The Nature of Flowers

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

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

What is Anguish?

Image by mollyroselee from Pixabay

Sullen is
the air being inhaled
a wrecked land
empty souls
the once lush -  now arid flat
no promises left

Moment's gone
though it had its chance
with eyes closed
picture them
fragrant of cherry blossoms
cries of children's joy

It's still there
beating deep at night
feelings of
some things never moved beyond
they stuck in the past

Written using #shadorma.

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 20

Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #222 – Ekphrastic (photo above)

FOWC with Fandango – Fragrant

MMA Storytime’s Word of the Day – Wreck


Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels

Her smiles

broad but nervous

stealing glances around

then rummage through her purse – checking,

that’s when

a scream from deep inside erupts

despair arrives after –

no sign of it,


Butterfly Cinquain is a nine-line non-rhyming poem using a syllabic form of 2/4/6/8/2/8/6/4/2

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge # 221 Synonyms Only – Prompt: Searched and Lost

#NaPoWriMo2021 – Day 13 (no prompt)

Resilience (Tree Talk: Ep 4)

“Fortress”. Location: Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. Image is owned by author of this blog, Erlyn Olivia

In my heart

I know it is time

for next steps

a moment of silence to

catch breath, gather thoughts, stillness –

show must continue

doubt, regret

they come, no ending

let rain pours

why not befriend them – sometimes

we come to unpaved roads, but

treading through we must

#NaPoWriMo2021 – second entry for Day 7 (a shadorma)

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #220 – a shadorma

#ThursdayTreeLove – 107

#TreeTalkSeries – Episode 4

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.


deluded comfort

found in extreme hate doctrine,

erupting violence


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.


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


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


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Just one more memory of sunset,

carved immortally in my soul,

a last plight

before ending this fight,

fading into eternity.

#Tanka Tuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge no. 217 – Theme: Immortality Poetry form was written using Gogyohka.

Hope and Fear

Photo by Max Bender on

Think I’m losing it

My longing, unbearable  

Please don’t burn my dreams

This life you offer, cold void

How can I ever catch up

The poem above uses a Tanka form. I’ve written Tanka poems before that follow 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure, but I never paid attention to the one unique characteristics of a Tanka poem as explained below (taken from Word Craft & Poetry’s Cheat Sheet :

Your tanka should be filled with poetic passion, including vivid imagery to make up both parts of the poem. The first three lines of the poem consist of one part and should convey a specific theme. The third line of your poem is the often where the pivot occurs, although it can happen anywhere. The pivot gives direction to your poem, whose meaning should be applied to the first two lines of your poem, as well as the last two lines so that your tanka can be read forward and backward.

So I tried to incorporate it this time and read it backward at the end. Think it works. Oh, and this time, I did the writing first and let the writing picked its image (check out my piece Random Thought to explain about this).

The poem above is in response to Tanka’s Tuesday Challenge #216 – Synonyms Only with Eager & Hope as the prompt.

A Lone Soul

“A Lone Soul”. Image sketched and owned by author of this blog, Erlyn Olivia


cold frost still lingers

lichening wildly on vines

the lone spirit stands


naked and lonely

it whistles tirelessly

summoning love birds

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge no. 215 – Poet’s Choice! This time I offer you another sketch of a tree and two haikus to accompany the sketch. Hence, what I actually offer this time is a haiga. Haiga is a haiku accompanied by a picture. Haiga, haiku, well, in reality the separation line is very thin. What’s more important is to enjoy making it.