Published in Stardust Haiku (December 2018 issue)

Happy to be in this month’s issue of Stardust Haiku:

winter night
two horned owls knit
a love song

 

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Beneath #writephoto

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Everyone’s afraid of the lake. It’s a beautiful lake. You can see the whole world reflected in it. But I guess that’s what they don’t like about it. They see things they don’t think should be there.

There’s the old woman who used to sell trinkets along the promenade. They often see her face watching them from beneath the reeds. But she never tries to hurt anyone. She just likes to watch and watch, with those large absinthe eyes.

Then there’s the kitten with the bite wound to its neck. He’s the one who scares the younger children. He’s always scrabbling to get to the top, pawing at the surface he can’t break. He gets so excited when he sees people. He still loves to play.

I was afraid of the lake too. I didn’t want to go that day, but Max was going to ask me to the prom, I could see it in his eyes, and I already had my little pink dress ready.

But Max wasn’t himself that afternoon. He was as still as the lake’s surface, and colder. Really, I hadn’t thought going to the ice cream parlour with Robbie was a big deal. We were just friends after all. But Max didn’t see it that way. We had a terrible fight. I thought I’d never forget the rage on his face as his hands tightened around my throat.

But that’s all a bad dream now. I still want what I wanted before. I want to go to the prom in my little pink dress. I want to feel like a fairy princess. And I want Max to hold my hand – not the Max from my nightmare, but the old Max, my Max. That was the promise life made to me. And promises are made to be kept.

The people above the surface are afraid of us. There’s really no reason to be. We’re not the other. We’re just like them. It just wasn’t our time to go.

 

(Image courtesy of Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo)

Written for Sue Vincent’s Writephoto prompt: Beneath

 

12 – 7 – Featured Haiku Writer

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into the future –

a desert of broken jade

where our palace stood

© Isabel Caves 2018

Here is the fifth haiku from our Featured Haiku Writer – Isabel Caves. There is so much magic in the world around us. Isabel loves sharing this magic through her nature and wildlife photography. Discover more at Isabel Caves.

We started the week with a memory and end it with a glimpse of the future …

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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12 – 6 – Featured Haiku Writer

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the wormhole closes …

now an ochre city of

opal-studded sand

© Isabel Caves 2018

Here is the fourth haiku from our Featured Haiku Writer – Isabel Caves. Isabel loves writing haiku, lots of haiku! She likes to play around with different styles of short poetry. Sometimes a little magic creeps in too … Discover more at Isabel Caves.

I liked the action of the portal closing and revealing the writer’s new destination.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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12 – 5 – Featured Haiku Writer

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fantasy novel –

a vault of hissing green orbs

inside the first page

© Isabel Caves 2018

Here is the third haiku from our Featured Haiku Writer – Isabel Caves. Isabel loves fantasy and all things magic as well as ghost stories and science fiction. Her mind is always cooking up new stories and she hopes her readers enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them! Find out more at Isabel Caves.

This caught my attention because of the audible and visual image.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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12 – 4 – Featured Haiku Writer

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on the other side –

sparks of cerulean blue

crackle in the breeze

© Isabel Caves 2018

Here is the second haiku from our Featured Haiku Writer – Isabel Caves. Isabel is the author of Strange Beings and uses her blog at Isabel Caves as an outlet for her creativity which expresses itself in photographs, stories and poetry.

This haiku stood out because it tells of what is on the other side of the portal, I imagined the portal to be at the writer’s back.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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12 – 3 – Featured Haiku Writer

Honoured to be the featured haiku writer at Pure Haiku this week. Many thanks to editor Freya Pickard for selecting my work 🙂

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touch of plum blossom –

returned to a memory

of a soft pink spring

© Isabel Caves 2018

Here is the first haiku from our Featured Haiku Writer – Isabel Caves. Isabel is a poet and fiction writer who loves to share all the weird and wonderful things that tumble from her mind. Read more of her creativity at Isabel’s Blog.

This gentle, almost soft haiku stood out to me from the first read through. I like the way memory acts as a portal.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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