“Memories ~ Set Adrift,” #Shadorma

This week’s poetry challenge was a photo prompt that I assumed would give us all much food for thought.

Never mind all the song references we couldn’t get rid of (Jim Croce: Time in a Bottle) (Sting: Message in a Bottle), etc.

Then, there was the obvious… a bottle on the beach means trash washed up from the ocean. One man’s trash, another man’s treasure!

I must admit… I didn’t think that photo through, or maybe I over thought it!

For me, the bottle in the sand spoke of forbidden love. Empathically, I felt there was a couple somewhere who communicated through clandestine meetings – writing love letters in their blood, left inside the bottle for their partner to find. I sensed one left the other…

Image by Efes Kitap from Pixabay

Memories ~ Set Adrift

memories
of illicit love
penned in blood
marking time
set adrift on azure seas
please come back to me

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

“Home,” #Nonet

I wanted to try something different this week for my poetry challenge so I shared a photo for poets to use as inspiration for their poems. The last thing I want is for this challenge to seem dull. So, let’s give it a try!

There’s a lot going on in this photo. There’s the porch light shining brightly and a package by the door. Is anybody home?

The bikes outside hint that maybe the kids are upstairs doing homework or getting into other trouble. Parked bikes could also mean that the kids are next door. That means mom and dad might have time some time to spend alone. We know it’s summer – there’s lots of greenery present. Hmmmm…

Who lives here? What are their lives like? Do you see/feel happiness or pain? What is not being said in this photo?

Photo prompts are fun to use in poetry as a way to delve into the feelings that a photo conveys. Experiment with some of the themes you get out of the photo. I’ve used the Senryu form to share some of my themes from above:

The porch light is on
welcoming friends to enter
yet, no one is home


Muggy summer nights
alone with my beloved
reclaiming our love


The longer syllabic forms work well with photo prompts too. Here is my submission for this week, a Nonet.

“Home,” # Nonet

As the fringes of darkness descend
cicadas sing their summer songs
inviting all kith and kin 
where hearts dwell together
wrapped tightly in love
dear memories
bittersweet
send me
home

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

Don’t be shy! Give the Photo Prompt a try!