Katydids announce the arrival of summer

I sit under the shade of our old lychee tree

Its soft jelly flesh bursts between my teeth

The coconutty sweetness floods my memories

My mind vacillates twenty two seasons past

Twin princesses united in true Laotang

Slept, untouched by sin, in the same placenta

Made their mother crave sweet and sour

Once an early sleeper, now nocturnal

Fretting over each twitch and tingle

Fear growing darker than the deepest ravine

No one to assist or keep her company

Days were steeped in anxious melancholy.

Her sole solace, the written word.

She grew weak, tired and anaemic

At the end of seven and a half months

Out came her rambunctious daughters

To greet the world with their innocent charm

Two beautiful women now tiptoe around me

My prayers fulfilled ten thousand times

I overhear their whispers in between stifled giggles

“Look, mama’s in dreamland again!”

Dear Readers,

This is the 14th day of the OctPoWriMo Poetry Writing Challenge 2015. 

The prompt today was to write about yesterdays and tomorrows.

I have combined today’s OctPoWriMo prompt with the brilliant set of words from Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie’s Wordle #82.

Here are the words we had to use:

1.Katydid (cricket type of insect)

2. Placenta

3. Melancholy

4. Nocturnal

5. Vacillate (to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: to sway unsteadily;waver; totter; stagger.)

6. Laotang (in English: old sames; written: 老同 in Mandarin is a type of relationship within Chinese culture, which was practiced in Hunan, that bonded two girls together for eternity as kindred sisters.)

7. Written

8. Twitch

9. Ravine

10. Lychee (a Chinese fruit, can also refer to the tree looks like so

11. Assist

12. Anemic

Use at least 10 of the words to create a story or poem

The words can appear in an alternate form

Use the words in any order that you like.

Hope you enjoyed this prompt blend.

Till tomorrow,



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