Outside

Snow wraps white.
Sky beams blue.
Winter’s night–
Calmly true.


Text: Linked to dVerse Meeting the Bar.  I will be hosting and the theme is brevity with poems five lines or less.  There are no other constraints.  The pub opens at 3:00 PM EST.

Photos: “Sidewalk and Freshly Plowed Snow”, above, and “Winter Sunset”, below, linked to Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge with the theme “in my life”.

Winter Sunset

One-Liner Wednesday — Stress

There’s nothing like stress to freak me out.


Linked to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

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Mind Dreaming Reality

Theory helps our minds to see.
There’s order in the air.
In the sky objectively
Birds are flying there.
Blue is everywhere.


Text: Linked to dVerse Poetics.  Lillian is hosting with four art works by Catrin Welz-Stein used with permission by the artist.  We may use one for this prompt.

Image: The image is called Sleeping Beauty’s Dream by Catrin Welz-Stein.

Murmuring Thoughts

If I murmur, talk or sing
Guard the magic with this ring.
Hold the thought and come what may
Let the sacred children play.
Understand but don’t read through.
Spirit will enlighten you.
Then forgive and what we’ve done
May be forgiven. Life’s begun.

Text: Linked to dVerse Quadrille hosted by De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) with the word “murmur”.  Because of the lines about forgiveness I am linking this to Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays.  I don’t know what this poem means.  It just murmured its way here.

Photos: “Icicles in the Sun”, above, and “More Icicles”, below, taken at noon on this relatively warm winter’s day.

More Icicles
More Icicles

The Look of Love

Winter locks the door on Spring
Frigid in the sack.
There’s snow and trees without their leaves.
Clean white suggests a lack
Unless it’s looking back.


Text: I am trying a variation of Japanese tanka that William N. Porter used to translate the The Hyakunin-isshu in 1909.  He used five iambic lines of 8-6-8-6-6 syllables with an end-rhyme on the shorter lines.  There should be a pivot of the meaning at the third line separating and then reconnecting the top and bottom two lines.

Photos: “Snow Capped”, above, “Love of Winter”, below, linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “the look of love”.

Love of Winter

Hands and Eyes

I hold you with an aging hand.
Winter let go fall.
Even sparrows understand.
It takes no time at all.
Eyes and hands recall.


Text: Linked to dVerse Open Link Night.  Kim is hosting.  I am aiming for brevity in this poem.  In particular I want to use no more than five lines.  I hope to present brevity as a challenge for next week’s Meeting the Bar.

Photos: “Snow and Shadow”, above, “Blooming Together”, below.

Blooming Together

One-Liner Wednesday

A human misunderstands a poem. A robot recites it with no understanding.


Linked to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

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