Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #7

Micropoetry MonthTime for a Tanka, don’t you think. Always a massive challenge to get right, a tanka can be crafted in so many ways but I believe it works better if it says much more than the five lines allow and says it with subtlety, emotion and mindfulness.

Write your own tanka or any other kind of micropoetry and share it through comments or Mister Linky.

uneasy,
this monsoon sky
heaves inside my heart-
how can I hear his footsteps
in the pounding rain

This tanka takes me back to a poetweet (exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation) I wrote almost three years ago:

A mango tree
outside my window
has broken into song.
Hush, I warn,
gather your boughs,
rein in your leaves,
tonight he may whisper his love.

 

Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #6

Micropoetry MonthThree years ago I started writing Poetweets mainly because I wanted to tweet my poems. The name has been used before and afterwards to mean many things but to me poetweets were just 140 character long poems (including spaces and punctuation).

Seems like a good time to resurrect the form. Try a poetweet or any other form of micropoetry and share it via comments or Mister Linky.

(1)

who will come out
to defend this sun?

we who like the moon
for its folly
of transience?

how else
can we hope for love
on the darkest nights?

(2)

driving home
from the graveyard,
on roads that knew her
better than I did,
that let her find her own path,
that stayed,

unlike her daughter.

(3)

evolution
takes another step
towards
artificial intelligence,
the better human is a machine,

the perfect cat
and crow have already
been made.

 

#69

in a dark corridor,
feet skulk,
what shadow does love cast
in the uncertain light?
eyes rattle,
in the labyrinth of the mind,
a door opens, shuts.

 

Poetweet: Exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation.

#67

monsoon’s overture
punctuates wet asphalt,
the spray from rushing tyres
on stolen plastic shelters
decrypting poems
of the angst riven rain.

Poetweet: Exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation.

#66

so much depends on
the heft of your pause
between the end
of my silent question
and the ellipsis trailing
the soundless vector
of your gaze.

Poetweet: Exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation.

Linked to Real Toads where the inspiration is “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams

#65

memory,
like a stranger
nodding through the window
at a traffic light,
a half smile
travels along till the next turn-

all that’s left of us.

Poetweet: Exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation.

#64

Somewhere
in the dark,
the archive
of all that we denied
and feared
and let go
is slipping out of its old oilskin wrap.

Can you hear it too?

Poetweet: Exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation.