Hi! Here is Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 282. This week is a theme prompt selected by Harmony, “The Longest Day.”
I went with a haibun but also used this picture for inspiration or an ekphrastic.
Point of View
I started this journey so long ago. Every corner turned, I’d find another identical rocky path. It’s been day after day of the same. Each day is longer than the one before it. Although there is food, water, and a place to rest, there are also unpleasant reminders that others have made the same trek. Having no choice, I have only added to that. Occasionally, I’d see a golden light off in the distance shimmering through the open-top tunnel. Encouraged, I quickened my pace toward it. Finally, when I got there, the light would disappear, and I’d be back in the darkness. It’s been a cruel game that has gone on for too long. The promise of finding the meaning of life no longer held my interest. I didn’t care anymore. The problem was, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find my way out of this torture chamber. When I realized I had been looking at this from the wrong perspective. I climbed the wall.
a different view
exposes life’s labyrinth
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There is something enticing about mazes.
I agree, Jacqui there sure is.
Fantastic, Denise! Oh for that different view! Love this 💕🙂
Thank you, Harmony 🙂 Great theme, I couldn’t pass it up!
Our journey is like a maze. We eventually find the light, our purpose, etc. Yet, the journey does not fully end…it continues.
Well done, Dense
It really is, Karen! Just a different perspective keeps us going on a journey that continues on past what we see or know. Hugs xo
Beautifully profound, Denise!
Thank you, Jan 🙂 xo
This is a true life lesson 💜💜
Thank you, Willow, getting a new perspective is so necessary sometimes.
Yes it is isn’t it 💜
Very cool! And nice image. Is it from Maze Runner?
Thanks, Sara 🙂 I found that picture on Canva. They didn’t mention Maze Runner.
I loved this haibun! You encapsulated the longest day and ended it with a change in perspective. Very nice twist. 💜
Thanks, Colleen 🙂 It was an intriguing theme to work from. Couldn’t pass it up. Xo
Same here! I love the challenges that make us stretch our creativity. You did great! ❤️
Lol, sometimes that’s all it takes- a different perspective. Love this, Denise 🙂
Yes it does, Jacquie! Gotta get my climbing shoes on 😉
What a solution! Climbing the wall – great metaphor Denise! Well-done.
Thank you, Balroop 🙂
This is very intriguing, Denise.
Thank you, Jude!
This was fantastic, Denise! I loved the ending! Climb over the wall! Haha! If only we could realize how simple the solution is instead of frustrating ourselves. Great poem! 🙂
Thank you, Yvette 🙂 So true the frustration we could avoid! Seeing that bigger picture.
Wonderfully said, Denise! It’s so true in life. You just turned on a light bulb for us! Excellent pros and poem! 🙂
Thank you, Miriam 🙂 Sometimes we just need a different perspective in life don’t we?
Exactly, when we’re too close to our situation, it’s hard to be objective. We may need someone to wake us up! 🙂
Well done. The writing was poignant. It drained me while reading it. That’s a good thing. It did its job:)
Thanks, Sandra 🙂 Sorry about the draining but glad it got a response! Hugs xo
Thinking outside the box! Reminded me of a Star Trek episode with Captian Kirk…. He is in a training simulation that never ends well. He disabled the program to ‘survive’. 😀
I remember that episode and always thought he came up with a clever response 🙂
Then again Kirk was a rebel of sorts 🙂
Heartfelt and lovely, Denise. I think many of us can relate to that.
But the meaning of life… Didn’t you know? It’s 42. Just ask anyone hitchhiking around the galaxy. 😉 Hugs on the wing.
LOL! Once I climbed to that top I could see that 42 very clearly, Teagan 😉 xo
What a powerful haiku, Denise! I love the image of “life’s labyrinth”. So, so true! ❤️
Thank you, Gwen xo