© Colleen Chesebro


Diana Peach selected the image for this week’s photo prompt. It’s an image from Pixabay.com, compliments of “Pretty sleepy.”

Colleen says, “Remember, we can see what’s in the image, so write your poem using the image as an inspiration. Don’t just describe what you see in the image. Use your imagination. Open your third eye and see what’s behind the red door! Think about metaphor and allegory. Just remember to check what form you’re using. Some of the Japanese forms frown upon the use of metaphors.”

I have chosen an Etheree , a single one as I believe time is a thief and we are it’s slaves so this is a tale of one half. Yet you can read it from top to bottom or bottom to top.

image from Pixabay pretty sleepy


So philosopher of many colours
We are your slaves, and so, bound to you.
Yes master of theft you steal time.
We stand outside the portal
Imagining what lies
Beyond the red doors
A Universe?
A planet?

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ben Alexander
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 17:33:08

    Yet you can read it from top to bottom or bottom to top.

    How cool is that, Willow? Wow! I love this 🙂



  2. Eugenia
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 17:39:00

    I enjoyed the ending leaving us with much to ponder. ❤️


  3. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 17:50:40

    Knock.. if we dare.


  4. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Feb 15, 2022 @ 18:05:26

    Very nice, Willow! I like where the image led you. ❤


  5. TanGental
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 07:32:18

    Very clever. I’m normally left rather cold with syllabic poetry as a form but you nailed this one.


  6. D. Wallace Peach
    Feb 16, 2022 @ 23:22:38

    Wonderful, Willow. I love where you went with this, and you used the form effortlessly.


  7. Chel Owens
    Feb 18, 2022 @ 01:44:53

    Ooh! Something is coming!
    By the way, Willow, I got your poetry submission but didn’t realize there’s no poem. The form must have malfunctioned somehow. I hope you have it saved somewhere because I would love to include it in the ‘contest.’


  8. Chel Owens
    Feb 18, 2022 @ 05:48:18



  9. yvettemcalleiro
    Feb 19, 2022 @ 14:23:07

    Brilliant, Willow! I love your poem. 🙂


  10. Abubaker Jandan
    Feb 20, 2022 @ 04:59:31

    Nice and useful article, thank you


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