forest ~ a tanka

forest fires rage

scarred world dons bullet-proof face

grass arrows pierce

water scorches open wounds

blood flows free into red sea


Mindfills for Colleen Cheesebro’s Tanka Tuesdays – Fire and water, Ronovan Writes haiku challenge – free & world, Sadje’s wdys , go dog go cafe’s promote yourself mondays.

Make peace please

soul food ~ a decima

What do you want to order in?

Oh! Soul food or nothing at all

Under what cuisine would that fall?

Just a sec…I’m introspecting

Is it Asian or Italian?

Hmm… It could be both or neither

Please dear soul…decide and order

I want to eat what my mom makes

I’ll have those awesome jammy cakes

or her quite random buddha bowl

they’ve left a footprint in my soul

That’s the food to which my soul wakes


Mindfills by s.s. for

Ronowan Writes Decima challenge – Fall in B in rhyme abbaaccddc

Neeraj’s photo challenge at MindLoveMisery

FOWC introspective

RDP footprint

Jude’s Saturday Symphony – soul food

In the end ~ a decima

We’re just a moment in the end

having played the cards we were dealt

with joy and grace and love we felt

as our time and space and life blend

and small voices in our heads wend

chanting I am a museum full of art,

and a deck full of music hearts

but is there someone who may think

of us, write and draw us in ink

and speak of moments we were part


Mindfills by s.s. for

Reena’s exploration challenge – I’m a museum full of art and a deck full of music but…

Sadje’s what do you see

Ronovan writes Decima challenge – Blend in A abbaaccddc

Go Do go cafe Tuesday writing prompt hosted by Devereaux Frazier and Beth Amanda – in the end we were just a moment

MindLoveMisery’s Michael’s Sunday writing prompt – cards

This poem has been published on….a poetry website hosted by Michelle that voices every author’s unique style

Is it ~ solo renga

Manasarovar 2014

Is it always me

sipping on fizzy iced dreams

while the world treadmills


seasons whizz past butter cups

warbling white eye drinks it in


Mindfills by s.s. ~ a Solo Renga for

Reena’s exploration challenge is it always me

Colleen Cheesebro’s informative piece  on Solo Renga. Thank you Colleen. I learnt something new 🙏

Ronovan writes Haiku challenge – cup and sip

Cee’s FOTD

d’Verse poets – self portrait

serenity ~ a decima

At the beginning of the end

when evening still ripples maybes

but quietens the edge of seas,

the wave waits for just that second

unsure, to stay, go, or be friends

conch shells calm down sounds and silence

with salty tears and one last glance

sad sea and land let loose their grip

longing fills every finger tip

To serene sea it makes no sense


Mindfills by s.s. for

Sue Vincent’s writephoto

Ronowan Writes Decima challenge tip in D

d’Verse poets – open link night hosted by Grace

roots ~ a haibun

Angkor Cambodia 2020

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

We don’t know why an entire populace disappeared, leaving kingdoms built over centuries. They must have hiked up far off hills, explored caves, to find the right granite to build a city for their gods, for their future. They must have traveled across land and sea to find the sculptor who would for the rest of his days retrieve the deity from the holy rock. They must have been visionary architects, seeing a flat piece of land and imagining temple doorways oriented to the sun’s greeting at dawn, drawing light in to bathe the gods. They built the towering temples they had imagined. The temples still stand today. Still. Silent. Sapient. In testimony to the tens of thousands of lives who lived, loved, dreamt. We do know they dreamt. Dreamt that their fields will flourish, dreamt their children will laugh, dreamt that the lotus ponds with pink blooms will light up souls, dreamt of tomorrows.

waters still flow

quenching roots of our little lives

surging past morrows


Mindfills by s.s. for

Ronowan writes Haiku challenge – morrow and surge

Eugi’s weekly prompt – tree of life

d’Verse Haibun Monday hosted by Frank Tassone – hike

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesdays – poet’s choice

Cee’s FOTD

ringed ~ a decima

Blitzkrieged into surrendering

I speed-dated and socialized

where I was speeched and sermonized

while others got busy coupling

romanced into forevering

Watergated, I whiled a while

but then winked a cheshired smile

and googled a path to tinder,

thrilled to right swipe the right Mr

Now we are ringed and twinned in style


Mindfills by s.s. for

Bjorn from d’Verse hosts verbing!…an interesting challenge of changing nouns into verbs …and having fun with it

Ronowan writes – Decima challenge – smile in c

FOWC speech

Cee’s FOTD