I often scroll through Pinterest for inspiration while working on my poetry. During one search for new ideas, the above image caught my attention immediately, and the phrase “play your bones like a xylophone” popped into my head. Determined to use it in a poem, I tried it out in a quick senryu: Senryu 55 tonight I will dream about playing your bones like a xylophone I liked it, but it felt a little incomplete. I decided to try it in an elfchen next. Bone Xylophone I’m dreaming about playing your bones like a xylophone tonight feverishly I liked this version better, but since I was having fun experimenting, I wrote a third poem in the form of a triolet. Playing your bones tonight I’m dreaming about playing your bones like a xylophone your vertebrae jingling tonight I’m dreaming diabolically scheming carving your tombstone tonight I’m dreaming about playing your bones like a xylophone So far this version is my favorite, but I’m curious to see how many more I can come up with using …
snowfall in the woods the silence stretches out in all directions
faint shapes and shadows the world is a watermark becoming a stain
the morning shimmer holding the world silent, still in its ghostly grip
anxiously waiting tension building, danger lurks screams cut through the night ****** My own photo taken at Scarrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC. Would highly recommend if you are ever in the area!
the sun sinks low bat wings rustle overhead it’s my time to rise
the siren song calls harmonizing with the dirge of those who listened
the guilty wood creaks floorboards shift and slide over unwanted secrets
old secrets still dwelled in the dark house, enshrouded by dust and cobwebs
wires twist and creak rubber gloves snap, needles click implements of pain ********* Today’s haiku is inspired by the movie Audition.