Just Before

For those who have experience mid-west winter weather, you’ve learned that December warm fronts proceed killer blizzards. Legendary storms stories always begin with “It was a warmer than normal start to the day!”

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Words and Image ©2017 Clarence Holm

December fog drifts
over the freshly tilled field
-nature seems wary

Just before the winter storm
Gives this last taste of autumn

                                    -Clarence Holm

Almighty’s Tumble

Trunk Haiku

Words and Image ©2017 Clarence Holm

Last year’s perch broken
Victim of its age and height
Barn owl soars over

                    -Clarence Holm
Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 175 Broken / Over
Prompt words: Broken and Over
Haiku in 5-7-5

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https://ronovanwrites.com/2017/11/20/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-176-brokenover/

My Masters

The Cats – Charles, Peter and Tapioca

I am an inanimate object;
My three spoiled cats have told me,
I’m just a thump in a well-traveled route,
Between their water, fresh food, and smelly sandboxes.

They expect me to know their special needs,
They prefer houseplants to dry crunchy kibbles and bits.
But whatever they eat, they cough and they spit
Messy hairballs on my dining room carpet.

At night when I lay in my warm cozy bed
Scampering claws dig into my flesh.
They scream and hiss in purr delight
Then quietly settle wherever they wish.

It seems like so many years ago,
When my daughters selected cute bundles of fur.
They promised us they’d alwys take care,
Now they’ve fledged and left them behind.

Nine lives is a long, long time,
About nineteen years, my vet has advised us.
But still I would protest if someone took them from the nest,
I’d miss my lords and my fur masters.

               -Clarence Holm, Servant of the House

In A Twinkling

Peril

Words & Image ©2017 Clarence Holm

Peril approaches
Precious daylight enters shade
-Worry is at hand

                                 -Clarence Holm
Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 10-31-17 Fright / Night
Per Colleen’s November challenge, I chose worry and shade as my synonyms for fright and night
(Haiku 5-7-5)

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https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/10/31/colleens-weekly-poetry-tuesday-challenge-recap-a-month-of-november-poetry-prompts/

Crossing Rubicon

Stalks

In somber reflection, I remembered parts of my life
When brash trumpets sounded chapters of strife.
Passions ignited, scorched conquests of grandeurs
Triumphant companions, some hitchhiking voyeurs
Success is a magnet for men seeking fame.

Tributes to rivals, felled by the way
Each sought bright glory, and then slipped in the fray.

In courtyards of conflict, serious injuries sustained
Measurements of manhood, enduring rivalries proclaimed.
Forces met in battle, steel wills on display
Single victories around me, desperate times yet to pay
Some matches ended, but other just begun.

Songs sung by warriors in the firelight
Chansons of conquests declared in the night.

Times filled with passion of a life gone by
Battles fought in anger, I rarely bothered why.
Friendships lost at life’s expense, simple conflict exposure.
I mourn the loss of time gone by, now I’ve time for closure
Lay me down with those that are gone, our battles are over.

                                                       -Clarence Holm