Haiku challenge: Fierce & Fever

A tanka for Ronovan’s weekly challenge.

Painting Sunrise by V. Tomilovsky

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beneath this fierce sun

the earth bakes grass crackles in

radiant fever

parches every throat—even

trees shrink aching for rain

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Dragons fly

I’m adding this one to the dverse open link night and the ‘movement’ prompt.

Photo©Michael Apel

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dancing dragons

flying in stream shade

green as ocean deeps

feasting on gnats sun-struck blips

in cool water light

 

gems with wings

flash-flicker flick light

turquoise indigo

black gold blood and russet red

myths in motion

 

hover then flip

land on the slenderest leaf

water-skimming

machine-hot metallic tints

glint in cool leaf gloom

 

reptile insect

powdered with fool’s gold

in brittle-winged flight

rapid shutter speed

film of prehistory

 

deep shade

water trickles

dragonflying machines

brilliant

tricks of the light