#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 282 #THEMEPROMPT #haibun #Ekphrastic #poetrycommunity

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

journey continues


40 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 282 #THEMEPROMPT #haibun #Ekphrastic #poetrycommunity”

    1. 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

    1. Thanks, Sara 🙂 I found that picture on Canva. They didn’t mention Maze Runner.

    1. Thanks, Colleen 🙂 It was an intriguing theme to work from. Couldn’t pass it up. Xo

  1. 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! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Yvette 🙂 So true the frustration we could avoid! Seeing that bigger picture.

    1. Thank you, Miriam 🙂 Sometimes we just need a different perspective in life don’t we?

  2. 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’. 😀

  3. 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.

    1. LOL! Once I climbed to that top I could see that 42 very clearly, Teagan 😉 xo

  4. What a powerful haiku, Denise! I love the image of “life’s labyrinth”. So, so true! ❤️

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