#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

June 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a solstice. What is the era and setting? Use the solstice as a celebration, metaphor, or talking point. Go where the prompt leads!

June 18: Flash Fiction Challenge

To call them stones
As if you could skip one across the pond
Is to belittle their majesty
I stand in front of them
Waiting for the sunrise
Wishing I could walk back
Through a living moment of history
To see the stars, fly by
To see the sunset and rise over it again
Until I reach the moment when
Salisbury Plain was just that, plain
To watch the first hole being dug
The upright slip into place
On around the circle like a child’s game
Of ring a ring-o’roses
I feel my heart beat with the rising sun…

© Anita Dawes 2021

MLMM ~ Wordle #245

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

The lace caress in the hollow of her neck

I felt the shimmer of

something bad rush down my spine

The blue of her eyes, intense, hypnotic

My heart muscle became limp

I feared a spell had been put upon me

Never have I felt so helpless

Standing in the queue at Tesco’s

Dropping my shopping

as she passed it through the barcode

My hands meander blindly over my items

I couldn’t stow them away quick enough

With a final flourish I left the store

A cold feeling followed me to my car

I knew this would not be the last time I would see her

At the same time, my mind was telling me

Next week, shop in Morrisons

Something wasn’t right about that young lady…

© Anita Dawes 2021

MLMM ~ Photo Challenge #370 ~ #Poetry

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Pexels.com

They told me meditation would be good for me
Now look at the state of me
I’m green, in a weird alternate reality
I would rather have fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole
As it is, I am stuck in this green room
With my head on my knees
It feels as if I have been left holding the baby
With no way out…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#MLMM ~ Photo Challenge 369 ~ #Poetry

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Pexels.com

I had fallen into a strange rabbit hole
It is dark blue and very wet, fish surround me
Someone has plunged a staircase into the water
It is rusty, making the water around it look pink
Inviting me to step on, come on up
Should I, shouldn’t I, bang around in my head
What is up there?
Is it safe, should I turn back the way I came?
I was swimming with friends, they should be somewhere
I am too close to the stairs; I touch the bottom tread.
I hear the muffled sound of voices
“I wonder where she has gone
One minute she was behind us,
the next gone like a puff of smoke.
Are they talking about me?
Forgetting, I am under water, I shout “I’m here.”
The water would not let me ascend the stairs
I could see my skin changing colour
I am turning a beautiful shade of blue
Not scales exactly. I no longer need my oxygen mask
I open my eyes on the beach
“She’s back!” Jack’s voice
“Massive bump on her head, but she’s back!”
Part of me felt sad, for I was looking forward
to being a mermaid…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge

It’s the second week of the month! Are you ready to choose some syllables to use in your poetry? Gwen Plano from last month’s challenge picked your two words:

“Dawn & Twilight

#Tanka Tuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 229, #SynonymsOnly

First,
Before
Day broke man
Made the morning
Sunset on its own
Half light brought out the wolves
Evening where lovers kiss
Night declines, yet more is needed
Unfold the morning, do all again
Soft afterglow warms the cockles of my heart…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#WhatDoYouSee #KeepItAlive #WDYS #Poetry

What do you see # 85 – June 7th, 2021

Image credit; Iqbal Nuril @ Pixabay

For the visually challenged reader, the photo shows a small kitten looking inquisitively, from under a table.

I can see shadows in the distance
When will she come,
the one who is meant to be my mum?
My brothers and sisters have found their forever home
I will be good, I won’t pee in corners
I won’t scratch the furniture
I will sit on your lap when you need the company
I promise not to stray, to visit other homes
I will not bring in birds or mice to frighten you
I will be the very best version of me
If only you will come
Maybe tomorrow, yes, I think you will
Come and find me tomorrow…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt #Meadows #Poetry

Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Meadows – June 3, 2021

This kind of meadow is not something
I get to see very often anymore
Having walked through many in my younger days
They stay with me in dreams
I am young again, playing, making daisy chains
Racing each other to reach
the strawberry flavoured sherbet hills.
My earthly legs won’t run or skip these days
So, we meet in dreams, my friends and I
Forever young…

© Anita Dawes