Twittering Tales – The Serenity that comes before.

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Photo by MarkusmitK@pixabay.com

 

He sat on the railway bridge and felt a moment of serenity.

And smiled as he considered that Life was so full of vapid worthlessness; an entity of nothingness; a rotting fungus living parasitically on time.

He took a deep breath, nothing drastic, then fell under the 8:29 train.

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This tale was written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales Challenge:

Twittering Tales #155 – 24 September 2019

It was also written for the Tuesday Writing Prompt from the Go Dog Go Cafe, where the word prompt was Serenity:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge September 24, 2019

 

I have also incorporated the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/drastic/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/your-daily-word-prompt-entity-september-26-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Vapid

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/rdp-thursday-fungus/

 

Blind Victory – A Poem

This poem was written for the Tuesday Writing Prompt for the Go Dog Go Cafe, see the post here:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

 

Droplets fall from sunken eyes,

Tears shed by shadows left behind

Bodies lying bitten by flies,

Broken children of humankind.

The consequences when a peace deal dies,

The scourge of War with victory blind.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 18/June/2019

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Photo by Sebastian Voortman on Pexels.com

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/deal/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/rdp-tuesday-droplet/

What Do You See? – Is this a Musical?

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I have written this poem inspired by this picture in response to the What do you See? Challenge, see link below:

What do you See? June 4/2019

I have also included the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge from the Go Dog Go Cafe,

see link here:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge June 4, 2019

The challenge is to write a poem (or story) with the phrase “Free Me” in it.

So here we go:

 

As they gathered by the light of the moon,

The Pussycat sang a line from an old Broadway Tune,

Serenading the Tomcat who stood tall on the tiles

From the rooftop, it seemed they could both see for miles.

Then into the night, they heard a loud miaow

Followed by shouting “Please Free Me Right Now”

And dangling beneath them from the gutter

A marmalade alley cat flailed like a nutter.

He shouted again “Oi, don’t act like a dope”

“The least you could do is to throw me a rope”.

It’s not hard to see how these antics inspired

Andrew Lloyd Webber, and how ‘Cats’ transpired.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 4/June/2019

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/rdp-tuesday-line/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/rope/

 

 

Dreams of Dali – A poem written for the Tuesday Writing Prompt

 

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Image by CarolinaP from Pixabay 

This poem was written for the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge from the Go Dog Go Cafe. See the link below:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, March 30, 2019

Dreams of Dali

As I slowly drift to sleep

I trip and fall into foolish dreams.

Where before I counted sheep,

Now I’m caught in torpid schemes.

Dicing with devils in denim hats

Breaking bread with brazen cats

Dancing Dangerously with diplomats.

Oh! What crazy capers my mind unleashes

When lost in a world of lucid dreaming,

Melted clocks and Dali-esque pastiches

Then Suddenly I awaken screaming.

Though darkness fills my dreaming mind,

There’s nothing darker than humankind.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 30/April/2019

 

This poem also contains the following word prompts:

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/rdp-tuesday-bread/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/trip/

 

Dreaming of Fairies

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Photo by Tú Nguyễn on Pexels.com

This poem was written for the Music Monday’s Challenge and the Tuesday Writing Challenge from the Go Dog Go Cafe. You can tell I am a bit behind but catching up slowly 😉

Click on the link below to check on the Music Monday Challenge if you want to hear the piece of music that inspired the poem or if you want to take part in this new weekly challenge:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/music-mondays-challenge/

Click here to see the Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge post:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge April 9, 2019

The Challenge was to write a poem or story containing the words “Blurred Thoughts”.

 

 

Blurred thoughts from a mind’s torment

I feel a wave of calm content

As magic and music’s melody,

Softly washes over me.

Lapping at my conscience, keen,

from Shakespeare’s play, I glimpse a scene

A fairy tale, a fantasy theme

Transported into a Midsummer Nights Dream.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/keen/

 

 

 

What do you See? – Ghostly Footsteps.

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This poem is written in response to Helene Vaillant’s What do you see Challenge:

What do you See? March/26/2019

and also the Tuesday’s Writing Prompt Challenge from the Go Dog Go Cafe, to write a poem containing the line “Footsteps of the Mind”.

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge March 26, 2019

 

As I wander through the cloisters,

Just to see what I can find,

I hear a noise come suddenly

Like the footsteps of the mind.

 

Are these spectres from my memories?

Or something much more sinister?

Is it a thief that haunts the shadows

With some violence to administer?

 

My heart beats faster as I linger

In the dim and darkening light

Then I see from out the shadows

Something Impish, bold and white.

