A spider lives inside my head
Who weaves a strange and wondrous web
Of silken thread and silver strings
To catch all sorts of flying things,
Like crumbs of thoughts and bits of smiles
And specks of dried-up tears,
And dust of dreams that catch and cling
For years, and years, and years…
Did you know they crawl mostly at night?
Spinning their webs to snare their prey in the day.
They like warm places.
They dwell in dark recesses .
Sometimes as you sleep they select
an ear or a nose.
A slight tickle may make you fidget as you dream
They just wish a home to feel safe in.
So let them crawl;
over blanket, over pillow, on cheek,
over lips, to the darkness within.
by Philip Wardlow
I have been visiting a lot of sites lately devoted to horror and fantasy. I have mainly being doing this for a two reasons. First, is because I’m actually interested in other people’s stuff because I’m a big fan of both genres. Next, was to see the talent (and competition) that’s out there in horror and fantasy for what’s being published and bench mark myself a little to see if I have what it takes to get published. After reading the good, the bad and the hideous in various publications around the web I would say YES!, I do have what it takes to get published (and paid) for my writing. Anyways there is hope for me yet.
In my fledgling posts here on my blog I am always attempting to have the visitor get a sense of me, where my mind likes to wander and where I may be going in the future with my talents as a writer you may wish to read and check out. To preface the below set up I picked some of my favorite pictures related to aspects of horror or fantasy and wrote a little haiku to capture that very moment or scene. I often will do writing exercises like this to help limber up my brain prior to writing a story.
I would love to hear any comments or thoughts on if I got it “right”…hell I would love to hear your own Haiku of said picture. So please respond if a thought or comment tickles your brain.
The Abbey in the Oakwood
Conan The Warrior
A Door Opens
The Tree of Snakes
Spider on my Arm
So what do you think? Care to give it a go? Should I assume everyone knows how to write in Haiku Form? If not the writing formula is simple, it’s basically 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second and 5 again for the third line. Give it a try..I would love to see what you come up with besides my own stuff..Thanks!