This week’s Friday-Fictioneers photo-prompt from Trish Nankeville is of wonderful flowers, which I understand are native to Western Australia. My first impression was that they were inside out, as the external stamen give the red bulbs the appearance of pin-cushions. Thank you to Trish for the picture and, as always, thank you Rochelle for bringing such interesting subjects to our attention.
More story contributions are available to read on this link HERE.
The Eco-system Revenge
The marauders striped the apples and pears from his garden. They mocked his flowers. Pretty useless, like you old man, and they kicked and stamped on him before they left.
Ceres looked up and saw his bees among the stamen of the Hakea. He smiled. Venerated for his knowledge, he had regenerated an eco-system of life into a dead planet. But his Earth’s wisdom seemed forgotten as a myopic dictator took control of Centauri which retarded into a dystopian panic.
Tomorrow, he will seal his eco-bubbles and order the Mantis to eliminate all humans and grind their bodies for fertiliser.
Lightning struck and burned the tree, and the village Shaman panicked everyone with his story of angry ghosts that must be appeased.
Johann was instructed to carve a Totem before dawn.
First, he rescued an owl’s nest with hatchlings and some squirrel’s kittens.
Tears flowed down his cheeks as he carved, he couldn’t finish before morning. Tired, he fell asleep. When he woke, the trunk was done with symbols from the lives of his ancestors.
An owl landed nearby; the carved trunk winked. Johann looked around at the other carvings, and he smiled, his little friends had been very busy.
After reading some Haiku poetry in a writing magazine I thought I might have a go. The rules seem straight forward, or at least on my first attempts. Frustrated, I became distracted with some brief research on the subject. My brief notes are:
The origin of this form of poetry is attributed to the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho who lived during the 17th century. (1644-1694).
The basic components of the poem are; its set length of three lines, key elements of time and nature in the content and with a finish on the last line with an important epiphany or turn, it does not have a title nor does it rhyme.
The poem is constructed with three lines and traditionally contains only seventeen syllables, although some Haiku writers apparently argue for a variation on the syllable count. Nevertheless, to remain true to the original form a Haiku is structured;
1st Line – 5 syllables.
2nd Line – 7 syllables.
3rd Line – 5 syllables.
Here are some of my attempts:
Clear white winter moon
Shining through the ozone gap
Lonely polar bear.
Snow-flakes softly fall
On lovers, who kiss farewell
Broken hearts forever.
Earth’s stomach ruptures
World shaking with after thoughts
****(Time-seconds. Nature-an earthquake)****
Water is life’s thirst
And waves wash death on land
Old man floating free.
****(Time-Vulnerability of life. Nature Tsunami)****