sharing, and so no doubt, I can still do it one way or another.

But for now, I am ready to let go one type of chaos out of my life.




A view like this in my house always marks the ending of a semester. Each stack is from a class, so there is a total of 5 classes. All I can chant now, “I’m ready to let you go.”




The stack of chaos shown above occupies another desk. This time it is at my desk in the office. Same meaning with the previous stacks, it only means the end of a semester. “I’m ready to let go of you, chaos,” I said convincing myself.

Order does exist within chaos.


And this … this one, I swear to you, there is an order in the seemingly chaos depicted here. Imagine this is a stack of stones that are seen in many outdoor pictures. What kind of feeling do those pictures usually attempt to arouse?

Well, hell, there is an inner calmness definitely in that picture too. It’s obvious.

Unfortunately, I can’t claim ownership of the stack of inner calmness, because it’s not my creation. I can only claim ownership of the picture. This inner calmness, by the way, managed to stay strong like this for many days. Order does exist within chaos.



Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Order