Memories in a box #haiku #photography


grave

All that remained

she lived in another time

memories in a box

*

memories in a box

one night set free

no holding back ghosts

reminders not needed

the world could see

The prompt at Verse First (hosted by Kim Nelson) is Ghosts, Spirits, Scares. I hope you feel the presence of a ghost  in my verse today.

We were instructed to write in 31 words or 31 lines in honor of October 31st. I chose using the haiku and tanka to write 31 lines.

Tanka:  is written by one poet and not by two (as is the echo form of the Tan Renga) the syllables count is: 5-7-5-7-7

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22 thoughts on “Memories in a box #haiku #photography

      1. It would have been great to meet you in person at Seabeck, Carolyn. Maybe next year.It’s true that Seabeck atarctts a bunch of high-power haiku poets. Some of them write amazing poems at the event itself, which generally makes me feel pretty lame. My haiku usually require many looks and edits before they come together days or weeks later. But all kinds of poets go to Seabeck. On Friday I sat beside a woman who had never written haiku before she had come with a friend who wrote haiku. Glad you enjoyed Roots and Blooms. I’m saving my report on Autumn Light for the next regular Lectio posting, because I want to use quotes and poems from the retreat in that posting. Coming soon (I hope!).

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  1. Made me wonder about all the boxes filled with memories that end being tossed by family members who wonder why this ‘stuff’ was kept in the first place…just a random thought while reading your fine poem and having coffee. 🙂

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    1. This is a funny take on how our September and early October is feeling. Summer came so late, I was livong how it stretched into fall. But now I’m ready for the rains to come and where are they? Makes me think of years past, when the first real autumn rain fell and I felt a sense of relief and renewal. Usually that feeling was a surprise, but this year I’m aware and waiting for it like those books.You might work on the first two lines so they flow together, to make one break after the second line. That gives the third line more emphasis. I tried flipping them something like this:needing to be readthe books are readyWhere is the rain?

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