Bluff (an acrostic poem)

Image: cdn2.apstatic.com/photos/climb/119094889_medium_1592938687.jpg

Bashful with a dash of humility was his favorite drink
Leaving him sated every time he partook of that sweet nectar
Under the moonless sky, he would go out for a pint or two
Fortune smiled when he found a sweet young insecure thing looking for tall, pale, and handsome
Finding a dark spot to sip her vitality, he never saw the wooden stake till it was too late

Poet (an acrostic poem)

Image: mandyevebarnett.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/unleashed-imagination.jpg

Placing emotions on a page, then folding them into intricate origami dioramas of life

Or pluck stars from the sky and plant them under mountains to grow gemstone geodes

Even distill humanity, boil off the dross, and serve up a potent shot of pure intoxication and misery

Then crumple up the whole thing, delete the file, and try again since the craft was not perfected

Radiate (an acrostic poem)

Image: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Sun-in-the-sky.jpg

Revealing light streams over the landscape

Abstract shapes resolve into the finite

Dictating reality to manifest yet again

It warmed her heart every time it happened

As the sun slowly eased itself above the threshold of the horizon

The green flash announcing its next jaunt across the sky

Exciting her eyes with the potential of a new chance, a new day

The Lesson (an 100 word story)

Image: smgrp.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/shutterstock_513209761-shattered-mirror.jpg

Under a gloomy gray sky, she looked at the shattered pieces of her life strewn at her bleeding feet.  She stood there dumbfounded.  Everything was gone in mere moments!  She cried and almost just gave up, but…

Time kept moving.

Tears dried.

The sun crept out from behind the clouds.

She grabbed a broom and began to clean up the mess that had been her life and threw it away.  She kept a couple of small pieces to remind herself of the before times.  She then made a cup of tea and looked at the horizon.

The phoenix watched and learned.

Ground (an acrostic poem)

Image: cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0217/4288/files/Why-Does-Dirt-Dry-Out-Your-Hands_1024x1024.jpg

Gripping the dirt like he was afraid to fall into the sky

Really it was his muscles clenching all at once

Outside the thunder rumbled, marking sonically where he had been zapped

Under those angry clouds, the smell of ozone persisted

Not that the people with the ski masks on noticed.  They were too busy trying to flee, but they

Didn’t have time because Thor stood back up and smiled.  “Now it’s my turn.”

Wonder (an acrostic poem)

Image: localist-images.azureedge.net/photos/36732945521213/card/1b0ab651f60bb6b62625e4948b4a0130265f9228.jpg

What she loved to do was count the stars in the night sky

Only she knew she could never get an accurate number

Not once did she let it stop her from what she perceived was her duty

Determined to be a witness to every star’s existence in its moment of time

Everything comes to an end, and one day she might be the only one to notice

Remembering the dot of light for what it might have been before it wasn’t there anymore

Spirit (an acrostic poem)

Image: wallpaperflare.com/static/614/664/863/stars-silhouette-galaxy-person-wallpaper.jpg

She looked into the night sky and pondered her place.

Perhaps she was just a gathering of dust on a rocky mote flying through emptiness.

It made her feel small and insignificant,

Refuse of exploded suns long since forgotten in the cosmic background.

If that was it, well, that was still pretty cool.

The fact that her ancestors were ancient suns lightened her soul, and her smile lit up the night.

Farmer (an acrostic poem)

Image: flat-earth.co.uk/images/headerblocks/dirty_hands.jpg

Focusing on giving to the earth

Allowing one to receive many fold more in return

Relying on the rhythms of the weather

Memorizing the song of rain and sun, growth and decay

Everything a relationship with the soil and the sky

Results in a labor of love

Thunder (an acrostic poem)

Image: assets.thespinoff.co.nz/1/2019/06/eight_col_lightning-thumb.jpg

The storm crashed through the valley

Heaving tree branches and debris to-and-fro

Until there seemed to a charged pause

Negative particles madly dash from sky to ground

Determined to find a place to rest

Except that outbreak from the heavens causes heated air to flee the scene

Resulting in colder air to rush in and clap at the drama of it all