Skies of Melancholy

Away from the Central Valley heat. The sky over the bay was grey, and fog rolled past twisted cypress.  Cars and tourists crowded the narrow winding road of 17 Mile Drive. My little one escaped the chill, finding shelter in the backseat. His older brother stayed with me to explore the shore, birds, and even a curious squirrel. We watched the clouds drift across the dimmed sky, and the ocean waves crash against the boulders below. My son has a thirst for knowledge and the curious mind of a poet, even if he does not yet have appreciation for the written word. One day I’ll return with both at my side and we’ll immerse ourselves in the beauty of life.

Dark clouds drift across
Skies of melancholy
Beauty in contrast

©Josslyn Rae Turner
©Josslyn Rae Turner

For this week’s Haibun Monday, Toni, at dVerse, wants us to write a haibun about the day sky-“from dawn to dusk and anytime in between.” This one is about my trip with my sons to Monterey, California at 17 Mile Drive. It’s a long stretch of road through a residential neighborhood overlooking the bay.


Pride in Prejudice

Today, for Song-Lyric Sunday, Helen at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, wants us to share songs that relate to anger. Heavy Metal is the most effective form of music to express this very emotion. And Slayer is the perfect example. Their music is brutal and unrelenting as the lyrics take you into the minds of killers and the depths of hell on earth and below. Continue reading “Pride in Prejudice”



trees tower above
stolen kisses in the wind
beauty in summer
warm eyes capture the moment
in forests of memories

©Josslyn Rae Turner
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Today, Toni at dVerse, challenges us to write a tanka-one of the earliest Japanese poetic forms. A tanka consists of five lines, and must follow the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count per line.