Tanka for World Poetry Day 2016

A Poets Tanka

Preserving moments
Observations caught in time
Echoes in silence
Thoughts reflecting melody
Searching for flawless rhythm

Copyright © 2016 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

A Poems Tanka

Perceptions narrowed
Overseers of lost dreams
Emotions set free
Momentary reflections
Silence fills the emptiness

Copyright © 2016 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

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Free to Wander

A number of weeks ago Jane Dougherty and I did what I like to call “dueling poetry” on Twitter. Where one person starts with a micro-poem or Haiku and another (or more) write follow up pieces. Loosely linked micro-poems (or Haiku) that can develop in ways one never imagined – each feeding off the words of the other. I have take a few bits of what I wrote, developed and with some rearranging and re-writing have come up with the following short dark poem. Do also take a look at Jane’s WordPress Blog for poetry and books.

Distorted Dreams

Despair walks alone in pouring rain
Guided by distorted dreams and pain
Searching evermore in shadows
Thirsting for the blood of those lost

Spirits free to wander in twilight
Bodies shed in a forgotten blight
Husks ploughed deep into furrows
Cast aside to feed the dark abyss

At Death’s door souls mingle
Forsakened messengers linger
Harpies sing a mournful lament
While banshees remain silent

Copyright © 2015 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

The etching below is “Harpies in the infernal wood,” from Inferno XIII, by Gustave Doré, 1861.

Harpies in the infernal wood, from Inferno XIII, by Gustave Doré, 1861

Searchin’

Gone Too Long

Shouts ring out all along The Boundary
Ghostly voices echoing from days gone by
Moments lost for ever, fading to twilight
Lost my girl and my dreams somewhere along the way

Packin’ up what cares I have left
Saying goodbyes with tearful reminders
I’ll be on that morning train headin’ south
Gonna leave this dead end, good for nothing town

There was a time that nothing but you mattered
Getting lost in your arms and favoured charms
Knowing our love would last forever
But even forever ends someday

Gotta get out before tears take hold
Before time passes and my poor heart breaks
I’ll be walking toward the horizon from now on
Searchin’ for forgotten dreams gone too long

Copyright © 2015 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

Gone Too Long

Imbibing Speed

Numbing the Pain

Computers create electronic liaisons
A dating service for the positronic brain
Searching for the hottest data stream
Euphoric ones and zeros imbibing speed

Robots trying to kick internet downloads
Secret meetings with pleasure androids
Wasted on diode circuits and binary
Sleeping it off in clockwork corvettes

Sentient cars loiter along country roads
Inhaling high octane exhaust fumes
Unprotected intercourse on motorways
Romantic interludes in the fast lane

Radio waves caress high voltage capacitors
Shy electrons flirt with cathode ray tubes
Closed circuits for the experimentally minded
Sheltering in Faraday cages to numb the pain

Copyright © 2015 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

Robot-Girl-Art

Sleeping in Clockwork Corvettes

My Shopping List

Trolley wheel sticks and keeps turning left
Rumble of the evening express rolls on by
Crisps and frozen pizzas stacked everywhere
Robots are sleeping in clockwork corvettes

Grocery shopping on an Autumn Eve
Jet trails emblazon the darkening sky
Ketchup bottles fall and hit my feet
Lecherous computers scan customers

Lost in thought as arguing couples pass
This auto check out is giving me stress
Petrol fumes rise from cracked pavement
Cathode ray tubes irradiate a cold night

My shopping list is still on the kitchen counter
Terrible TV shows scream through airwaves
Neighbours having a party tonight, as always
Crystal radio sets purr with messages of love

Copyright © 2015 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

Micro Poetry Times Five – Three

Mid-morning thoughts float on by
Watching clouds part in a blue sky
Then back to the daily grind
As storm clouds gather in my mind

Droning hiss of pouring rain
Drip, drop from the kitchen sink
Discordant melodies merge
….stillness descends

Words of truth
Words of wisdom
Words unspoken
Silent words

Passing moments in time
Some brief, some linger
Others weigh heavy
Longing to be lifted
And pass on to better times

I can feel the heat of darkness burning
Consumed in the flames of desire
Lost in the light of an early dawn

Copyright © 2015 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

Love’s First Blush

Lanterns in the Sky

Under the spell of love’s first blush
Like a shot of an adrenaline rush
We were young, we were strong
Without fear it was wrong

Driving down the coast
Radio playing memories
Of summertime romance
Did we have a chance
When it came to our dance?

It’s not just a teenage love song
On the patio with lanterns in the sky
Our love was just a song away
Sharing a kiss before we said goodbye

Thinking how it used to be
Those times are close to me
For the love we could not suppress
And the softness of your caress

The heat of your touch
The beat of your heart
The rush of your breath
The mist in your eyes

When you walk into a room
With the scent of your perfume
Words flow from my heart
Hoping never to depart

You take off your dress
In the cool of the night
No need to assume
For a love we will consume

Thinking how it used to be
Those times are close to me
For the love we could not suppress
And the softness of your caress

The heat of your touch
The beat of your heart
The rush of your breath
The mist in your eyes

Under the spell of love’s first blush
Like a shot of an adrenaline rush
We were young, we were strong
Without fear it was wrong

Thinking how it used to be
Those times are close to me
For the love we could not suppress
And the softness of your caress

The heat of your touch
The beat of your heart
The rush of your breath
The mist in your eyes

The softness of your lips
The touch of your finger tips
The sweet smell of your embrace
Our bodies entwine and move in rhythm

Blessings of your caress
Darkness moves in a trance
Our bodies become one
To the tune of a slow dance

Thinking how it used to be
Those times are close to me
For the love we could not suppress
And the softness of your caress

The heat of your touch
The beat of your heart
The rush of your breath
The mist in your eyes

Driving down the coast
Radio playing memories
Of summertime romance
Did we have a chance
When it came to our dance?

Copyright © 2013 Shawn D. Standfast & James Day. All rights reserved.

Rambling Thoughts

The Silent Forest

As my delirium takes hold I find myself all alone
With mute surprise I wander aimlessly through a silent forest
Grotesque spirits shrouded in shimmering haze hover in the distance
A cold shudder ripples over me with every breath I take
Then in front of me, a shining moonflower appears in full bloom
Its sweet scent fills my nostrils and transports me far away

Rambling thoughts pour forth into a murky unknown
Ivy clad memories tremble in solemn moonlight
Decaying moments are strewn everywhere in abstract abandon
Desires shriek as writhing shadows dance with licentious rhythm
And I am caught in a rhapsody of conflicting emotion
Tossed upon a sea of lost passion and forgotten dreams

Wave after wave of missed opportunities wash over me
In echo of a life torn asunder – times past thunder all around
Suddenly, stillness descends and a velvet blackness envelopes me
As the darkness takes hold I am alone again in the silent forest
Clouds have covered the sky, blinding moon and stars
A shiver runs through me as the moonflower silently closes

Copyright © 2015 Shawn D. Standfast. All rights reserved.

The above poem was published in The Sirens Call June 2015.

silent forest