The Price of War #haibun

Colleen’s weekly challenge Hope wonders alone A tiny speck overlooked Innocence besieged She trudges along shores of despondency Across a skyline of death and destruction Where atrocious bombs fall like hail amidst the pelting rain of bullets And the waters lap at her feet, stained red with the blood of her kin She clings onto…

Man Vs Nature #haibun

Colleen’s challenge photo prompt Spy in the thickets camouflaged behind that lens incessant voyeur filming death’s emissary Upclose, flirting with danger Wildlife extraordinaire, Balaji Malliswamy, pit his revered arsenal of filming skills against the apex predator of the deep. Hiding in the vicinity of the mother gator’s burrow, surveilling her every move. But unbeknownst to…

Starlight #haibun #poetry

Starlight sparkles brightest on the darkest of nights For beauty is in all things, in the most unlikely of places Within the epicenter of every soul lies an oasis awaiting its bloom Quintessence of souls Life’s scars shroud you in darkness Shelter or prison Trauma thickens foliage all round enclosing the soul in shields of…

Fantasy #haikai (poetry and prose)

Colleen’s weekly challenge : Haibun Fantasy. The breeze-less flutter of her floral dress enchants me. It’s woven in magical efflorescent silks from the Northern spiders. She shimmers before me as twittering birds flock to her beauty, serenading the air with accoustic wonders. In my dreams she’s always there but never mine. A concubine of fantasy,…

Cravings and longings (collaboration post)

Aishwarya of kittyverses and I teamed up to write this collaborated post. I really enjoy her blog and I’m lucky to be writing with her. Please check out her blog here I hope you enjoy this post. Kitty, as I call her did the poetry in bold italics and I the prose in normal case,…

Witness ( #haibun poetry )

Colleen’s Challenge Night sky of wonder strewn with delights and desires birthing endless stars Orion flexes a dazzling display to woo an aloof and shimmering Cassiopeia, bathing the dark sky in a sintilating sparkle of beauty. But none of it trickles onto the mundane earth below Down beneath that gorgeous night-sky, an eerie squeal pierces…

The Wishing Bridge

gentle searching breeze tasting this and tasting that looking to belong I grant one wish, – only your truest desire you must unsheathe, – or else my wrath I will unleash What is your heart’s deepest desire? where does the soul go when you despair ensnared within your darkest depression or when you rejoice exalted…

A Bitter Surprise (haibun poetry and prose)

it all started but moments ago i was wrenched from the thralls of a blissful dream and dumped in the bitter dregs of reality I can almost taste the sweetness of fantasy turn sour as this living nightmare manifests A scream! shreds through the night air ripping the silence apart and piercing deep into my…

Perfect love (A haibun)

colleen’s tanka tuesday, poet’s choice; slow wondering breeze lacing desire in your touch fluttering with dreams He hears the call of love, akin to its inflections of hope as it whispers, immune to intonations of conspiracy in its song, deaf to the risk of treachery in its beat. amorous lover loving too much, quick to…