 

I see it bound and run towards me

And I scream and jump a mile

Then I realise that what I feared

Is just a dog, This makes me smile.

 

Can there ever be a terror

Greater than the one I find

When I leave my thoughts to linger

On those footsteps in my mind?

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 27/March/2019

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

Word of the Day: Impish

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/impish/

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Thief

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/rdp-wednesday-thief/

 

A Picture by the Sea – A poem for Kreative Kue 210

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This poem was written for the Kreative Kue challenge, see the link below:

https://keithchanning.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/kreative-kue-210/comment-page-1/#comment-11436

I think that it is such a great picture, evocative and poignant. I hope my poem does this picture justice.

 

I took a picture of you,

Standing in the sea,

the water lapping at your feet,

as you smiled up at me.

Those days were simply perfect,

Though we didn’t know it then,

That life, as often happens,

Would change and change again.

Not long after the picture was taken,

I said farewell to you,

I watched you sail from my life

I cried for a week or two.

That seems a lifetime ago,

In many ways it was,

Our lives have drifted far apart,

And I’m to blame, because,

I left those words unspoken,

I didn’t tell you how I felt,

And that’s why our lives were broken

By the bitter hand, fate dealt.

Each and every day I wander,

By the water’s edge, I lurk,

Gazing at the sea that took you

Into the darkness and the murk.

It’s here I took a picture of you,

Standing in that sea,

How I wish that here and now,

You were smiling next to me.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14/March/2019

This weeks challenge from the Go Dog Go Cafe was to write something that involved Water. Well, I think this poem does that. If you wish to take part in the Tuesday Writing Prompt from the Go Dog Go Cafe click on the link below:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge March 12, 2019

I have also included the following word prompt:

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/your-daily-word-prompt-sail-march-14-2019/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/justice/

An Elfchen Challenge – A new creation.

My pal, Mel of the blog Crushed Caramel, has tagged me in a new challenge. See her post below:

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/i-have-never-even-heard-of-an-elfchen/comment-page-1/?unapproved=6112&moderation-hash=31a298e9375e8babb6339ef4a020dffc#comment-6112

Like Mel, I had not heard of an Elfchen. I flippantly thought it was what you got when you crossed an Elf with a Munchkin, possibly with a bit of Oompaloompah thrown in for good measure.

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Photo by Public Domain Pictures on Pexels.com

Well, if you’d like an excellent explanation of what an elfchen actually is, click on Mel’s post, she explains it beautifully and wrote a lovely one to demonstrate.

Here is my attempt:

 

Innovate,

Create something

Worthy of adulation.

A tribute to God’s

Creation.

 

I think that meets the requirements, and I am also quite chuffed that I have managed to include three of today’s daily prompts. I couldn’t hope for better. (Oh there goes a fourth 😉 )

I have just realised that this is also the challenge for the Go Dog Go Cafe Tuesday’s Writing Challenge! Click the link below if you’d like to take part:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge February 12, 2019

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/rdp-wednesday-innovative/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/your-daily-word-prompt-adulation-february-13-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Tribute

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/hope/

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge – Failing each new day.

The Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge from the Go Dog Go Cafe is to write something with the phrases New Dawn/ New Day/ New Dreams. See link below:

Here is my attempt:

I stand on a precipice.

Before me the world, and all its opportunities, unfolds.

Dare I step forward into the unknown?

The fear of failure gives me pause.

It will stymie far more than my crepitus filled knee.

If only I can find the courage to take a step,

A new dawn full of new dreams awaits.

The prospect is breathtaking.

But so is my fear.

Surely, though, the fear that I am missing out on my destiny,

Failing to reach my full potential,

Should be greater than any fear of the unknown?

Yet I stand here paralysed.

Unable to move.

Unable to breath.

Until time takes its toll.

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge – The Last Holiday

This was written in response to the Go Dog Go Cafe’s Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge.

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge November 6, 2018

The Challenge:

Here are 3 words to spark your imagination for a piece of poetry.  BUT, you CANNOT USE these 3 words in the poem.  What images, feelings, emotions do they conjure up for you?  Good luck!

gray, wind, echoes

 

Here is my response:

 

So drab and colourless,

the sky loomed overhead

And brought that doom-filled feeling,

The one I’ve learned to dread.

 

I scream into the void

The dark and dangerous abyss,

The breeze whips away my scarf.

I hear a resound, a sigh, a hiss.

 

“Come, on Jump” I hear them say,

A torment from a fateful past,

I step back from that final edge,

This was not the first time, nor the last.

 

I did not surrender, I didn’t fall

I had the strength and found the way,

This time I did not heed the call,

of death, that final holiday.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 07/November/2018

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/rdp-wednesday-holiday/