Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge


ghosts recall
their names written
on sheets of paper
in the grim reapers book
he sits, checks over each name
the old grey walls longing for help
there was a time when they called them home
there’s one last name before the walls crumble

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge X 2

A Rainbow Sky

Step into the future
People wait to greet you
Under a rainbow sky
New life begins…

Image by MasterTux from Pixabay

the game
lose your life
spin, try to win
shadows watch your time
old souls play beside you
the game is rigged, know the trick
right hand shake the dice, left hand throw
trick the Gods of what they think they know
the left-hand throw is meant to be slower
the Gods know the left throw to be loaded
they would have to bring out the big guns
to stop what fate has already won
cheers grow loud on every throw
two more throws win the pot
your hand is shaking
the Gods, they smile
to see you
win the

© 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? Colleen selected your two words:

Sanctuary & Follow


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White Ghosts… #Poetry

 Image by tatlin from Pixabay


Grey clouds on white candy
Black clouds carrying heavy rain
Lovers kiss beneath outstretched umbrellas
Rain splashed pavements wait for blue skies
White prisms of light shine on polished leaves
Trees sway, shedding their last teardrops
The earth greedy with thirst
Eagerly swallows each tear
White ghosts painted on blue skies
Light souls shining through
Touching those below, covering
The earth with memory
Waiting to be remembered
Grey clouds dropping rain
Showering the earth with secrets
Children splash in puddles
As other feet did years ago
Lift your face to the clouds
Taste the rain upon your lips
Do you remember?
Does the taste of something lost, come to mind?
Clouds will bring the rain again
Teasing you, daring you to remember
Secrets of the past hidden in each drop
Clouds pass, unseen by many below
Tilt your head, see the magic they make
The shapes and wonder of sky art…
White bleached clouds sail across blue skies
The day is washed clean as if by magic
Pink clouds hiding behind pillars of white
The day sails through to the purple hue of evening
All is well with my world…

© Anita Dawes 2021



#Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge


This challenge is a true poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

when snow fell
angels whispered
my impending birth
the new dark pretender
to make Merlin seem saintlike.
trouble aplenty lie in wait
darker evil, right through the cold core.
at night, the townsfolk tremble in their sleep
my birth had been planned before time, and thought
I guess the universe has a plan
the new spell has now been woven
time cannot recall it back
nor damp the troubled wave
people’s minds are weak
skyhooks are clear
they dig deep
time held

© Anita Dawes 2021

MLMM ~ Photo Challenge #371

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

George Natsioulis

She is the perfect shadow
In her Sunday best,
standing on Waterloo station
She has until sunset to find her match
To join the living the rushing crowd,
few notice the still shadow
Fewer still would give a toss
about the disembodied shadow
Who has time to wonder
Not even a shadow can breathe easy
Sunset is moments away…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge


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

Image Credit: Kerfe Roig



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


This week, the words for the synonyms only challenge are


Days are gone.
Now we have snow.
Hungry birds to feed.
small footprints left behind.
Visiting cats passing through
I have turned into Sherlock Holmes
Leaving my prints behind as I go
As I search for the abominable snowman…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Image by Sandra_M_H from Pixabay