About Rhen Laird

Sometime poet/fiction writer (unfinished novel begun during NaNoWriMo 2019). Collector of quotations, Bible scriptures. Senior-recluse dwelling mostly in Lazulitopia by the Sea... (externally, in Pacific NW, USA). New fave author, Fredrik Backman.

Dropped Shoe Rescue

Invented Poetry Forms – The American Sentence

PAUL SZLOSEK :  “Today’s post is on the American Sentence, a poetry form invented by the American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the mid-1980’s as a twist on traditional haiku. Like haiku, American Sentences consist of 17 syllables, but instead of being arranged into three lines, they are written as a single line or sentence. They also may or may not have a title.”

One leg over railing, intent to leap; despair distracting, dropped shoe.

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The Blush

Eugi's Weekly Prompt – Blush – February 17, 2020

“You smell like honey”…

She blushed first time he kissed her

He tasted of salt

Warm sea air embracing him…

“Like honey”, he repeated

Again he kissed her…

Her arms twined o’er his shoulders

The blush rose hotter ~

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Returning Cold

#Haikai Challenge #126 (2/15/20): returning cold (saekaeru) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Image: Pexels


Precip not to blame

Returning cold rattles door

Memories shiver

In February sunshine

Heart shards glint amid puddle

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Picture Frame Mystery

Prompt ~ http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit/

Brilliant mirrored frame displays

Broken cup of mysteries

Shards green with verdigris

What do I see…is the cracked

Saucer full of ghosts, or ashes

Reflected, merely smoke

Is that girl my sister, or was it me

Ask Brother, the man who must

Know, cursed keeper of myths

Photographed fantasy, ‘mid attic

Filled with fractured antiques…

Child’s blurred life, in sepia

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