The Stormy Night Sky

 

the stormy night sky

finds a precipice to fall from –

a crack of bones

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Special #144, Kala Ramesh’s fifth haiku “thunderclap”, 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 finish, here’s Billie Holiday –
 

bookscover2cover – Oslo, 1056

 
Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Oslo, 1056it can be read by clicking on the link. This particular story was inspired by a beautiful story by Borges in which an old man in Old England is slowly dying in a barn (I think) – he’s the last person in the country who was brought up with the old gods, so once he is gone those ways are lost forever. The story points out that whenever a person dies it’s not only an individual who is lost but a whole universe of experience. My story is a small, slightly less sad, nod to Borges’ wonderful observations.
And to finish, here’s a non-traditional Viking song by The Cardigans –
 

I Always Miss You

 

I always miss you –

as clear moonlight passes through

the silver lake

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu, N. Scott Momaday’s “the Delight Song of Tsoai-talee”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. My favourite line from the ‘Delight Song’ is this:

“I am the long track of the moon in a lake”

– so, I wrote around that image, of a fashion.

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Scott Walker –
 

bookscover2cover – Realpolitick and Paint

Another story of mine has been posted at bookscover2cover; called Realpolitick and Paintit can be read by clicking on the link. This particular story was written in response to a photo prompt that resembled vomit, I remember. This brought to mind a black and white film of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ in which the only colour shot was of the ‘diseased’ picture at the end. Not sure why Machiavelli made an appearance… 🙂

To finish, here’s The Creation –

 

Hello, Murder

 

”hello, murder” –

the words wheel by the black shapes

happily

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #22, Basho’s “where the hototogisu is singing”, 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 finish, here’s The Pogues –