Tunnel mysteries. #Tankaprose

Shall I pen thoughts I cannot voice
Or shall I dream and let these nightmares haunt?
The open road is a wicked one
Whether black or yellow-bricked, the devils still prowl
The long dark tunnel is a coward’s bane
For many, brave and foolish, have perished within
Yet through that tunnel, my fantasy lies.

Winds of change
Must you always blow-
Fear with hope
Must you always come!
Can’t my soul find rest

Eugi’s weekly #notable

Were I to pen the thoughts I cannot voice
I’d write that outside that tunnel, the story never begins
The fearful will linger, and maybe even thrive
But the wistful scent of dreams, will forever waft from the other side
And while dreams are often sought, nightmares can always find us!

Snail on my window
Born of sea yet dead by salt
How cruel thy fate!
Am I the deer in headlights
To live and die by a dream…

Writephoto

Is it wise to be scared-
And is it foolish to be brave?
Shall I settle or seek?
Be grateful or ambitious?
Does the answer lie beyond that tunnel?

Whatdoyousee

Β© judeitakali.


Hey everyone. I’m glad to be here after a couple of weeks away. I’m hoping to have a fairly free December, so I can catch up with everyone and everything here.

I hope you enjoy this. Would be a pleasure to hear your thoughts on it.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

64 Comments Add yours

  1. Ingrid says:

    An intriguing and haunting tanka prose which poses some interesting questions!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Ingrid. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Brilliant as always …
    “Must you always….” Stirs up so much within me.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Ahh, thank you Reena. Glad to hear itπŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Tunnel mysteries….by Jude Itakali

    Liked by 2 people

  4. KL Caley says:

    Brilliant Jude. I love these lines, so thought-provoking. “Is it wise to be scared – And is it foolish to be brave?”
    Thank you for joining in with the #writephoto prompt – Deer at the Castle. KL ❀

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks Caley. Glad they stirred something. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ’œ

      Like

  5. Sadje says:

    A comprehensive inclusion of all the prompts in your musings. Thanks for including mine too. Good to have you back Jude.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Sadje. πŸ™πŸΎThe book is at Beta-reader stage now, so I can catch up now. In the future I’ll have better scheduling so I keep up to date.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Jude. All the best for the book.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. kittysverses says:

    This is a wonderful composition, Jude. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Glad to see you reading Kitty. Thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  7. A intriguing blends of all the prompts. Good to see you back Jude!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Radhika 🌷🀩

      Like

  8. Hiya Jude! Thank you for gracing us with your beautiful post. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hey Michaela. Thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ
      I’m glad you like it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. ☺️

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Jane Aguiar says:

    You came back with a lot of questions and brought an intriguing and haunting tanka. Glad to see you back.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Jane. Thank you, and yeah, I thought of something happier but I’ll get there soon now that I’ll be posting a bit more.

      Like

      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        My pleasure, Jude! I think publishing something is better than posting. You are on the right path.keep it up πŸ‘πŸ». I’ll be waiting for new postings of yours.

        Liked by 1 person

  10. LaDonna Remy says:

    These are beautifully penned. I love the paradox you’ve captured in them. It is true of this life. Happy December to you.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Remy. The difficulty of balance often sips into my posts.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. LaDonna Remy says:

        ❀❀

        Like

  11. HI Jude, your beautiful words are poignant and reflective of the reality of life.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hey Robbie. Thank you so much. 🌷

      Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks Eunice.

      Like

  12. Jaya Avendel says:

    Loving the imagery in this beautiful prosery! It is delightfully fluid.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Jaya. I really appreciate it. πŸ’œπŸŒ·

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Eugi says:

    Welcome back, Jude, and what a comeback! An intriguing and mind-stirring flow of beautiful words and an excellent take on the prompts. Thank you for including my prompt.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. I saw your prompt after writing and it felt right.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Eugi says:

        It was perfect!

        Liked by 1 person

  14. memadtwo says:

    Life is always a mixture of opposites. Your words always reflect well the conflicts that result. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. πŸ’œ

      Liked by 1 person

  15. tanvibytes says:

    Hello Jude, it’s great to read your post again! This poem is wonderful and a great comeback! I loved the poem, my favorite line was “But the wistful scent of dreams, will forever waft from the other side”. I took a few weeks away from blogging too, since I was busy with school. I’m really excited to blog during the holidays and catch up on everything I missed! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hey Tanvi. Such a pleasure to have you reading. Thank you for the appreciation and yes, cheers to a blog December. I’ll be passing by yours. πŸ™πŸΎπŸŒ·

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Wow, Jude, this is fabulous!! I found you in Mr. Linky… ignore my previous comment. So glad to see you back writing poetry. You’ve been missed! ❀

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Colleen. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re most welcome. ❀️

        Liked by 1 person

  17. My favorite line is
    “Winds of change
    Must you always blow-
    Fear with hope
    Must you always come!”Β 
    I love the way you play with words. You mentioned something about gratitude and ambition. To me, gratitude doesn’t indicate settling for less. Rather, it expands people.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for the appreciation. Yeah I agree with you, ‘It expands’.
      It’s also not taking things for granted.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Chris Hall says:

    That’s a clever combination of those prompts, Jude. Keep on dreaming, for therein we find our best ideas!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Chris. Ahh these dreams, damn them, and yet what would we do without them πŸ˜…

      Liked by 2 people

  19. willowdot21 says:

    This is absolutely amazing πŸ’œ

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Willow πŸ’œ

      Like

      1. willowdot21 says:

        A pleasure Jude.

        Liked by 1 person

  20. Suzanne says:

    You raise such interesting questions here. I like the one about being scared or brave. It’s hard to know which is the wisest choice these days. I find if I act brave people get hostile – they are all scared and being different frightens them – at least that it is how it is over here in southern Australia

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I think being different frightens most people. It is generally celebrated where I am though.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Suzanne says:

        That’s good! Where you are?

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        Uganda. East Africa. However it’s the right kind of different that’s celebrated. Divergence is still frowned upon, unfortunately. But that’s the future I think.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Suzanne says:

        I’ve never visited Africa. I’m glad there is personal freedom where you. These days attitudes are getting increasingly conformist here in Victoria, Australia.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. judeitakali says:

        Yeah there’s that even here. But if you branch out and succeed or are happy, no one faults you. I think Conforming should be guidelines, not rules

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Suzanne says:

        Good point. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Jemima Pett says:

    Very clever. I’m not sure I really enjoy these mixings of several prompts in one effort, but I admire the effort and the skill with which you delivered it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you. I don’t post often enough to touch all my favorite prompts individually all the time so when I can, I do combine.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. rahul says:

    wow! loved the use of “tunnel” in your poem. the comparison it draws is highly engaging. absolutely beautiful.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you very kindly. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s