Sitting in the dark of early morning and listening to rain and hail beating against my window, Muse started to suggest a few words to start me off on a new journey. The few words offered were the title phrase.
And In My Dreams - 30 Dec 12
A tender voice Whispered Told me of her Love For me Promised Eternity together
Waves sang a soft song Whispering Telling tales Of days gone by and Days to come Secrets
Rose held in both our hands Whisper soft Red petals hold our desires Carry our thoughts Eternity in a moment We share
The poem first posted here three days ago has been re-written after it was pointed out to me that it could be split into two related poems. So now I offer the new version, presented as a Tanka and an Haikū envoi. Hoping you like the new offering.
Frosted Night [re-written] - 08 & 11 Dec 12
Moon ~ her beauty shines Encrusted ~ a thousand stars Frosted night Dragons Sky diamonds shine brightly Amid enchanted dreaming
Crystal shards ~ glitter On fields of velvet darkness Reflecting the glow
Thanks are due to dani harris for her suggestion ~ I always consider any suggestions carefully...especially if they are polite. [smiling as I type]
Another of the late night or rather, early morning, creations when Muse kept insisting that I made a note of the lines that were forming in my mind. Glad she did because I nearly forgot that I had even created the note.
Frosted Night - 08 Dec 12
Moon Encrusted Frosted night Sky diamonds shine Crystal shards On fields of darkness Reflect the glow
Not so strange that poems should grow in darkness.
More from the Haikū hand written archives for your delight and delectation. Peruse - 04 May 10 Soul reading your tale Peruse the legend you left For others to see Imagination - 04 May 10 Imagination Taking minds and thoughts...upward Into playful heights Dance - 05 May 10 Dreaming of your touch Wanting your fingertip dance Across my body
dani wrote an Haikū and I felt inspired to add one to complete the sequence. Hers first then mine... and if i tell you that i love you a million times ... will you love me then? I already love... your words would be in the way of kisses I give Ally - 05 May 10 Through troubled times I will get through easily You are my ally
So pleased to have permission to repost one of dani's Haikū here along with my response. There will be more offerings soon and maybe a new poem too.
Another post from the fairly recent past, dani harris and I submitted our offerings to Spark and were pleased to collaborate on another [we feel] successful work. Incidentally, the square bracket around the "s" in the title refers to the fact that the first two pieces have essentially the same title but dani makes it a plural form.
In the very early hours of the day, an hour had barely formed, when Muse asked me to make a note of some images which were forming in my thoughts. The poem grew quite rapidly and I now present it here.
Huntress - 13 Nov 12
Bird on the wing She watches Fleet of foot Huntress dances through My dreams
Sings to her bird Spirals in … touches me Pinpricks Huntress smiles Takes me in her arms
Caresses Licks blood droplets From my arm Kisses and entices Requesting…inviting
The bird looks deep within The huntress ~ even deeper They know me I wake and a feather Rests on my pillow
I just Love how these poems grow, inspired by my Muse.
This poem grew rapidly from two points of inspiration. the first, as so often the case, came from a piece of music I was listening to and the second from thoughts of someone special. I offer it for your reading pleasure.
Wandering Dreams - 06 Nov 12
You lost your thoughts In the dreams of another He took them Squandered them Wasted the love You gave
When I saw them Floating on the breeze Lost ~ flying without aim I gathered them ~ took them In my arms Offered my love to them
Took you into my dream You smiled at me Requested me to hold You and your dreams Give them purpose again Let them grow
Offered your kiss Your tender smile In your gentle hands Love grew and flourished Our dreams Took flight
It is really lovely when Muse brings inspiration to me, I am always most grateful.
As I lay awake between periods of deep sleep, listening through my open window to the rain singing on the porch roof, words started to form in my mind. Half this poem grew at that time and the rest came as I read what had already been formed, this afternoon. This is the first acrostic poem to emerge for quite a long time.
She Touched Me - 11 Oct 12
Songs she sang
Have stayed with me forever
Time carried my thoughts
Over space through worlds and
Underworlds where galaxies shone
Creating diamond vistas
Eternal promise in our
Messages passed from Heart to Heart
Once again Muse asked me to make a note of my words before they are forgotten, she was right and reading them today allowed completion.
The title line "Dreams of Eden" had been wandering through my mind for the whole of the day yesterday, suddenly it all seemed to come together with a series of songs that are often in my mind. All but the last stanza was completed before I went to bed and part of the final stanza appeared when I was in bed, Muse reminded me to make a note of what came at that time.
