Haiku Challenge (5/6/21)

The challenge is to create a Haiku utilizing this week’s words

Ronovan Writes Haiku 356 – Red / White

White sunbeams whispered

as twilight settled my thoughts

-red is left alone

darkness replaced tomorrow

and the dreams have slipped away

                   ©2020 cj holm


Haiku Challenge (10/6/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 326 – Scorch / Shade
The challenge is to create a Haiku containing this week’s words


The shade of those men
Rising from the battlefield
Quenching rage scorched thirst

Too late for the buglers call
Too soon for those that will mourn

                 ©2020 cj holm



Stay – A Décima Love Song

Ronovan Décima Poetry Challenge #18
“Stay” In A rhyme line


Photo by Pixabay


Our time is ending won’t you stay?
There is so much left to explore.
Hopes and dreams of what is in store,
Don’t leave this moment slip away.

My hands are trembling, they betray,
That you’re thinking the same thing too.
Let’s leave nothing to misconstrue!
The fire is burning in the hearth,
Please stay by me and share the warmth.
There is so much that’s left to do.

                                                            ©2020 cj holm*

*Writer’s note – This is one poem that changed entirely as it was being written. At first, it was a beginning – Then it became an ending!


“Décima” (also known as Espinel) is a Spanish style or form of musical poetry that contains 10 lines of eight syllables.
The style has a rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc. Sometimes you break the stanza up in abba/accddc.
The abba/accddc requires either a period or semicolon after the fourth line break.


Haiku/Senryu Challenge 4/13/2020

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 301 Cake / Steak

Cook’s best cut of steak
Served with light Angel Food Cake
-Prisoner’s last meal

                                    ©2020 cj holm
Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge (4/13/20)




Haiku/Senryu Challenge (2/17/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 293 Drain / Rain

Colors drain slowly
from the soldiers left dying
-blue eyes cry in rain

Precious price of nation’s valor
Flowers on field of honor

                                      -CJ Holm
Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge (2/17/20)



“Soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land, drawing no dividend from time’s tomorrows.”
-Siegfried Sassoon

Murmuring Souls

Created for Susi Bocks Challenge


Art Credit – Google Image

I write her weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge 30 – July 30, 2019

These murmuring souls
sacrificed to the dark god
of the pagan woods

Forever silenced soldiers
-lost Tiberius’ phalanx

-CJ Holm
From Chapter 73 of Tacitus’s Annals.

“Soon afterwards it was ascertained from deserters that nine hundred Romans had been cut to pieces in a wood called Baduhenna, after prolonging the fight to the next day, and that another body of four hundred, which had taken possession of the house of one Cruptorix, once a soldier in our pay, fearing betrayal, had perished by mutual slaughter.”




Susi Bocks Haiku/Senryu 5/7/5 Challenge
I write her weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge 24 – June 18, 2019

prague clock

Prague Clock Image

Posed for all to see
Chilling view of destiny
At the edge of time

-CJ Holm


The legend of the Astronomical Clock Tower of Prague