Skeletons of Streets


Skeletons of streets

When the phosphor of deep frost

And the moon conspire


This poem was written for Carpe Diem Special #116, Tomas Tranströmer’s “and the frigid sea”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And to wrap things up in a chilly, romantic fashion, here’s Cat Power.


18 thoughts on “Skeletons of Streets

  1. — and I’ll never see those winter streets the same way again — I have to echo wildbilbo here — “phosphor of deep frost” is a wonderful image –!

    The music goes with this just beautifully
    Another artist to look into — what a voice. 🙂

    • It’s a gorgeous song, isn’t it? A little while after the CDHK moon prompt I was kicking myself for not having included this song in that post – but fortunately…

      Also as luck would have it, I was reading one of Aquileana’s Greek mythology posts just after seeing this prompt – it was about Hecate, a moon goddess, who was sometimes referred to as a “Phosphorescent Angel,” apparently – a nice phrase, I thought; rather Ginsbergy, hey? And I mentioned in the comment I left there that I thought I could use it in my next haiku 🙂

      • Yes — that is Ginsbergy!

        Haven’t visited Aquileana’s site for a while — should start doing that again. Wonderful resources – I just always find myself short on time. o.O

  2. Aquileana’s Site is an awesome source for Greek Mythtology … I have read her post about Hecate Blake … and I think you have done a great job with this prompt … very nicely done … chapeau!

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