When you finish reading the poem I would suggest following the links to YouTube to listen to my references.
Dreams of Eden - 01 Oct 12
The dreams of Eden
Still echo through my mind
And slumber with the thoughts
I still harbour
Of our times together
In restless dreams
Through places that others
But only in my Eden
I have seen
Splinters of evening
I feel you ~ I touch you ~ you touch me
Our Souls still wander
Through the gardens
And taste the flowers
Worlds dance on their way
Round the suns like
But always we have
The links to the references made in each stanza...
This poem was written just after "Midnight" was completed and the writing of this was accompanied by listening to music. One of the pieces was "Amoureuse" by Kiki Dee and the line "...rainfall on other planets..." spoke to me again and I was transported ~ again.
Worlds - 18 Sep 12
Sunsets on worlds That are reflected in the Starlight Of our dreams
We have watched As the fires of the days Fade into beautiful embers Into the dark of blissful night
Stars in constellations Lost against the shine Of a galaxy That lights the night
During most of the evening [of 17 Sep] the word "Midnight" had been wandering around in my mind but I could not find anything with which to associate it. At about 02:00, however, this poem started to grow, almost fully formed and with a couple of really minor alterations is what you see here.
Midnight - 18 Sep 12
Midnight A whispered prayer Gossamer thoughts Fragrant ideas born Of things in shadowed memories
Shadowed memories of Midnight Ideas held suspended In places Where light seldom goes
Light plays In fevered memories Midnight Times when old thoughts Seldom play
Play the games From when we were young And dreamt that Midnight Was somewhere we could go
Somewhere in our thoughts A secret place We always held hands And held the thoughts of Midnight
I rather like the way that the word "Midnight" wanders through the poem and that the first line of each stanza contains an echo of the last line of the preceding one.
Muse seems to be setting a new pattern for the times I am prompted to write, just as well I do not mind. This new poem was started at just after 05:00 and finished fairly soon after I woke later in the morning.
Words - 16 Sep 12
Her tongue wrapped around Her words Warmed them Moistened them Let them fly
My ears gathered them Let them flow Listened to their song Asked me to sing along *** My Heart took some words Shaped them Gently took them Wrapped them in Love Offered them
Her lips kissed them Held them in a way To show those words Were ours
"Morning" that's my story and I am sticking to it ☺
I lay awake in the night listening to the rain beating down and Muse suggested, rather strongly, that I wrote down what I was thinking. When I woke, more words started flowing and the whole thing came together.
Night Storm Spills - 27 Aug 12
Gathering wind Rustles leaves Shaking branches Owls are silent ~ expectant Waiting for the storm
Rain on an already Saturated Ground Flows To an already full stream
Night ~ silent but for wind Storm ~ lashes the land Spills ~ its rain
I feel that this poem works even though it didn't grow in the way I expected ~ thank you Muse for the prompts.
While writing the outro for "Competition" I said "Getting the feeling that this is the first poem of a pair." Within a few moments of posting it here on Muse, the first words of the second poem started to form, so here is the second poem...constructed as a "count up" form.
Harmony - 12 Aug 12
Giving my Soul
New words to sing
Relief from the competition
Scurry for the shade
Harmony ~ songs of Love
Now fill my thoughts
She touches me
A flame is lit
Gives me a smile and a song
I think it works rather well. Maybe more poems like this will appear soon. Thank you Muse.
A new poem wandered into my mind, with gentle encouragement from Muse, it grew fairly quickly and I present it here. The structure of a "count down" wasn't actually intended originally but I felt that it was good and I continued till it was complete.
Competition - 12 Aug 12
Emptiness tried to claim me
Loneliness was already here
The melancholy choir
Cobwebs on unused dreams
Did nothing but collect dust
And hide the light
From my eyes
Felt that all I saw
All I felt
Began to hear
And then an Angel sang
Getting a feeling that this is the first poem of a pair ~ it this is the case, then part two will appear before too long, I hope.
