Searching for Balance

I’ve always loved wee bits that pack a punch (I wonder if that’s why I like haiku, senryū, and my friend Rommy so much…). Anyhoo, below I’ve shared a trio of senryū (or human haiku) that are based on the characters and setting of “The Darker Fringes”, my latest short story. If you read the story, would you mind letting me know if the poetic trio sounds like a micro review of it to you?

between blood and fire,
a woman at the crossroads—
walking in the dark

a man isn’t always
truth shining in the mirror—
bright murk is layered

darker and brighter,
reality kisses myth—
in search of balance

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for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Micro Poetry
and
Poets United, Poetry Pantry 282

Searching for Balance
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Expanding Wee Bits of Dark Fiction and Poetry, 6

Two weeks have gone by since “Weirdest” leapt in defense of her home. I’ve been a tad busy with family birthdays, medical appointments, delighting in the colors of autumn…

But I’m here now, right? And I’ve listed five of the word Bits I’ve shared on Instagram or Facebook this last handful of days. Do leave a comment letting me know which Bit you would like to see grow into a story or a full-length poem. I shall develop the one with the most votes. Please make your choice before Monday, November 23rd at 1:13pm EST.

1) Which bit do you wish me to develop?
2) Would you like your choice to be flash fiction or longer poetry?
3) *optional* Why?

Here is the short list:

“Balance”
Night cannot be avoided;
to preserve vision,
in light,
become the darkness.
– blacked out from the US Marine Corps Field Training Manual

“Inert Brain”
ash and air
in an inert brain—
this is death
– blacked out from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

“Whispers”
crepuscular fall
a forest whispers of death—
in the hearts of poets.
– created from my Edgar Allan Poe magnetic poetry kit

“Be”
Un-earth your senses;
imagine
and be.
– blacked out from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

“Miseries”
Prejudice is the breath of human miseries.
– blacked out from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

Miseries, by Magaly Guerrero