Graveyard Shift


A ghost can’t be afraid of the dark. Can they?

Abby wouldn’t have thought so when she was alive. But now she knew. She was still as afraid of the dark as she’d always been. She hated waking up in the pitch dark mausoleum. Even though, now she could see in the dark. See her relatives stretching and waking. Hear old great great granny grumbling about her coffin being too small.

She’d been a precocious child and now she was a precocious ghost. Thoughtful and worried about doing things just right. But how are you supposed to haunt someone properly when you are afraid of your own boo’s?

Tonight the full moon shone bright in the crisp autumn sky. An abundance of stars twinkled. Making it seem like the ghosts were wearing sparkling costumes.

Old great great granny patted her on the head.

“Come now. Time for your lessons. You’ll have to learn the lore of the thirteen days leading up to All Hallows Eve.”

© RedCat



Written for the first day of Sammi Cox’s 13 Days of Samhain (volume ii) – A Horror / Halloween Writing Prompt Challenge



Image credits:

First image: Photo by Attila Lisinszky on Unsplash

Second image: Photo by Julia Kadel on Unsplash

13 Days of Samhain (volume ii) – A Horror / Halloween Writing Prompt Challenge

This sounds like a fun challenge for this time of the year. :-)

Sammi Cox

I’m a little late sharing this year’s Samhain writing prompts but after the fun of last year I thought it was a chance I couldn’t pass up. (For those interested, you can find last year’s prompts here).

So, without further ado, here are the 13 prompts for 2021, with the first prompt beginning tomorrow, 20th October, and the last prompt, Day 13, falling on November 1st:

If you do decide to join in, I hope you have lots and lots of fun.  Write whatever you wish, as long as it is inspired by that day’s prompt.  Here’s a little graphic / badge for anyone who wants it:

For last year’s challenge, I wrote a tanka in response to each prompt. For this year…I’m still undecided as to what I will write. We shall have to wait and see what tomorrow brings :-D

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Monday Musings, September 6th – A Haibun


It’s been two weeks since I wrote a poem for the blog. Instead I’ve been busy writing mostly prose for my creative writing courses and reading and responding to other participants’ texts. I’ve also spent a weekend on the first mandatory group get together. Before getting on the train I had grand plans of what I was going to write for the blog in the evenings. That turned out to be utterly naive of me. When evenings came I was so tired I took long walks and then fell into bed without even having dinner.

Before this I had managed to build a routine writing poetry mostly in the weekday evenings and during the weekends. Now I have to build a new one reading and writing during the day, every day. Which has totally disrupted the old one. Right now I oscillate between being content I’ve kept every assignment deadline so far and feeling like a failure because I haven’t updated the blog. It will take some time to find a new equilibrium.

Honing my pen craft

Shedding papers like fall leaves

Waiting for calm winds

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.



Image credits:

First image: Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash
Third photo: Photo by Cedric Verstraete on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 25th – Rain


It’s been raining on and off all day. With a few splashes of sunlight in between. It’s still fairly warm, but autumn is lurking around the edges. Small changes is leaf colour. A chill in morning and late night air. The migratory birds is busy eating all they can before they fly off. Most bumblebees, bees and wasps are gone. Occasionally there’s a butterfly to be seen. We’re in the betwixt and between weeks. When one season is being changed for another.

Before summer goes

She dances with wild Notus

As wet hot winds blow

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.



Image credits:

First image: Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash
Second image: Statue of Notus (or Notos), Greek god of the south wind, at the Palace of the Four Winds in Warsaw, from Wiki Commons
Third image: Photo by seth schwiet on Unsplash

Under a Golden Harvest Moon – A Triple Prayer


Under a golden harvest moon
I give thanks for the Goddess boon
Cleansed by her mystical light
Has freed my heart’s desire to write
Enabled me to process what has been
Find the healing Goddess muse within
Explore the passion in my heart
Down a new life-path start

Under a golden harvest moon
Give thanks for the Goddess boons
Bathed in her magical light
Feel fortified and ready to fight
Discover her path to find your twin
The healing Goddess spark within
Explore the passions in your heart
Find your soul’s true art

Under a golden harvest moon
We give thanks for the Goddess boons
Blessed by her mystic light
We see our purpose in our inner sight
Gathered with our witch kin
Each shining with Goddess glow within
We feel faith in our hearts
As each on their quest starts

©RedCat


Yesterday the nearly full harvest moon shone bright in the deep blue sky. My evening walk turned into a meditation of sorts. Keeping her in my sight as much as possible. 

Lines of poetry started to run through my head. Spoken by my three witches. Resulting in this triple prayer. One for me, one for you, and one for everyone of us.



Image credits:

First image: Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by Haley Owens on Unsplash
Third image: Photo by Halanna Halila on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 21th – Golden Harvest Moon


The deep blue sky is filled with a golden harvest moon. Filling my heart with joy. Calming my whirlwind mind.
Making me draw deeper calmer breaths. Filling my imagination with energy that let’s imagination take flight.
Blessing me with seeds of dreams to cultivate tonight.

Golden harvest moon

Together with blue Neptune

Bestow mystic boons

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.



Image credits:

First image: Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Second image: Photo by NASA on Unsplash
Third image: Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

Daily Haibun, August 20th – Travel plans


Today, for the first time since the pandemic started I’ve made travel plans. Not abroad, just another city. But by now that feels like a grand adventure. To add to the excitement I’ll get to meet new people. The others in one of my creative writing classes. Right now I feel as giddy and nervous as the first time I went on a longer trip alone. It’s surprising how quickly, I mean it’s just under two years, I went from one traveling frequently to one totally home bound.

As autumn winds blow

Time’s come to change, learn and grow

Travel with the flow

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.



Image credits:

First image: Photo by Roland Lösslein on Unsplash
Second image: Sakletare, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Third image: Johan Jönsson (Julle), CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Forth image: Image by David Castor (user:dcastor). (All users photos are placed in Category:Images by David Castor or a subcategory thereof.), CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


Daily Haibun, August 18th – Fear Of Judgment


Today was deadline for the first writing assignment. I’ve been done since the weekend. Even so I waited. Knowing I shouldn’t tinker to much with the text but… fearing judgment! I realized, after some thought. I haven’t really felt that way when submitting anywhere. When submitting you either get a polite – Thanks, but no thanks. Or a joyous Yes please! And when participating in the writing prompts people tell you what they like, not what they don’t like.

This time the text will be read and critiqued by a small circle. And that fills with with the dread of every once bullied child. Will I measure up? Will I be accepted?

The rest of the day was spent flitting from one task to the next in nervousness. I haven’t even been able to read the others text yet. For fear I will find myself sorely lacking. This will be a true test if I can judge myself kindly.

Do leaves fear falling?

Judgement for its fall colours?

My colours are me

©RedCat



Read other Haibun’s written for the monthly dVerse prompt by me here.

Read other Daily Haibun’s here.



Image credits:

First image: Photo by Sora Shimazaki on Pexels.com
Second image: Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Third image: Photo by Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.com


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