The Orionids

For Quadrile Prompt at dVerse. the prompted word is “early”. What is a quadrille? A form unique to dVerse Poets Pub consisting of a poem (any form) of exactly 44 words, sans title, and the prompted word.  the Orionids is a meteor shower that always comes in October.  The “falling stars” are grains of sand from Halley’s Comet.  The sand burns when it hits Earth’s atomosphere

The Orionids
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

The moon is bright tonight
almost hiding the rain of meteor showers.
early, 3:00 a.m.- I gaze upwards
wishing for moonglasses
to better see.
In the ocean of night waves
crash on the shore of earth
leaving on its sands
memories of long ago fire

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The Kittens

For Sanaa’s Get Listed at Real Toads. The four words I chose were lucid, touch, sleep, gravel. This is also being posted on dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night.

The Kittens
it was a clear and chilly morning.
The gravel crunched beneath my feet
as I walked back from getting our newspaper
from the foot of the drive.
The chill snatched the sleep from my eyes
and the frost sparkled on the grass.
The morning was like a lucid dream
and I bent down to touch a blade of grass –
the frost melting beneath my fingers.
I put the paper on top of some boxes in our garage.
Something caught my eye.
I looked behind the boxes and saw a nest of newborn kittens,
huddled close and tight for warmth
And then I noticed the maggots
crawling on their beautiful fur.
My mind warp sped to the body of a cat
I had seen in the road a few days earlier.
The kittens were stiff in death –
Orange, tabby, black, and calico
all together in a nest of death.
I began to weep in grief.
The morning turned to nightmare
as I grabbed a shovel and walked
to the edge of the woods to bury them.
When I was through
I sat on the back steps and thought
of how the death of wild kittens
could hurt so damn much.

dVerse Poets Pub: OLN

Today for OLN at dVerse Poets Pub….http://dversepoets.com/2016/10/06/open-link-night-181/

The Last Crape Myrtle Bloom
Second week of October –
Last week was cool.
this week it is hot again.
the trees and grass are still green.
The crape myrtle has dropped all its leaves
one bloom holds on –
persistent under a lowering sky.
Matthew is scouring the east coast
ripping away homes and lives
two hours inland it is ghostly still and quiet
hot humid grey – perfect hurricane weather
The last crape myrtle bloom of summer
Holds on persistent under a lowering sky

copyright kanzensakura

copyright kanzensakura

Dawn Moon – October 31

Perfect pearl set in
Dawn clouds. Golden chains hold and
display pure white round.

Night sky fades. Only
the pearl moon is left from the
strand of diamonds.

Aqua chiffon sky
behind Akoya moon. Pink
scarf flutters, undulates.

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