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.

Categories: Prose

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58 replies

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

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  2. Beautifully dark .. aesthetic

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  3. 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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  4. Luv this moon sequence with the consciousness of the divine entwined

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  5. Luv this moon sequence with the consciousness of the divine entwined


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

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

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    • 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. ❤ ❤


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

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

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  12. kaykuala

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


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

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

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  15. This is really beautiful and haunting Lucy!

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

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

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

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

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  21. 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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  22. Another amazing selection of words!

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