Whispers of a wicked moon Coldly slithering in my ear Another dark, restless night Closes on a frightful year Carrying in its bosom Remnants and nightmares Of strangest days gone by Apparitions looming large Filling us up with dread Of this virus-laden decade
My dreams serenade The ghostly guard In the vanishing distance Darkness emerges From behind auburn veils Of a lonely sunset; Lovers of the night Twist and slither In serpentine glee; I wake up flushed Burning from nightmares Crawling on my cold skin.
Coiled within a serpentine fear Slowly coming to life Powered by venomous anxiety Poised to strike Restless under my clammy skin I lament the loss Of kindness, integrity, liberty In this dark strife That has led our worlds astray With poisoned words
It is a grand wrap for 2021, with 6 of my poems part of this beautiful anthology of poetry and flash fiction – FromOneLine (Vol.2).
Writing in a few words and within limited characters is a great mental challenge. When you have to create using only the provided first-line prompt, it becomes all the more interesting for the writer.
This anthology brings together myriad perspectives and creativity to these first-line prompts. A perfect Christmas gift with a colorful cover and an accompanying bookmark, with talent overflowing through its pages. The second FromOneLine Anthology has been published as an A5 paperback book. It features 41 prompt lines, 113 authors and 457 poems, and flash fiction.
There is a sweetness In the bronzed days It is Nature’s scent In honey-tinted tresses Auburn sprinkle of cinnamon Ginger, molasses of her skin She treads on truant sunrays With crunch of dry oak leaves And golden whispers of seasons Caresses me with faint touches Of an orange autumnal breeze