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

Balance (a senryu)

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When life’s unbalanced

I seek for the essentials…

gratitude and hope


I realize today that I don’t always need prompts from other people in order to write. I can search for a prompt from inside, from my own experience, which I have plenty of to pick. And I thank God for a day like today. He talked to me through everyone He sent down my way, which I’m thankful.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 15 (no prompt)

A Message of Love and Hope


On the day of Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 10.30 am (local time), two suicide bombers exploded themselves in front of the Cathedral Catholic church in the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Makassar is my hometown. I was born and raised there and attended mass several times in that cathedral during my childhood. You can read an article news about it by clicking on the link I posted underneath the image above. This is not the first time a suicide bombing targeted a church. Back in May 2018, another very similar tragedy happened to three churches in the city of Surabaya, the city where I was residing at that time until now. It was a shocking moment, but we bravely continued our daily activities. We could not succumb to fear, we refused!

I present you two senryu poems below as part of my expression.

(I)

deluded comfort

found in extreme hate doctrine,

erupting violence


(II)

safety and comfort

crushed by erupted violence

left a hole in heart

I refuse to succumb to fear, hate, or use my words to promote them. Yes, of course I am angry, sad, desolated, but I still have hope and love in my heart. So, I fight fear with hope and love. Here’s another senryu with this message. May peace be with us all.

(III)

like the rising sun

my heart too rises with hope

confront hate with love


Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge no. 351 – Comfort and Erupt

and

Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge no. 219 – any subject of poetry using haiku or senryu.

Perplexed (a senryu)

“The Watcher”. Location: Surabaya, Indonesia. Image by Erlyn Olivia (author/owner).

watching the unwatched

becoming perplexed, curious,

what’s beyond our sight?


2021 Photography Challenge – Candid Shot

#2021picoftheweek

The picture was taken in Surabaya, Indonesia, during a street fair at a pre-covid 19 time.

Random Thought

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When you combine a passion in poetry and photography, do you let your writing pick the image or an image determine your writing? Which element usually speaks first?

writing or image

such inconsequential point

inexplicable!

Yes, I know. Just a random thought, attempting to dig a smile.


Weekend Writing Prompt #199 – Element in 47 words.

VJ’s Weekly Challenge – Dig. To VJ, the host of VJ’s Weekly Challenge, I hope I can offer you a smile and lessen the exhaustion a bit.