#Poetrychallenge – colour and creepy


The bees – a haiban

The bees were swarming. The children watched from behind the safety of the window glass as the vicious creatures swept through the garden; a threatening cloud of angry insects, attacking anything in their path.

A number of the bees hit the glass, smashing into it like kamikazi pilots. The loud buzzing of the swarm could be heard through the glass, a frightening sound to the children who had experienced swarming before. They had watch a similar swarm attack their dog the previous summer, stinging the poor animal over fifty times. George had died later at the veterinary clinic.

When the swarm had passed on the children inspected the many dead bodies on the window sill and ground underneath the window. There was a certain grim pleasure in seeing so much death.

The poison moved fast

Threatening her existence

Who would have believed

A bee sting could change a life

setting a different tone


Stormy weather – a tanka

Threatening clouds group

Staining the sky a dark grey

Nature has a plan

Thunder shatters the stillness

And saturating rain falls

by Robbie Cheadle

These poems were written for Colleen Chesebro’s weekly poetry challenge. You can join in the fun here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/10/09/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-105-color-creepy-synonymsonly/


57 thoughts on “#Poetrychallenge – colour and creepy

      1. I know, Robbie. Luckily I only got stung once. I thought it was a bug, and I brushed it away and the bee thought I hit it so it stung me.
        I finally got the manuscript back from my editor. Now I have some work to do. I have been sick with the flue for a week. So I haven’t made any post. Hope to visit your posts soon. Have a wonderful weekend. Do something for fun!

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    1. We haven’t had any thunderstorms yet, TAndy. October is suicide month. I hope so, I still have pain and my ankle isn’t right yet. I hope I don’t have to go back to the doctor. Who would have thought a little bee could cause such a problem.

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  1. The poor dog. 😦 I remember when our dog used to try and catch bees in his mouth when he was a puppy. He never could understand why we screamed NO each time. Then he got stung on the outside of his mouth – never tried it again.

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