earth’s red.

in a ghost

of the moon; archaic

dreams cross the ocean;

idled mind

the hawthorn spume

and Earth’s red

moon, estranged

to the headstone

fare to ash-heaps

and dissociation

down the bones

of beanstalk

and the ghost,

the moon,

reddened mirrors

of ourselves

to feet of God,

light lies

to paralyze

the Earth,

an insect death;

death does ourselves

to the green

of the sea

I echo,

to the sea

that cannot hear;

sunsets dying

possess us both

fall to drown & drown.

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Written for the dVerse prompt: Write a haiku sequence on any theme that you like. Use a minimum of three haiku.


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  58 comments for “earth’s red.

  1. July 30, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    The repetition of red and moon sounds ominous to me, another nightmare?

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  2. July 30, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Amazing post. Beautifully written.

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  3. July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Beautifully dark .. aesthetic

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  4. July 30, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    The image of a dramatic red color stands out for me. I specially love the last 2 sequence, the slow dying,falling and drowning. Love your work Lucy!

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    • July 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      I’m so glad. 💕 Thank you so much, Grace. You’re too kind.

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  5. Gillena Cox
    July 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Luv this moon sequence with the consciousness of the divine entwined

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  6. Gillena Cox
    July 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Luv this moon sequence with the consciousness of the divine entwined

    Much💖love

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    • July 30, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much. 💗

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  7. Glenn A. Buttkus
    July 30, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Ten haiku, brave and prolific, you paint a picture splashed with reds (my favorite color), that deals with nature, rocks the prompt, and impresses us all with your words; nice job.

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    • July 30, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Glenn, for your support and kindness. ☺️

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  8. July 30, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    As brilliant a poem in its own right, as well as an exquisite haiku sequence! Brava, Lucy! Brava!

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  9. Beverly Crawford
    July 30, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Somehow this poem left me feeling there’s a secret club and I’ve forgotten my membership password!

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    • July 30, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      You forgot your membership password, Beverly? For shame!

      I merely jest. I’m happy to know the effect my poem had on you. Thank you for reading it and for your kind words. ❤ ❤

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  10. July 30, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I like all the red–moon, earth, sunset. And it makes me think of how it looks like the sun might drown in the water at sunset.

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    • July 30, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      That’s exactly what I had in mind for the imagery. Thank you for reading my piece! 😀

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  11. July 30, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Your opening stanza threw my imagination into dep dark waters,… and these powerful images ae mirrored throughout the poem…

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    • July 30, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Ivor. 😊

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  12. July 30, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Red dark stuff popping up everywhere 😂 I love it! ❤🔥

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  13. July 30, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    kaykuala

    A slow dance gyrating at a leisurely pace to slowly strike a dying stance at the end. A beautiful sequence Lucy, Ma’am!

    Hank

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    • July 30, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      Aww, thank you Hank. I really appreciate the thoughtful insight. You’ve made my day with your kind comment, thank you. ❤

      Like

  14. July 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Really loved the lines, i echo to the sea that cannot hear. Amazing writing lucy. 😇

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  15. July 30, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Is the sunset’s dying at the end and the drowning drowning… a falling into a deep sleeping dream?

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    • July 30, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      It all really depends on how you look at it. 😀

      With my interpretation, I signify the ending of the day with the sunset dying and drowning into the ocean. It can also be about death.

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  16. July 31, 2020 at 1:01 am

    This is really beautiful and haunting Lucy!

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  17. July 31, 2020 at 2:40 am

    I think you push the haiku to its absolute limit here. Dark and strange, indeed. .

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  18. July 31, 2020 at 3:26 am

    So dreamlike, Lucy, almost nightmarish with the ‘moon, estranged to the headstone’, ‘bones of beanstalk’, and references to death. The recurring red is a stunning thread. I love these ambiguous lines:

    ‘I echo,
    to the sea
    that cannot hear;

    sunsets dying
    possess us both
    fall to drown & drown’ –

    is it still part of the dream, a longing for the sea, or is it a subconscious longing for an end to something, a relationship, a situation, or life itself?

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    • July 31, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you for the thoughts. I tend to gravitate towards darker imagery, and I am so glad you liked those lines as well. ❤

      I would say those lines are part of a longing to the sea to become one, while at the same time, hoping for an end of a situation or feeling.

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  19. mariamichaela
    July 31, 2020 at 4:47 am

    I can imagine a cloudless night and the moon glowing bright. Awesome scenery

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  20. July 31, 2020 at 9:18 am

    “The hawthorn spume” That has to be one of the best images I’ve seen. Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 31, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Oh, wow. Thank you so much, Regan.

      Like

  21. July 31, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    It feels ominous to me as well. A place of in-between. (K)

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    • July 31, 2020 at 12:44 pm

      Great thoughts, definitely an in-between here in the theme. ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  22. August 1, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I love these haiku! You invoke many images and themes. I feel a sense of foreboding from your words… like, take heed before its too late! ❤

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  23. August 2, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Another amazing selection of words!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 2, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you so very much!

      Like

  24. October 3, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    GREAT STUFF !

    Liked by 1 person

  25. October 3, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

    LUCY S OEM GOES DEEP WITH AN ECONOY OF WORDS

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