Form: Free Verse

A gathering of grey at the end of the day
And I listen to the jasmine sipping the rain
As I drink a chilled white wine
I watch the summer rain drizzle from the tiles
Refreshing the climbers on the trellis
Their leaves thirsty from a hot day
Softly falling drips and drops
As I bid my garden goodnight

In the morning the rain has gone
The light of the sun shining on vibrant green
Making dark shadows a cool space for sparrows
Their black eyes watching with caution
The dish fill in time for breakfast
From the deck table I see the flurry of brown feathers
Chitter-chat and flutter over the seeds and nuts
And the stillness of the raven on the shed roof
Content to chew over the bacon
A lovely sight on a summer’s day


Thick (RDP)

Inspired by and written for Ragtag Daily Prompt – my thanks to Sgeoil

Definition: Thick – adj. with opposite sides or surfaces that are far or relatively far apart; made up of a large number of things or people close together

Form: Hay(na)ku

shadows ripple
on wooded ground
sparkle shards
through the trees
and dark
the forest dances



Form: Haiku

sakura whispers
where the moon spilled silver light
sweet intimacy
and tranquillity
shivers in lunar embrace
pastel pink cascades


Upbeat (RDP)

Inspired by and written for Ragtag Daily Prompt – my thanks to Tracy

Definition: Upbeat – adj. cheerful; optimistic.

Form: Minute Poetry

spirits rising a cheery smile
with life worthwhile
the outlook’s good
trees in the wood
bold and brassy but still with class
new blades of grass
reach for the sun
the wood undun
and birds are singing April’s song
now days are long
down in the wood
where all is good


Twilight Gathering (Simply 6 Minutes)

Inspired by and written for Simply 6 Minutes – thank you, Christine

Form: Elfin Stanza Sonnet

In twilight skies a thousand wings take flight
And pesky insects become hunted prey
Leathery wings shadow the dying day
With each a silhouette in fading light
And some swooping low to catch the first bite
Of the juicy flies who have lost their way
A tasty meal, there’s no feeling contrite
And back into the dark night those wings sway
Radar ears pick up where the midges play
With their poor vision still they need no light
For sound alone guides them on the right way
And insects can’t hide from this sonic sight
And on these warm evenings of late May
I sigh as I watch the bats at twilight

Time: 7 minutes 20 seconds

Word Count: 112


Nature’s Place (Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge)

Inspired by and written for Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – thank you GC and Sue

Form: Rubaiyat

Return to life in early spring
Farewell winter, gone is your sting
With warmer days calling the shots
And daffodils to make me sing
Heralds of spring in their pots
Marking yellow all their hot spots
And soon tulips of red follow
While I plan out the summer plots
Remembering what grows below
I see the jasmine buds on show
My garden returns to that space
In vibrant shades it comes aglow
This is my peace, my sacred place
Where nature reveals beauty’s face
In Father Sun and Mother Moon
My senses and dreams find their grace


Gullet (RDP)

Inspired by and written for Ragtag Daily Prompt – my thanks to Perpetua

ooh, the word list I have had for donkeys on my notes is coming out to play – thank you so much

Definition: Gullet – n. the passage by which food passes from the mouth to the stomach; the esophagus

Form: Interlocking Pathya Vat

nutrition’s journey
what happens to
the food we chew
fruit and veg for
prefers his meat
what does he eat?
the favoured treat
rotting roadkill


Bear (Simply 6 Minutes)

Inspired by and written for Simply 6 Minutes – thank you, Christine

Not often do I try to create a sonnet variant for a prompt – but here goes – one-syllable lines, just for fun.

