Get Listed with Fireblossom

For the list challenge at Real Toads this month, Fireblossom has selected words from Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.  Without further ado, here’s my offering.  How does it happen that this also just happens to be 55 words.  I’m sharing with G-Man for a birthday 55!


out in the lavish woods
cadaverous dancing occurs
vulgarly swinging limbs
working into a frenzy;
the fat lady gyrating
a devilish catastrophe
against drunken madmen
a strangely natural oddity
lasting long and deep until
the cock’s first crow;
the sunlight soothing
night’s irrational desires,
when the lunacy subsides
to the gossip’s whisper
and sideways glances

Farewell Dance

Today’s task is to feel the love in 55 words.  It’s a poem for both d’Verse Poets and G-Man’s Friday Flash 55.

dead flower

dancing in the dark,
cover of night to
shield the tears
on my cold cheek
as you hold me close;
strong arm on
the small of my back,
guiding me across
the hushed room
to quiet of the bed,
to sweet good-byes
before you leave
in the morning
to answer the
soldier’s call of duty

Getting Listed at Real Toads

Today is another list challenge at Real Toads.  Kerry has given us a list compiled by the fun Timoteo.

katydid on grass

standing on the precipice
of our broken moon
dancing to calypso music
a soulful, cryptic tune
sung by crooning crickets
quickly overtaken by the
rapidly pounding drumbeat
created by raging heart
climbing into my throat
forcing fancy footwork;
mastering edgy steps
I believe I can fly,
thrust myself into space
creating my own big bang.

Yes, I know the picture is not really a cricket, but it’s the best I could do.  I don’t have a cricket, and thankfully the birds keep down the cricket population.

As luck would have it, this came out at exactly 55 words, so I’m sharing with G-Man as well for his Friday Flash 55.