A haiku for Colleen’s weekly challenge.
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no time for singing
eaves aflutter with bright wings
For Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge.
with winter gloom— we share
bright buttercup light
For Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge. This was a hard one.
rising on wild wings
spring storm sings off key
while darkness grows
grey grass sea sprinkled
with seed pearls
coughs defiance into
the sunday silence
on last year’s leaves
and this year’s snails
broad and smiling—gold-plated
such green growth
though the wind howls grass stalks
bend not breaking
still it rains
not still the sky mirror
where water leaps
I have just watched the first mass migration of the spring, perhaps a thousand cranes in just one of the skeins, flying in reasonably ordered formation, heading north east. Their trumpeting call is triumphant, sonorous, stay in line, don’t stray, keep in the slipstream if you’re tired.
Home calls, spring, the nest, and the mate for life to help raise the new chicks. No one is left behind, all take turns to fray a path through the winds. Only birds, but can we claim the same honour?
cloud-streaked blue rain-rippled
ocean of feathers
Last night, for the first two hours after taking a pain killer, I dipped in and out of half-sleep, woken by the same imperative repeated over and over—don’t forget two threads of the story, the two characters in a boat, the other two on the mountain, remember how the threads pull together.
Two hours of this anxiety that I might forget the vital elements of the plot of the story plagued me before I woke completely, the pain too bad to sleep and the anxiety still there.
on the water
a boat with swan’s wings
But what is the story? Not one that I am writing. Who are the two people in the boat? What is their relationship with the two climbing the mountain? I wish I knew. Perhaps it is a story waiting to be written, the voice urging me to remember, the voice of what we call the Muse.
And what if I were to write the two wandering threads?
wreathes the mountain
I'll talk you talk we'll talk
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