Form. Christine’s Sonnet
Created by Jezzie G for Christine Bialczak
Structure: Three quatrains and a couplet
Meter: 1-syllable per line
Rhyme Scheme: AbbA BccB deeD fD (uppercase being repetitions)


Time: With form creation and notes 25 minutes
Word count: 14


One Wish (NaPoMo 6)

One Wish (NaPoMo 6)
Epistle Sonnet 6 – aba abedc cdcd ee
Theme: Love Subject: Binoculars

Come with me, my lovely, let our love free
Let us go there where the birds come to fly
On the shady paths of forest and tree
The perfect spot for us to watch and see
All our birds as they come down from on high
And I promise I won’t teach you how to fish
I’ll give you my nocs so you can see clear
Come with me once just to scratch on this itch
I’ll keep you safe; guide you from every ditch
For in the forest, there’s nothing to fear
Let’s go birding, a twitcher’s gotta twitch
And you, my love, I want you to be near
Darling, I know it’s not swanky or swish
Baby, just grant me this one single wish


Burgeon (WOTDC)

Inspired by and written for the Word of the Day Challenge – my thanks to Kristian

Definitions: Burgeon – v. begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish

Form: Bina

on the trees swelling buds
eager to dress the forest in green
in the garden shoots of green
with sunshine enticing springtime buds
colour reborn as buds amid the vernal green


Shady (YDWP)

Inspired by and written for Your Daily Word Prompt – my thanks to Sheryl

Definition: Shady – adj. situated in or full of shade; of doubtful honesty or legality.

Form: Bina

beneath the tendrils of willow, sheltered and dark
can a cool breeze whisper suspicion
sweet willow weeping with suspicion
for the old trees understand the dark
when the shadows are dark there is only suspicion


Delicate Kisses (Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge)

Inspired by and written for Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – thank you, Sue and GC

Form: Quatern

This winter’s night when snowflakes fall
Soft, white, glistening in moonlight
And more follow as drifts begun
By delicate little snowflakes
They’re floating down on frosty air
This winter’s night when snowflakes fall
Loveliness of purity white
Swirling over the dirty streets
We step outside my love and I
Catching one or two on gloved hands
This winter’s night when snowflakes fall
Beautiful snow is our delight
As the delicate kisses chill
The snow making our faces smile
For dawn will bring fields blanket white
This winter’s night when snowflakes fall


Ballyhoo (WOTDC)

Inspired by and written for the Word of the Day Challenge – my thanks to Cyranny

Definition: Ballyhoo – n. extravagant publicity or fuss; v. praise or publicize extravagantly

Synonyms: publicity, advertising, promotion, marketing, propaganda, push

Form: Haiku

new feathers ruffled
beckoning come hither, come
rituals of spring
marketing talents
attracting a friendly mate
a bird must put out
competition’s tough
social skills, self-promotion
his feathers are best


Snail (RDP)

Inspired by and written for Ragtag Daily Prompt – my thanks to Drkottaway

Form: Kimo

summer days hunting starfish in rock pools
a crab caught my toe instead
not too hard, nothing bled
the hunt went on, the shiny pebbles wet
from the now departing waves
the tide out what to find
beneath cliffs, I found a treasure of life
scurrying in the still pool
waiting the sea’s return
in this simplicity, life speaks out loud
cycles of time come and go
take each day as it comes


Woodland Mile

Woodland Mile
Form: Gwawdodyn Byr

This time of year as the season’s change
And winter’s reach seems to disarrange
Sunshine so strange as it deceives the eye
It is not so warm out here on the range
Days are longer and the nights get short
Life returns and wild things now court
A love’s consort among the budding trees
And yellow daffodils outside the fort
My willow tree holds her hints of green
Above the swollen white rushing stream
New tendrils dream; too soon for them to trail
The cool flowing waters beneath her beam
But still I’ll sit here with her a while
At her peace within the woodland mile
Perhaps I feel her smile as seasons turn
To the earth’s rebirth in the springtime style


Exuviate (AWAD)

Inspired by A Word a Day – my thanks to Anu Garg

Definition: exuviate – v. to shed or cast off

Synonyms: moult, shed, slough, peel off, cast off, drop, throw off, throw away

Form: Tanka

she’s shedding winter
slowly revealing the spring
in the fresh green shades
from beneath first shoots appear
of life and new beginnings


Treetop (WWP)

