Long Lost

The peephole shrunk her
to suit my memories. Years of regret
rattled my ribcage at her rapping.

When I opened up, she didn’t
recognize me and mispronounced my name,

so I told her the truth:
the person she wanted disappeared long ago.

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Hanami and Washi

Hanami

Hermits scrawl haiku
under thatched, sun-splintered roofs;
sakura blooming.

Washi

|             hermits                            scrawl       haiku
|                      daub         paper mulberry           minds
|          wolves’ tails    inked                                  fractured


Written for Ronovan Writes’ Haiku Challenge, which provided the prompt words “haiku” and “mind.” (The first is dependent on a bit of creative license: mind > head > roof.) “Hanami” refers to viewing parties when cherry trees (sakura) blossom. “Washi” refers to paper traditionally used for artwork and calligraphy.

Remember to try and read the experimental form in various ways; it’s not meant for a straightforward reading. Just as writing is a practice of experimentation, reading must be creative, too.

Natural Revolution

Photo prompt courtesy of Grammar Ghoul Press. I believe it’s an advertisement for the live-action movie adaptation of the manga Judge by Tonegai Yoshiki. After looking into it, my tanka seems way too lighthearted.

Predator and prey
secretly plot together —
coconspirators
seeking nature’s revival,
targeting children’s mindsets.

Badge: Shapeshifting 13 #24

Calliope; Writer’s Block; and Recovery (Three Haiku)

Calliope

Calliope bears
the memories of heroes
in her clay tablet.

Writer’s Block

Ink-stained pearl surface:
the drowning of a drained pen —
my spent muse laments.

Recovery

|         ink-stained                       pearl                                  surface
|                    hand          wrenched free, discovered           warps
|             bleeding                                     muse                       allayed


Written for Ronovan Writes’ Haiku Challenge, based on the prompts “muse” and “pen.” Coincidentally, I was researching the Muses for another piece before seeing this prompt; Calliope felt like a necessary subject for this considering that her emblem is a writing tablet. (Okay, that’s not a pen, but hopefully it’s regarded as thematically related.)

Life Cycles

PHOTO PROMPT - © Dale Rogerson

Photo prompt courtesy and copyright property of Dale Rogerson via the Friday Fictioneers event hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Join in and/or get your drabble fix here.

Life Cycles

Pupae hang from the glassy surface of stagnating water, vacuumed to the sun’s reflection by their respiratory trumpets. Larvae leisurely propel themselves by the feeding current of their mouth brushes to partake of pleuston.

I trust I’d be justified — even celebrated — to destroy them before they break their dependency on this puddle’s microlayer.

As I raise my boot above the water, it blackens with my shadow and the not-yet-mosquitoes plunge under grass blades. My foot lingers a moment as they remain hidden and drowning.

I lower my foot and crouch beside the puddle again and watch as they cautiously resurface.

Iris Domestica

Photo prompt courtesy and copyright property of Suman at Desibuckets via Grammar Ghoul Press.

I drempt
of heleniums,
lantanas, and
butterfly weeds
flushing over
the scratched patches
of earth
outside
my windowless hut,
brightening
the dawning
of days
I could
not see

when
I awoke
and opened
the dull umber egress
to a world
blessed
with blackberry lilies,
soft
clustered seeds
ready
to assure
their renewal.

Badge: Shapeshifting 13 #23