Shadows of the Night – Chained Tanka – November 26, 2015


Shadows of the Night

shadows in the night
elongated – nameless
black wraiths walking
from alley to square – aware
of nothing but lamp lights

and the dampness
filters through the ancient walls
entering old bones
glancing through dirty windows
the city reverberates

dust and darkness
in an old city square – lost
a homeless kitten
ignored by passersby
but so are homeless people

black wraiths walking
nameless – elongated
shadows of the night
seeming – hidden as day breaks
yes – inside angry men’s hearts.

© G.s.k. ‘15

Image Credits:  Nelson L “shadows will always follow us” CC BY 2.0

Photo Challenge # 88 November 24, 2015

Carpe Diem’s Like A Pebble #1 – August 1, 2015

  The chaos of the night in a big city, glaring lights and the throb of traffic.  Like in the over-populated scenes of “Blade Runner” a world where humanity sits in a world gone critical in the aftermath of industrialization.  Passion in desperation for life is always passionate unless depressed.  Confusion.

thrumming softly
heart-beat of the city
this sleepless night
traffic like restless leaves swoosh
past my open window

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem’s Like A Pebble #1, a new feature

If I understood the post correctly, we are to write the impressions we receive from the photo prompt and from these impressions write a new haiku or tanka.  An interesting new approach introduced by Chèvrefeuille in this new feature … Like a Pebble.

Thursday Poetry Prompt#1 : Dream Rondeau

dark alley

The new series of poetry prompts from We Drink Because We are Poets has been published!!  This is for the Thursday Edition, dead line Monday midnight.  This is what we should try to do:  “A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short – a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).”  And the subject you ask?  It’s this:  Write a poem based on a dream you had. Try to reproduce the sensations of the dream. 

My Dream Rondeau

I walk alone in a city I have never known,
Though recognition over the years has grown
Over  time as oneiric vision comes to visit me
The lights,sounds and alleyways I smile to see
And I feel delight in every single cobblestone.

You wish to travel to this twilight zone,
But your trip you must postpone,
For my dear friend, this is not to be,
I walk alone…

‘It’s not for all to own a city homegrown,
Here am I, the Queen upon her throne…
Where never I need a lock or key,
And no bombs create sad debris…
This wonderland is my very own,
I walk alone.

Other Participants have a look!

Thursday Poetry Prompt #1 – Brutal Embrace by Lilith Colbert

As I Drift Off by Shainbird

Stain: a Rondeau