Red Thread

A thin red thread     zig zaggy     hangs from the hem of your favorite skirt or cuff of your best blazer.  You are careful,  But the whole garment starts to unravel. You bring the skirt to a seamstress or the blazer to a tailor.  They are busy.  So many skirts and blazers to repair.  You must wait.

When you do get to pick up your favorite skirt, from afar it looks perfect.  Just like new.  You try on your best blazer.  Just visiting an old friend.  Maybe the thread color doesn’t quite match.  Maybe you notice a tiny pucker or pull.  That favorite skirt or best blazer is not like new.  It is not as perfect as you thought.

You can’t remember if the skirt was ever that great.  You can’t remember if the sleeves of the blazer were always a tad long.  Maybe you imagined your favorites. Maybe you didn’t.  Maybe the skirt was the right length.  Just below the knees. Maybe the blazer was the perfect fit.  Across the shoulders.  Maybe you are over thinking the whole zig zaggy thread problem.

Wear the skirt.  After all, you are told,  this was an expert seamstress.  Wear the blazer.  After all, you are told, this was the best tailor in the city.

You realize you may never feel exactly the same again about your favorite skirt or best blazer.  But this is what you have to work with.  A thin red thread hanging off a hem.



Spring Coydog

No random force propels her along
the path strewn of moonlight and moss–
mother Coydog


Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #162

Hope drops in to stay
Intemperate visitor
Rainy August day


Morning mockingbird
Staying long past his welcome
Shrill songs mimic hope

1 haiku/marathon training

Union University

Autumn marathon
Sunrise coaching breath and hills
Clock tower timer

3 haiku/Spicy

Autumn too early
Cicadas and black horseflies
Still buzzing for June

Spiderweb hazard
Spicy words for architect
Thick and sticky threads

Citrus summer sun
Spicy smell of forest air
Lifts a tangy mood


Garbage Day

Chicken bones amble in the garbage
Hope after Friday night.

Over due or under done
Protein for nobody.

Where does my neighbor’s garbage go when the wind blows?
In my yard.

Art, a rambling euphemism
Of originality.

Someone should have invented it by now.


Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #161

Bright Lady Lyra
Music among the starlight
Painted in the sky


Male painted bunting
Vivid Crayola dreamer
Sings for a lady


Lady Liberty
Welcomes a befuddled world
Painted by terror
Copper and steel stand ever
Hopeful in New York Harbor

Cicadas in July/8 Prompts

Dormant for years
Emerging to harmonize
Clicking, whirring, trilling
Through summer fragrance

Tree crickets congregating
For traditional tea
Hidden pests in the shallow
Of an oak tree


Dog-day harvest fly
Veiny winged pest prepares a
Buzz saw symphony




Rough Draft

Hidden in this desk
Hidden in the drawer of this desk
Hidden in Ulysses
Hidden in a folder,
because I was told to back up my “hidden”
Hidden in the cloud,
seemingly irretrievable, but that’s for another time

is a rough draft.

This draft will stay
In the desk
In the drawer
In Ulysses
In a folder
In the cloud

until I find the courage
hidden in me.


Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #159

One scoop makes sunshine
Fate dripping chocolate dreams
Baby’s first ice cream

Toddler smiles holding
Melting, dripping ice cream cone
Fate makes sticky hands