Ribbons of pink and purple
rest on distant horizon,
crickets and bullfrogs singing
lullaby of
evening contentment.

Gone is the noise of the day.
Tomorrow, nowhere in sight.
Only now.

P. Riggs

Written for Poetic Bloomings Walt Wojtanik’s Boketto form

Across Gray Skies

Photo Credit: Ketti Ylinen-Ceau

Photo Credit: Ketti Ylinen-Ceau


Seeing only gray
reflected in the world
around her,
downcast eyes
saw kites across gray skies;
tails trailing freely
on hopeful breezes.

P. Wanken


Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): 97 ~ gray.


Author’s Note:
Thank you to fellow challenge contributor, Ketti Ylinen-Ceau, for letting me use this photo in my post.

Destination Unknown

Photo Credit: Mikko Luoto

Photo Credit: Mikko Luoto



(a shadorma)

souls are carried high
through blue skies.
Left behind
is a mark of where they’ve been.
Now, where do they go?

P. Wanken



Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): 44 ~ Sky.


Author’s Note: 
Thank you to fellow challenge contributor, Mikko Luoto, for letting me use his photo in my post.

Poet Tree

Photo Credit: Marjaana Valve Os Leppänen

Photo Credit: Marjaana Valve Os Leppänen

(a shadorma)

The flash of
a single image
triggers a
search for words
to express what my heart sees
and what my eyes feel.

P. Wanken 


Posted for 100 Days of Summer 2014 (Facebook Group): Sky.


Author’s Note: 
Yesterday was the first day of “100 Days of Summer 2014.” The challenge is to post something “creative” daily for 100 days. There are two rotating “themes”, one for each day of the week, to pick from. For most people in this group, the creative outlet is photography. Already in just two days, I’ve been overwhelmed with the beauty in pictures. Almost from the very first picture I saw there, I knew that I would need to use some of them as inspiration for my contributions to this challenge. They say a picture is worth a thousand words? Well…I probably won’t write a thousand words for any picture, but I do hope you’ll join me in the coming days as I share some of the photos with you, along with the words they’ve inspired.

This first picture is from Marjaana Valve Os Leppänen, of Finland. I’ll give a bit more of an explanation for this poem because the photo symbolizes for me how it feels to write. I have moments that grip me in a way that can only be expressed in poetry. The sky is such a wide open canvas of possibility of words. However, sometimes there are obstacles in life that stand in my way of getting those words on paper (or, on my blog). Yet, in spite of the branches, I can still see the sky. Mostly because I know the sky is there. More than seeing it with my eyes, I can feel it. And if I give it enough time, I can also see it with my heart. Thank you, Marjaana for sharing your perspective through the camera’s lens.