Daily Prompt – Prickle

A garden path,
a tricky roundabout.
Malevolent shark fins.
Mr. Puffball with a Spanish cowlick,
laying on Icicle Fantastic –

Large literal pimples
in a hatchway wedge
take up arms, then thumb a sneer
as they shoot “BOOM!” –
Who shot the weariest cannon
but managed to keep their shoes?

A waterslide
leading to a black button,
curves over a bumpy road
and smacks into a stone step.
Happy Rollies, Tufted Beeries;
Sad clowns….murderous kids.

An empress’s bejewelled shoe
leads its mistress over the threshold,
taking care not to slip
over the smoothest surface
the world has ever seen.

Mmmm…watch out!
Look at the cracks in between;
then remember to press the black button.
Let the drawbridge lower itself –
but don’t stub your little toe
in the process of doing so.

I don’t talk this much, no.
I am usually silent.
But in the midst of tiptoe-ing
I seem to make an involuntary utter
that sounds like “ting-ting-ting”…

You can loop my useless feet
like a cherry, and sting my arms
with the tip of your sweet tongue,
but be careful not to swallow!

Momma used to say
that a rose has its thorns;
so how can a rose shorn
of all its little prickles
be that rose any longer?

© Zelda Reville


I’ve used Daniel’s Kakuzen (the zen of writing) specifically for this exercise, and it’s turned into a very trippy automatic writing experience…I, however, do regret that I’ve omitted steps 8 – 12 as I’m due to sleep early today…!

5 thoughts on “Daily Prompt – Prickle

      1. Is life keeping you busy?

        Well, I’m back and I’ll be fully active on Monday morning. I’ll be releasing 3 poem series. The first post will be Monday, 2nd Wednesday, and 3rd Friday. Trust me…you’ll be excited for what’s to come next.

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      2. Books and research are keeping me busy! I like going offline to delve deeply into stuff I like, so hence my absence. I’m looking forward to reading what you’ve written in your absence 😊

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