For want of spices, sailors sailed across the seas to lands unknown braving squalls and mutinies searching for peppers, cloves, and cinnamon only to find their precious spice owned by ‘savage’ tribes – once free, then no more. No more bland food for the conqueror.     ~~~~~~~~~~~ Mish asks the DVerse Poets’ Pub patronsContinue reading “FOR WANT OF SPICES (A Quadrille)”

BECAUSE … (A Haibun)

“Vanity of vanity. All is vanity,” so says the prophet Qohelet in the Book of Ecclesiastes about  life. It does seem like life is all about chasing the wind. There are days when, saddled with the routine of everyday, I find myself engrossed in an internal conversation about existence. How do I reconcile the repetitiveContinue reading “BECAUSE … (A Haibun)”


Old Queen Anne is closing her doors ball season is almost over Her tutu of faded flowers Sheds petals whenever she twirls The meadow wears a sombre hue Old Queen Anne is closing her doors Pouting at an insistent bee slurping the last bits of nectar. How the reeds pipe a mournful air For guestsContinue reading “END OF SUMMER”

WORDS (A Retourne for Jill’s September Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry)

Words, once set free, blend in the wind breathing a timeless existence; Some grow wings to fly to heaven They ask gifts for the gentle tongue Breathing a timeless existence, words illuminate our soul Memories do falter in time consequences of words live on.   ************************ When I was thinking of a challenge to postContinue reading “WORDS (A Retourne for Jill’s September Casting Bricks Collaborative Poetry)”

CATERPILLAR (Tanka for WPC: Waiting)

Waiting for how long a caterpillar endures darkness of cocoon holding on to the promise imprinted in its essence Magic in due time rewards the patient labor Metamorphosis reveals the inner grandeur honoring humility WPC:  Waiting  


Still I wait For magic to come Knowing not What it is I wonder if it has passed. Was I blind? Dappled light Filters through the leaves Shimmering Long shadows Stretch the trees, shorten the days. Isn’t that magic? Wind carries The song of laughter Echoing Counterpoint To the disquiet within. It falls on deafContinue reading “LOOKING FOR MAGIC”

BLISS (A Quadrille)

There is bliss in the little things of everyday In the unbroken rhythm of sunsets and sunrises of heartbeats and breath. My heart lifts with the sigh of a tranquil sea. I close my eyes and savor the warmth your hands give to mine. It is quadrille Monday at DVerse and Bjorn invites us toContinue reading “BLISS (A Quadrille)”


a butterfly cavorting in endless summers a deer drinking spring waters soon sprinting away from danger a worm ever struggling in darkness I am in this dream my exile holding on to hope – I will   awake at the appointed hour and  live   eternal life. It is Quadrille Monday in Dverse Poets’ PubContinue reading “MY DREAM”

LOSS (for Jilly’s Half-a-poem challenge and WPC: Elemental)

Moon, lost in orbit looking for its sun, I am a gaping silence devouring your memory an altar of your absence   I am participating in Jilly’s Half-a-poem Challenge by writing the first part of a Somonka.   A somonka is a type of Japanese poetry framed in two tankas. It has love as theContinue reading “LOSS (for Jilly’s Half-a-poem challenge and WPC: Elemental)”


No sad sighs, no footfalls stir the silence of their resting place tucked in a forest, in the shade of sheltering evergreens. Their weathered tombstones lean under the stress of remembering through the passing years the memories carved on their moss-stained faces. For them, no one’s been left to shed some tears or be movedContinue reading “FORGOTTEN”