Another collaboration by dani harris and myself that was originally published in Spark 14
[ http://www.getsparked.org/spark14/dani-harris-and-ainsley-allmark-4 ]
The response photograph ~ an Haiga, at the end of this post, is now the correct image for Spark 14. The image originally posted on that site was posted in error and has now been amended for me, by Amy ~ the creator of the Spark concept ~ and I thank her here.
by dani harris
if not for the Moon
would there be no tides?
no gentle surf to wade in
or raging seas to fear?
if not for the Moon
dancing with the Sea
would She retreat
or unleash Her greatest fury?
the Moon will always be
companion to the Sea
pulling Her closer to Him
if ever She tries to break free
the magic of a day
by dani harris
the sun came up
shining her love upon the world
warming hearts and souls
clouds passed by for a very short while
shedding tears of joy upon the green earth
a rainbow smiled
spreading her beauty
far and wide from hill to hill
the morning wind danced
with the trees in the forest
to sweet melodies sung by the birds
bees snuck kisses from flowers
while butterflies tickled their leaves
and fat furry catapillars giggled in delight
the sea waved hello to the rivers
as they rushed to greet her
happy to be coming home
the fish did as fish do
and swam in circles
playing tag or hide-and-seek
after a long day
the sun warmed the oceans with her parting
as she settled down to rest
the evening breeze hummed a faint tune
while the night was busy
wrapping the world in his safe embrace
the moon just smiled
when the stars peeked out
and began to twinkle one-by-one
then it all started over again…
the sun came up
shining her love upon the world
the entire time
i thought about you
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all the entrants to the various segments.
The first few lines of this poem were born a few days ago followed by a kind of silence. Maybe it was a little joke by Muse, given the title of the poem. I'm really not certain what was happening but today the rest of the poem was suddenly birthed.
The Sounds of Time - 08 & 15 Jul 12
Susurration Sand between fingers Sensuously Slide
Slipping under feet Sea kisses our toes Sowing new memories Seeding dreams
Slow Seconds Stretch into hours Stretch into days
Sounds of time Secret songs Sung out loud Souls in harmony
I'm puzzled by the alliteration and not certain how it was formed but I do like the effect.
Yesterday another poem in the Reality series started to grow ~ from the final stanza forward. Quite unusual for the last lines to come formed before anything else. It was completed this afternoon and I now present it here.
Reality Seven ~ Reality - 07 & 08 Jul 12
In our play She led us deep… Deep within the forest Into the Halls Of Poseidon
Amethysts shone Diamonds lit the way Our eyes reflected The beauty Skin glowed
We swam again In Ocean’s warmth Our thoughts entwined Dreams blended Our tails Moved in synchrony
Contagious smile Caressed me Said… Welcome home
It may be that this is the final poem in the Reality series - I feel that completion has been achieved but who knows what Muse knows.
I was supposed to be watching a DVD but Muse had other ideas and she started to steer me along a rather interesting path. I am often puzzled by what takes me into these places but am always well rewarded by the experience.
Waiting for Me - 06 Jul 12
Her breathing Slow Shallow Regular Her smile Warmer than fire
Walking through The chambers of my mind The hidden secret places That only dream Uncovered …Incompletely
She knew How to look past The images The ancient myths I inhabited Unconsciously
Saw me Looked At the dreams Knew me Looked at my dreams Entered them
Entered me Looked in all the places That I knew Have been Want to go Will touch
In slow gentle breath Said Let us go there See what we can find In our new worlds Seeking
This poem grew suddenly in the very early hours, the day was but a few hours old, Muse wouldn't allow me to relax but insisted that it was placed in a document and transferred to this blog immediately. I know better than to argue with Muse and her recommendations.
Panther in the Night - 01 Jul 12
Eyes ~ black Like polished coal Cut through me Touched me deep within Framed in green
Watched me Purred In the night Light rain ~ misted dark Jewelled fur
She lay beside me Took my hand ~ smiled Held me close I felt her warm breath On my neck
Sensuously She writhed against me Whispered ~ "...now my Love" In the darkness Panther
I feel that this is one of the better flow poems and hope you do too.
This is the second of, what is turning out to be, a new series of poems. I did wonder when "Reality" appeared and was revealed to be somewhat unusual in content. Now it is confirmed that the Reality sequence is to continiue.
Another Reality - 05 Jun 12
Casting shadows on the sun A moon-dark day Over the sea of madness Where voices chant A litany of wordless songs In ancient languages
Maidens walk the leopards Through woodland lanes As the ivy watches From treetops bare And blackbirds Sing an anthem
Thank you Muse for the inspiration for this piece ~ looking forward to the next poem.
After another long gap something has appeared, it feels to me that it is the first part of a new on-going series of fantasy poems. I shall have to wait and see what Muse suggests to me about what might come next.
Reality - 03 Jun 12
On the edge of reality Where suns and moons shine With unexpected colours And winged horses Fly through mountainous Skies
There dreams take shape Before the dance begins Words crystallise Into lines For Muses to sing Into being
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