Haiku – "Oil"

This was written for TJ’s weekly haiku challenge. Check it out here! https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/tjs-household-haiku-challenge-oil/

I struggled with the prompt word this week, to be honest. I tried to write something on “black gold”, but it just felt trite, and I’ve never been one for oil of any type on a salad. I then remembered a management buzz phrase about doing things more efficiently, and came up with this effort…

A creaky door hinge,
Or a mouse frying some chips?
Get grease to the squeak!


Haiku Challenge – "Tide" & "Flesh"

These are my contributions for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge – check it out here: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-64-tide-flesh/

The first is based on the closing scene from my short story, Adam. It’s not your usual zombie tale… https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/adam-short-story/

Necrotic zombie
Washed ashore by blood-red tide
Seeking redemption

Now, and entirely unrelated to this one, imagine you’re playing happily in the sea off Amity Beach. In the distance, some very familiar bass notes can be heard… duh DUN… duh DUN…

Triangle of flesh
Rising up above the tide.
Time to clear the beach!


Haiku – "Pressure"

There are no less than 5 prompt words (pressure – diverse – fragrance – clarity – shock) for this weekly challenge – http://thesecretkeeper.net/2015/09/21/writing-prompt-3/ – I wanted to see if I could use them all in a single haiku. What do you think?

“No pressure,” she lied.
Diverse fragrances shock, awe.
Clarity unfurls.


Madeleine (poem)

Crowding at the bar
The pressure of others.

Nose twitches.

That fragrance in the air,
That diverse, spicy blend

A momentary shock
Dropping under dark water

I’m back there
In that place

With you

Clarity undimmed by time
Regret magnified

This was written for Secret Keeper’s weekly prompt, using the words – pressure – diverse – fragrance – clarity – shock http://thesecretkeeper.net/2015/09/21/writing-prompt-3/


Haiku – "Noise" & "Stag"

This is my contribution for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge – a three-part haiku flash fiction.

Note – in the UK, we refer to the bridegroom’s pre-wedding “celebrations” as a stag night/ party/ weekend/ do. The groom is called the stag.

My stag weekend took place in Brighton, on the same weekend as Gay Pride. I wasn’t the only naked man on the beach at the end of that night, but I was the only one who was solo… (My friends had ritually de-bagged me and thrown me in the sea. I had to beg for them to at least leave my shoes – those pebbles were rough!) Happy days…

Anyway, for the avoidance of all doubt, this is entirely fictional.

Raucous stag party
Celebrates male bonding
Most unpleasantly

Stag wakes in hotel.
Sick with shame, reeking of her.
Slightest noise resounds

Wedding day tears.
Apologies are white noise
For stag night mistakes

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Haiku – "After"

Here are my contributions for the haiku horizons weekly challenge, based around the prompt word “after”. Check out the other entries here: https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/haiku-horizons-prompt-after/

After the Great Flood,
Who’ll lead us back onto land
And reclaim the Earth?

A love so perfect,
Complete, and soul-nourishing,
There was no “after”

The previous prompt was “before”. I wrote the next one to tie in with last week’s (https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/before-haiku/)

We lie to ourselves
No “happy ever after”
While tied to before


Haiku – "Scales"

Three haiku for TJ’s weekly challenge, trying different takes on “scales” – check out the other entries here! https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/tims-household-haiku-challenge-scales/

Scales fall from eyes.
I see your inner beauty,
Beguiling smile

Scales of justice,
Finely balanced by the truth,
Or so the judge says

Old bathroom scales
Tell me such delicious lies.
Time for some seconds!