Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT



I dream in colour,

But now everything is dark,

Where has the light gone?

Oh, cruel leafy canopy?

No green meadow, just blue thoughts.


A spectre haunts me,

Through the trees he drifts slowly,

I hear no weeping,

Just a tall, grey wall of sighs,

Twigs snap, and nothing changes.

© M J Mallon 2017.

Oh dear, that was sad and depressing! …. Why am I always drawn to writing such misery?  Don’t answer that!

Hope you like my Tanka’s (even if they’re sad,) and the contrasting photos I took of the trees.

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Bye for now, time for a smiley Sunday face! It had to be done!




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  1. Oh, the dark comes out of you today, Marie. Maybe that’s how you let it out so the light can replace it. Just like how sometimes I can write the best breakup poetry and I’ve been happily married for almost 33 years now! The images of the trees are breathtaking. Great Tanka. Hugs, Sister. <3

    1. Yes, it’s strange really. Yesterday, I wrote a humour piece for Carrot Ranch’s flash fiction competition and today I’m at the opposite spectrum! I must be bipolar! Oh dear. Hugs to you Colleen. I love taking photos of trees. These were near my work, both gorgeous trees had to snap ’em!

  2. Hi Marje. I think there’s something intriguing about turning off the happy colors in poetry and writing about the dark side of life. I get enticed at times also. The first B/W photo is very spooky-looking. Loved your tankas. <3

  3. This is a lovely poem – and literally haunting. The contrasting photos of the tree are also very powerful. I think mature trees have a strong spiritual presence. No wonder Tolkien brought them to life in The Lord of the Rings, and I’m sure other authors have done so too. I reviewed “The Curse of Time” recently and should have mentioned the poems which you included in your book – they made a strong impression on me, and increased the richness of the story.

    1. Thank you Sheila. I love photographing trees and they inspired me to write these poems. Thank you so much for reviewing The Curse of Time. I read your review with great interest. Your comments are very perceptive and thoughtful. Thank you too for mentioning the poetry in the book in your comnent here. It’s good to know you found the poetry added something extra to the narrative particularly as the puzzle piece Tankas were added much later on in the writing process. I am so glad I decided to do this. 🙂

  4. “No green meadow, just blue thoughts”…
    I love it… and how interesting that you wrote “blue thoughts”—> it literally made me think of the expression “Feeling blue”. Plus, contray to red, which symbolizes passion, blue represents thinking. So excellent choice… Beautiful poetry, I don´t think it was deppresing at all… ((Poetry most times is, anyway)… Much love! 😀

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