In Response To:

Word Of The Day Challenge – Expired

Your Daily Word Prompt – Perceptive – December 19, 2019

Frank J. Tassone Haikai Challenge #117 (12/14/19) – Midwinter (mafuyu)/Midsummer (manastu) – This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senyru, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga) that alludes to either midwinter (mafuyu), midsummer (manastu), or the winter/summer solstice.

gardenofelegance: “ explanationpoint21: “ classyxsexxy: “Sleeping Forest | cXs ” ”

holding on expired

perceptive to new perspective

passing into dark

midwinter preparations

for an upcoming rebirth

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Spring’s Light

The Haunted Wordsmith Opposites Attract Challenge #20

For this challenge, I provide one word and a list of its antonyms. The challenge is to use the prompt word AND one (or more) of its antonyms in some form of writing (or creative work). 

Today’s word: Soothe

Antonyms: distress, torment, torture, trouble

Spring's Light

As I walk to the end

of this cold season

I see the light of Spring

dawn…causing me to pause

to see she is about to arrive

and soothe the distress

caused by a prolonged Winter

I long for the palliative kiss of a gentle breeze

instead of a disturbing cold wind’s freeze

and the calmative warmth of sun

cradling the body like a blanket

hues wonderment of blossoms  growth

and the sweet aroma of breathing in

fresh new beginnings of rebirth

when joy becomes the soul’s dance

as hope causes the heart to prance

yes, Spring, I bid you come forth

dawn your light upon us all!

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Photo Credit:  Pixabay

Word For The Day…


There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.

Parker Palmer

(Photo by Lisa Runnels)