Was seed

now spreads broad-leafed branches,

unfolds, scented,
in a complex origami
of curl-petaled bloom,

gallops the hillside,
a russet-red leaper,

pads the night paths,
a russet-tailed chancer,

and you,
milky-soft, pink and unfocused,
learning by the moment,
gallop-growing, unfurling beauty,

were once a microscopic

A quadrille for EJ and the dverse prompt.

gogyohka for a scarecrow

A gogyohka sequence for Frank Tassone’s weekly challenge


in the field

a tattered man

of sticks and rags

silent stands beneath a sky

heavy with crows


heavy clay the orange earth

and sky grey

slicked with orange light

furrowed field full of crows

no bundle of sticks will scare


I watch you

with your helpless hands

and sightless face

that feels neither sun nor rain

scorned even by the birds

The ways to love

These two quadrilles are for the Secret Keeper’s writing prompt. This week’s words are:



This is where they part,

the head and the heart,

old demons give way

to dreams’ new day.

For poorer are we

if we only see

the rocky path before,

above the tangled shore,

and never raise our eyes

to the bright, star-speckled skies.


Ancient are the ways,

he says,

to love,

ask the stars above,

the watchful moon beaming,

sunlight streaming.

Listen not to your fears,

or give in to tears,

but take my hand, start

to heed your beating heart

or we will the poorer part.

Did I say?

A cascade poem for Paul’s dverse prompt—community. Maybe slightly off prompt, but it’s what came to mind.


Did I say I needed more than this,

Than your strong arms to hold me through the night

Than your heart’s pulse that beats in time with mine?


Did I say I wanted piles of gold,

Or palaces and easy summer days?

Did I say I needed more than this?


The moon and stars that light the darkest hours,

Too far their fire, I need no other warmth,

Than your strong arms to hold me through the night.


Of all the treasures heaped in earth’s broad lap,

None makes my blood leap more with purest joy,

Than your heart’s pulse that beats in time with mine.

Microfiction challenge #8: The avenue

The theme word this week is:


and the image is another Van Gogh, Avenue of poplars. Apart from the autumnal setting, which in itself can be melancholy, I find this painting terribly sad. The figure is leaving the house rather than going towards it, the tree shadows forming a barrier, and the figure is not strolling, but walking purposefully. Are there regrets or is he/she glad to be gone? And the house itself seems to be grimacing.

Those are my thoughts, but I am sure there will be as many different interpretations as there are participating authors. Whether you are inspired to add to your serial or want to write a stand alone story, please leave the link to your blog in the comments by next Thursday. I’ll try to comment on your stories if WordPress will let me.