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…

What is Anguish?

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 uneasy some things never moved…

Vanished

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, vanished 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:…

Resilience (Tree Talk: Ep 4)

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…

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….

Immortal

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

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…

A Lone Soul

(I) cold frost still lingers lichening wildly on vines the lone spirit stands (II) 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…