Thursday, January 19, 2012


Hi, everyone,

Well this post came in as a last minute surprise. My wonderful cyber sis, Siv Marie @ Been There, Done That, convinced me to enter into this amazing poetry contest. Now I certainly don't consider myself a poet, but I do have a flair for description. So I decided to look into some of my old work to see if I could find something that might work.

Last April during Arlee Bird's INSANE A-Z challenge, I had posted Flash Fiction with a riddle or twist. I have to admit, some were rather good, or so I've been told. Anyway, as I ruffled through each one, talk about time consuming, I found one that seemed to fit. With a bit of tweaking and restructuring, I managed to squeak out an entry.

I have to say one thing about the challenge, it really got me to write. SO you should all consider signing up. Yes, it is tons of work and insane, but the rewards are many, too many to mention.

Lee and his chosen minions work harder than I have ever seen anyone work. And it's all for us. To get us to write. To get us to meet new bloggers. And most importantly, to get us involved. Thanks guys. YOU are the best.

If by any strange chance you don't know Lee, then drop by his blog and introduce yourself. Click here for easy transport.

 Now for the poem ... I would love to know what you think... I used me E post. (or a variation of)


Palm trees sway from the ocean breezes,
as their fingers beckon to a mysterious stranger.

Crystals of sand skitter across the dunes
as the call of seabirds echo beyond the crashing waves.

A kaleidoscope of colors streak the vast blue sky
as wispy clouds lock together in a celestial dance.

Minute by minute, the sun sinks low into the horizon
as the distant waters inhale the blazing sphere with its final swallow.

Dusty colors blend into one
as each breath of the wind blows them out to sea.

For one brief moment the earth sighs, foreseeing the inevitable.

Composed by the heavens, pinpricks of light pop to a silent orchestra
as a crescent moon glows into a glorious crescendo,
piercing the black velvet sky.

Well, I hope you liked it. If so, and you have the time, drop by the contest and vote or comment... It would be greatly appreciated. Here's the Facebook link.

Have a great day everyone.


  1. Well, if it doesn't win, then there's something wrong with the judges!
    Awesome to hear stories like yours, Michael. The first A to Z Challenge changed my blog forever, which is why I'm such a big supporter. This year is even more insane for me as I have a book release and tour just a month before the Challenge, but I'm going to do everything I can for both causes.
    Appreciate your kind words on my post yesterday. Always gives me a smile!

  2. Wow! What an absolute Smörgåsbord of images that conjures up!

    I can almost feel the sultry breeze on my skin..... :-)

  3. Oh yeah,I can see it,actually I have. I live in the tropics.

    Very nicely done.

  4. thank you, for sharing, i did like it. :-)

    happy day, happy night.

  5. Beautiful poem, such lush imagery. I'm glad Siv talked to you about the contest. :)

    Just found you by way of Alex and Siv.

  6. When farawayeyes says your poem evokes the true spirit of the islands, you know you've done a grand job!

  7. That is beautiful, Michael.
    I did the challenge last year and plan to do it again this year.

  8. Beautiful poem Michael. Thanks for sharing it. I'm not doing the challenge but will watch you all doing it.

  9. That was awesome Michael. Ilike the imagery :)


  10. Wonderful. I want to be there right now :-)

  11. I remember reading this poem. It's so good. I hope you win.

  12. Very pretty, Michael! Thanks for sharing!

  13. * deep longing sigh* Tis lovely, my friend. I shall definitely vote for you!

    Happy New Year my dear, and thank you so much for your beautiful comments on my blog. Friendships never had time limits methinks. I wish I could visit yours more often too. Have a wonderful weekend in beautiful snowy Chicago. xox

  14. Glad you decided to enter and I am looking forward to seeing more of your poetic side :) The imagery here is breathtaking! You know you have my vote.

  15. I'm ready to head back down to the Keys after reading that, don't know about you!

  16. Certainly creates a myriad of images in my mind, Michael!

    Good luck!
    Mary Montague Sikes

  17. I'm no great fan of poems, but love the imagery you have there! :) Have voted for you--good luck!