Red

When I do things my own way
My deeds stain red like blood.
Watchful mercy passes by
Avoiding me when I ask why
Justice flushes with a flood.

Repentance is another choice.
Is that what I see?
By giving up, by giving in,
By turning sharply from within
Mercy left a raft for me.

Linked to dVerse Poetics where SarahSouthWest is hosting with the theme of “red”.

Tulips

Now I Can See

Failures come. They clear the table,
Wipe the surface clean.
In the distance, true and stable,
Something new is seen.

What I thought could never be
Is now the only way I see.

Linked to dVerse Poetics where Mish is hosting with the theme based on a quote from the 17th century poet Mizuta Masahide: “Barn’s burnt down, now I can see the moon.”           

Also linked to dVerse Meeting the Bar. I am hosting with the theme of final couplets – any poem with a couplet at the end.

Flag in the Distance

Tercets

I don’t remember when I left that word.
It must have been upon some beach. My breath
oppresses. Were I silent like a bird

I might have flown securely on my way.
I left that word abandoning its sound
And hope the sand will keep its harm at bay.

Years ago it filled my heart. I sung,
But now I would forget what passed my lips
Repenting, if I may, to soothe my tongue.

Linked to dVerse Poetics where Laura Bloomsbury is hosting featuring tercets with specified rhyme words coming from Raymond Garlick’s poem “Welsh-Speaking Sea“.

Empty Beach White Wave

Taboo

Chaos out of order
Looking for some cake.
Virus comes with market crash
Beyond the cliff down to the splash 
Into the burning lake.

Order out of chaos
Victorious and true.
Beyond the tribulations find
Sanctity to shield your mind
With everything you do.

Linked to dVerse Poetics where Amaya is hosting with the theme “taboo”. I am not sure how the photos fit the theme but I hope the poem does.

Painted Wall

Apples

In fall I picked ripe apples;
In winter pruned them, too.
I drank hard cider, ate fresh fruit.
My dreams, thank God, did not take root
Like apple seedlings do.

Linked to dVerse Poetics where Anmol is hosting with the theme “apples”.

Apples

Impermanence

See how water tests the shore
Teasing its resistance,
Resistance to becoming more.
See how water tests the shore?
Be the change that you’re made for.
Change with fresh persistence.
Be like water. Test the shore.
Tease away resistance.

Linked to dVerse Poetics. Merril is hosting with the theme of impermanence.

Also linked to dVerse Meeting the Bar where I am hosting with the theme of the triolet poetry form.

Morning Water From the Shore

Poppies

Colorful when given light
Shadows turn away
Waking bravely from the night
Colorful when given light
Proof beyond the sense of sight
Like a rainbow’s sway
Colorful when given light
Shadows turn away

Linked to dVerse Poetics where Linda Lee Lyberg is hosting with the theme of “to be a flower”. I picked poppies at least that is what I think those brightly colored flowers are in the photos. The form of the poem is intended to be close to a triolet.

Not Winter
Not Winter