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Time #ethree #doubleethree

The Insistance of Time

Dawn!
A start
So much hope!
The day unfolds
Now we have our chance
The future lies ahead
With a smile we move forward
Knowing we have time to achieve
No worries since we are at the start
Fulfill our dreams in that infinite day
We have used up too much time already!
What, it can’t be past noon already….
We must hurry and finish up
Those grains of sand drain away
The clock devours the day
Where does the time go?
We just started!
No more time
Evening
Dusk

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Begining” and “Consume” This week I decided to do an  ethree, well, actually a double ethree.

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Path

Doing the Time Warp?

Do we leave a trail
Through the time behind?
Is there a silver path
flowing back
A slug on the window
Of time?
Are there still shadows
Left in my wake
Dead leaves piled
In history?
Can I look back
See me displaced
Over and over
From now to my beginning?
Can I see your trail too?
Where the paths met
Are they still merged?
Is there a rift
Where they diverged?
Why did they split
Will they rejoin?
Do we leave a trail
To time ahead
Pushing out
Into the future?

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In some ways this is part of the set with my recent poems The Film, Shadow Games and, to a lesser extent, The Poet.

Terrible Poetry ;) – The Agent

Last week I participated in Chelsea Owens’ Terrible Poetry Contest.  I typically use the comment section on the contest page to post the poem, since I don’t want to subject people to “terrible” if they don’t want it, but I did have have some suggestions (like Violet Lentz) that I post this one – Some of you out there may know exactly where this is coming from ;)

The challenge in last week’s Terrible Poetry Contest was to write a parody of a famous poem.  I chose Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”…. Continue reading

Decisions – #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

No map in hand
No lay of the land
The way forward is blocked

I thought I knew
How the future grew
The truth leaves me shocked

I can go right
No changes in sight
Into a future most locked

Or left for me
A path hard to see
In the fog it is socked

Easy, if plain
Or to rewards, with some pain
Either way seems pocked

So it is decision time
To go on without rhyme
To choose my path across the trackless sand

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The Film, #haibun #etheree #doubleetheree

Through the portal

The Film

I look into a rose-tint fog and smile at the dancing shadows. A thin, transparent barrier divides me from this place.  I imagine that I step through this wall of celluloid and find you still there, just as you were.  I reach out, but grab only mist.  You aren’t really here, are you?  And neither am I, really.  Is it real, or was it at one time?  Perhaps that color I see has tainted all. The curtain comes down.

Lights
Camera
Memory
Can it be real?
Was it really me?
And was it really you?
In the movie, you loved me
Your eyes glistened in the close-up
The story unfolded on the screen
Your presence stole every scene you were in
That movie played out in a different world
I memorized the script and action
Or that is how it seemed
Was it a work of fiction
A script written by me
Played out in my mind?
Did you love me?
Memory
The past

Dream

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In ways this is part 2 of last week’s poem.

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Film” (yes, the title) and “Remembered” This week I decided to do a haibun with a double etheree.

Shadow Games #tanka #haibun

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Shadow Games

I am going along, getting on with my life.  I hear a voice, stop and look, You are having fun with your favorite diversion, or so it seems.  You behave like you’re in a show, but are acting only for yourself, for you do not see me here.  And then it hits me, and I have to wonder, do I really see you?

I see your shadow
Absorbed into your pastime
I want to join in
I’m not really part of it
I’m on the outside, looking in

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Hobby” and “Play” This week I decided to do a haibun with a tanka.

Return of Warmth – #tanka #haibun

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I turn on the radio and a sappy song comes out, reminding us of the old sayings about the time of year being the time of love. I hum along, but I’m not convinced.  I think of you and the emotion gushes out.  No, it isn’t the new green leaves that do it, it is that special smile.

The voice purrs the song
The season of renewal
Our thoughts turn to love
My heart leaps, croons not for May
The well overflows for you

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The Poet – #Ethree #Doubleethree

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The Poet

Stop
Listen
I hear you
Baring your soul
Exposed to the world
Telling deepest secrets
Does anybody hear you
Take time to cipher out the words
Unravel your innermost puzzle
Learn the intimate secrets of your mind?
I think there is more there than people see
I pull back the multilayered words
Unravel the deep mystery
I accepted the challenge
I took the time to look
Found the lost meaning
And I found you
In plain sight
Poet
You

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were the poet’s (me ;) ) choice, so I chose “Enigma” and “Poem” This week I decided to do an  ethree, well, actually a double ethree.

Back to the Source – #tanka #haibun

I sit, pen in hand, and stare into the distance. The spring has gone dry and the words have failed to flow. But then an image comes to me. Your image.  There was a time when poems sprang to the page motivated by your eyes and your smile. Can I once more dip in that well, go back to the root and create something new? I lift my pen to the paper and note down a few dragging words.

I pen you a verse
Like one at the beginning
When it was still fresh
Inspired by a thought of you
Source of many silly scrawls

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week  the key words were “Origin” and “Write” This week I decided to do a  haibun using a tanka as the poem part.

I have missed the last two challenges.  For some reason I just wasn’t inspired and nothing came to mind.

Life #haiku

Osprey and fish - close up

Fish in the river
Swimming along with the flow
Doesn’t see the bird

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week we were free to choose keywords and the key words I chose were “Water” and “Current” This week I decided to do a  haiku, and though that rhymes, the haiku doesn’t ;).

(Last week’s poem was called “Life ;)”, but this is the other side of Life…)