Inspired by and written for Weekend Writing Prompt – my thanks to Sammi

Form: Free Verse

where are you
I can’t see from the ground
with you hiding in the skies
but I will climb up
and join you for the view
while swaying in wind
making you leaves shake with a bustle-rustle
and it seems like you are talking to me
about the panorama of woods and fields
or perhaps you’re saying
it’s time to go down now

Word Count: 63


Quibble (YDWP)

Inspired by and written for Your Daily Word Prompt – my thanks to Sheryl

Definition: Quibble – n. a slight objection or criticism about a trivial matter; a play on words; a pun; v. argue or raise objections about a trivial matter

Synonyms: minor criticism, find fault with, picky, trivial complaint

nit-picking on nothing much
ain’t you got better to do
then make like monkeys picking
up lice in the hair


Plump (RDP)

Inspired by and written for Ragtag Daily Prompt – my thanks to Punam

Definition: Plump – adj. having a full rounded shape. v. shake or pat (a cushion or pillow) to adjust its stuffing and make it rounded and soft

Synonyms: round, fleshy,

Form: Kimo

pastel blossoms that promise decadent
sweet juices of fleshy fruit
and the tenderest bite


Prestigious (WOTDC)

Inspired by and written for Word of the Day Challenge – my thanks to Kristian

Definition: Prestigious – adj. inspiring respect and admiration; having high status

Synonyms: reputable, distinguished, respected, esteemed, estimable, eminent

Form: Lune

the autumn acorns
seem so small
hidden among leaves
standing strong and tall
among trees
the eminent oak


Risqué (RDP)

Inspired by and written for Ragtag Daily Prompts – my thanks to Martha Kennedy

Definition: Risqué – adj. slightly indecent and liable to shock, especially by being sexually suggestive

Synonyms: bawdy, indecent, rude, racy, broad, earthy,

Form: Haiku

racy yellow blooms
tempting spring’s sensual delights
oh those birds and bees
bluetits chase ladies
come to the nest and lay eggs
raven calls his life mate
pollen collectors
early bees busy sharing
for next year's flowers


Ensue (YDWP)

Inspired by and written for Your Daily Word Prompt – my thanks to Sheryl

Definition: Ensue – v. happen or occur afterwards or as a result

Synonyms: result, develop, follow, stem, spring, arise, derive, evolve

Form: Lune

seeds planted last year
under winter ground
green shoots arising
from earth
sunshine follows ice


Croci Spirit

Croci Spirit
Form: Free Verse

Sat by the pond
in the early morning sun
they caught my eye
in glimpses of white, purple, and yellow
from the bottom of the garden
a sign that winter’s time
must soon make way
for spring’s sunshine and showers
and warmth fills my soul
on this cold winter morning


Prodigious (WOTDC)

Inspired by and written for Word of the Day Challenge – thank you, Cyranny

Definition: Prodigious – adj. remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree

Synonyms: enormous, huge, colossal, immense, vast, great, massive, mammoth, monumental

Form: Lunka

stars light up the night
each one is a sun
the life of planets


In Cambrian Hills

In Cambrian Hills
Form: Epistle Sonnet 2

If my words could just paint a mountaintop
Like a brush on canvas creates the scene
With splashes of green trees in a raindrop
And purple heather gathered in a crop
Echoes of where my walking boots have been
As colour memories mingle like the sea
The whispers of you and I talking love
While we sit here making our daisy chains
And I remember how it used to be
In clear reflections in pools of the rains
In nature’s beauty, we shared flasks of tea
And feel the wonder running through our veins
These Cambrian hills rising high above
In nature’s hands the love we were sure of


For the Love of Iris

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For the Love of Iris
Form: Cerispring Sonnet

Beneath the ground she waits so long
through Winter's chilling grip
and I await her iris song.
She thirsts for words from Gardener's lip
to greet her anxious sprout-
emerging form her earthen slip.
as warming rays of Spring's first sun
awaken breath, new life's begun.
My blue iris shall blossom out
her golden kiss, a spark
to clear the heart of Winter's doubt.
Renewing signs erase the stark
of Winter's icy chill
And love will shine from in the dark