#MLMM ~ #Wordle246 ~#Poetry

My everlasting gobstopper hinders speech
Taking it in and out of my mouth to speak
becomes a sticky mess
I would endow it with the gift
of keeping your enemies quiet
Give them all one to stop their gossip
Mother said it was quite improper
To speak with your mouth full
My cheeks are too weary to try
I think there is a good possibility
That I could maim myself by trying
in the form of losing my teeth
It really is vast. I think its impressive
getting it in my mouth in the first place
It’s not useful, it doesn’t refresh
Then again, it’s only a penny gobstopper
that lasts three days
plus, I have not become immune to them yet…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#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

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge

#TANKA TUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 230 #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT

It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

Image Credit: Kerfe Roig

old

water

will lead you

under snow moon

secrets will be found

go after the blue bird

a prize, but not the right one

The blue moon pearl is waiting where?

the hand hides what the eye needs to see

under the dark shadow of Shangri la…

© 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

The Sunday Whirl ~ Wordle 505 ~ #Poetry

From the sounds of it, the game was under way
The boys would have a large stick in hand
Throw a glass bottle in the air,
whack it as hard as they could
Wicked I know, thing is, it’s fun
Young minds don’t think further than that
It’s like a sugar shock, an adrenaline rush
Running around your body
Like the applause of a crowd, egging you on
We were rock stars, albeit fleeting
Later, I knew I would be overshadowed with guilt…

© Anita Dawes 2021