Well with a prompt like that from Ron there is just no way that I wouldn’t join in with the Haiku prompt challenge this week. Who could say no? Not me for sure.
Here’s a link to Ron’s blog if you’d like to join his weekly challenge:
I just love Crystals, and they feature in my writing.
Hope and Crystals kind of go hand in hand don’t they?
But perhaps with light there is always a touch of darkness, so with my haiku I am going to focus on the idea of unrequited love.
We all have at some time in our lives experienced differing degrees of unrequited relationships. In my experience I remember one such case when I was very young, it wasn’t love, it was a touch of infatuation. I fancied this young chap, and to be honest I kind of made it pretty obvious that I liked him. We did go out on a date but it was no fun at all, he just dumped me in the middle of the night in Edinburgh not caring how I got home or if I got home. In his eyes I think it was a bit of a prank to play on me, he must have thought I had been chasing him and perhaps he didn’t even fancy me. Anyway it was very upsetting and the memory of it still remains with me to this day. But it did teach me one thing, anyone that behaves in such an uncaring and unpleasant way can’t be worthy of my attention let alone of a relationship with me. So this curly haired young chap did me a favour in a way, his behaviour made me a little more reticent perhaps in chasing after a boy. I never went out with curly haired boys ever again! Instead I chose dark haired guys with straight hair, played it cool, let the boys do the running and the boys seemed to like that! So girls, take a tip from me, keep an aura of mystique and let the guy do the chasing.
Thereafter nobody broke my heart, not that he did, but he dented my pride. I have been lucky in love, and for that I am very blessed, so the haiku at the end of this blog post ends on a positive note.
So with that in mind let’s return back to Ron’s prompt words Crystal and Hope, by introducing you to a photo that I took of a very special crystal grotto, isn’t it spectacular?
I wrote a post way back about this amazing place called Juniper Artland where I photographed this grotto, “The Light That Pours Out Of Me,” by Anya Gallacio, so perhaps if you’ve been following my blog for a long while you will remember it. If not, then here it is, (it’s always worth a multiple visit, so do click on the link):
Juniper Artland is a must see recommendation f you are ever in Scotland, it really is an amazingly inspiring place, here’s some of the other links on my blog in which I feature my response to sculptures at this wonderful Artland (via my photography and poetry) :
So this is my haiku inspired by Anya Gallacio’s magnificent Crystal grotto:
The Grotto of Unrequited Love
His promise ring sits,
Crystal bright on my finger,
Mockery of hope.
In tearful pieces,
Hope’s sweet embrace lost in stone,
Cruel, a clear cut edge.
Pain’s ocean rages,
Knife to fortune’s longing heart,
Hope’s pathway crumbles.
Crystal deep ridges,
Bury far inside my soul,
Lips lock hope’s tomfoolery,
Final kiss goodbye.
Fool I, to want you,
Curly haired lover,
Hope’s cheeky prankster .
Darkness fills my soul, echoes,
Past sorrows return.
Now, forgotten, forgiven,
Replaced by love’s light.
In Crystal Grotto,
Forever, hope, sparkles bright,
Love finds its sweet way.
© Marjorie Mallon 2016 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
Do comment and let me know what you thought of my haikus, and of course the amazing Juniper Artland.
Today I’m off work, so I’m doing a bit of blogging this morning, then off to Tai Chi, later in the day I have lots of chores to catch up on, sigh, if only I could do them like this!
Bye for now,
Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx
What a horrible man to do that to you, Marje. I think you had a very lucky escape and I bet he’s still single.
Who knows Hugh, maybe he grew up and learnt a lesson or two, there’s no way of telling. But you’re right I suppose looking back it could have been a lot worse.
This is all too much for me Marje to take at once. You have really let your heart and past memories take over the haiku challenge this week. 9 haiku in a linked theme, I have never even seen a Japanese sensei go to this level. I trust the crystal grotto fulfils all expectations.
Yes it most certainly does, and I did get a bit carried away!! Funny where Ron’s prompt words take us isn’t it?
that is awful but as you said you learned a lesson and he sure did not deserve you- you got lucky dear Marje!
Yes, I reckon I did get lucky. Lynz. 🙂
big red flag and he lost!
Wow, you were really inspired by these prompt words this week. Great haiku! There are some awesome lines here, ‘Mockery of hope’, ‘In tearful pieces’, ‘Hope’s cheeky prankster’, ‘Love finds its sweet way’ . . . love it! The haiku combined told a love story. Well done! <3
Thank you Vashti. Yes I really got well and truly involved with this weeks prompts! Appreciate your kind words. Have a very happy weekend. All best, Marje x
Thank you Marje. You have a great week!
You too Vashti…:)
Amazing haiku– they feel almost Shakespearian with their poetry and drama. I also ‘enjoyed’ your personal tale and am glad your life moved on to much better experiences.
Thank you Janice, what praise! So kind of you. 🙂
This was a beautifully written Haiju Marje. I loved your story before. There are just some of those people who lurk who haven’t learned life lessons yet. I love the way you stood tall and your words, ‘your heart wasn’t broken, but your pride was dented.’ We live and learn. 🙂
Yes we do Debby, life is full of these little lessons, that are at the time a bit uncomfortable or even painful, but we learn from them, and move on. Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words. 🙂
What an idiot to leave you stranded like that!
I thought these were great haiku Marje, my favourites being the curly-haired lover, and the last one with love finding it’s way 🙂
Thank you so much Judy, you’re comments mean so much. And yes he was a bit of an idiot!!
My pleasure Marje. I enjoyed reading the story that inspired the haiku 🙂
Thank you Judy, that’s interesting to know, I don’t tend to share personal details very often, but the odd little snippet can’t do any harm I suppose.. 🙂
No, I don’t think so, especially if it was from a long time ago. 🙂
Thanks Marje for including me in your #Girllove blog challenge and I have responded today.. Debby Gies had also nominated so hope you do not mind sharing the limelight. hugs
Not at all Sally, even better. xx
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/girllove-blog-challenge-thanks-marjorie-mallon-and-d-g-kaye/ helps if you leave the link!!
Incredibly well done! So sorry you had that experience.
Thanks for your kind words. 🙂
So many haiku, and all of them good! My favorite is probably the last one.