O – Opaque

Black and White Photography, Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015, NaPoWriMo, Tanka

Fog Descending on Hillside Road

Fog swallowed the road,
shrouding in opaque cerecloth
the only way out,
and the visitors panicked
while the locals visited.

 

Posted for the A-Z Challenge: O and NaPoWriMo
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

N – Not Since I Stepped Out My Door

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015, NaPoWriMo, Photographs, Poems

Fly on Green Leaf

I used to think beauty
as apart from me,
an exotic thing
only seen in magazines.
Not now. Not anymore.
Not since I stepped out my door
and really looked around.
Beauty abounds!
For even a common housefly
catches the eye
when sunning itself
on a luminous, green shelf.
So in the mirror I now gaze
with nary a nasty phrase
and wish for you the same:
beauty, claimed!

 

Posted for the A-Z Challenge: N and NaPoWriMo
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

L – Lost and Found

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015, NaPoWriMo, Poems

Field of Tulips

For years, I roamed,
chasing an unknown
to fill a mysterious hole
in my hungry soul
but when I stilled
and let the silence build,
I realized my mistake.
For goodness’s sake,
it was always there,
inside, and if I dared,
I would have seen
what’s always been:
fields of flowers
nurtured by manure.

 

**It sounds a little depressing at the end, but it’s meant to be the opposite – an example of life’s yin yang.**

Posted for the A-Z Challenge: L and NaPoWriMo
©2015 V. del Casal

K – Kindling

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015, NaPoWriMo, Poems

Kindling

Disappointments crunched underfoot,
paining the feet mightily,
so at first I feared the journey
with its sharp little switches
but later learned to repurpose,
and now at night, when the heat
dissipates into coolness,
a fiery blaze bellows
from kindling found
crushed on the ground.

 

Posted for the A-Z Challenge: K and NaPoWriMo
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

Home, Afloat Only in Memories

Black and White Photography, NaPoWriMo, Poems, Weekly Photo Challenge

View Along the PCH

I took for granted
this incredible vantage
until it was seen
only in dreams,
a monochrome
of my once colorful home,
so I zealously steep
this view inside – deep –
guarding against the day,
hopefully far enough away,
when only faded memories float by
like empty clouds in the sky.

 

Posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat and NaPoWriMo
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

J – Just Suppose

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Deserted Desert Road

Do you think
Shangri-la lies
beyond this empty stop?
March onwards and look!
Through deserts and jungles
during heat waves and rainstorms
despite the uncertainty,
for just suppose
it’s really there
and here you stayed, cowardly?
What’s ever certain, anyway,
besides night and day?

 

Posted for the A-Z Challenge: J and NaPoWriMo
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved

I – In the Jungle

A-Z Challenge, Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015, NaPoWriMo, Photographs, Poems

Iron Lion

In the jungle,
an iron lion roars,
benched
with a menagerie
of friends:
the monkey,
the giraffe,
and the elephant
way in the back.

Iron Elephant

 

A silly little poem inspired by a children’s patio bench and posted for the A-Z Challenge: I and NaPoWrimo.
©2015 V. del Casal All Rights Reserved