General Poetry posted October 13, 2018

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Dedicated to our resident ghost.

For Boo the Ghost

by Sally Law

Halloween Tanka Contest Winner 

~~To Boo~~

Tempted me he did!
The ghastly apparition--
lost his head it seems.
But, All Hallows' Eve will come,
at midnight he will expire!


Halloween Tanka
Contest Winner


Around the first of October, an apparition appeared to me on FanStory. A spooky ghost named Boo! Mysteriously floating through the pages of my writing, leaving a few clues, but no fingerprints. He was not of this earth.

He became a fan and I returned in kind. New to our writers forum I said to myself.

Tempted me yesterday with my weakness, a contest. But not just any contest, tanka poetry.

He knows this is my great flaw. For no poetry is mine, only stories. I felt studied, lured like an innocent pup with a chew toy! Oh, the wicked offering! I bit and here I am.

So today, I respond with poetry and pen. And, to Boo, I dedicate my first tanka offering.

Tanka poetry:
Line 1 - 5 syllables
Line 2 - 7 syllables
Line 3 - 5 syllables
Line 4 - 7 syllables
Line 5 - 7 syllables

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