Category Archives: Rural life

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #276 Smoke&Water



Mist tendrils, as smoke

over dark, placid  water,

silver-flanked fish roll.


Filed under Factual, Haiku, nature inspired, Otherworldly, Rural life, Seasons, Self compositions

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #273 Forest&Whisper


Fading forest light

casts long shadows over lips,

in nervous whisper


Filed under Factual, Haiku, nature inspired, Otherworldly, Rural life, Self compositions

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt: Harbinger #writephoto



The villagers hated to see the magpie who nested in the old elm tree. To them it seemed  the bird had been sitting up there forever, with it’s mocking call and loud chattering every time any one passed by. It wasn’t so much that they disliked magpies, in fact most admired his contrasting black, blue and white plumage.

To them though this one was different, he had never been seen with a mate, in fact no other magpies had ever been seen or heard near the old tree where he was perpetually on guard. This caused the villagers, both old and young distress, for in accordance with the old, well known saying, “One for sorrow, two for joy, ” it was customary to greet a solitary magpie with a, “Good morning, mister magpie, how’s your wife. ”

To ignore a single magpie was sure to cause evil to the observer. It now seemed that any event that could be ascribed to bad luck was the fault of someone failing to pay the necessary respects to their resident bird. As he  got older he had taken on the mantle of, and was often referred to as, “The Harbinger of Doom.”

Fearful of dire repercussions if they did anything to harm the bird, the villagers realised that all they could do was wait until they saw the bird no more, in the hope that this ill-starred resident had finally taken his leave, then hopefully his place would be taken by a pair or perhaps more of his kind.


Filed under Flash fiction, Inspired by fable, nature inspired, Old knowledge, Rural life, Self compositions

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #46 #Limerick ~A walk in the woods

downhill-2A spirited girl called Louise

with a friend went home through the trees

but on some stone steps she tripped,

she fell ass over tip,

a good excuse for her grazed knees.


Filed under As you read it, Comic verse, Humorous, Limerick, On the lines of romance, Rural life, Self compositions, Whimsical

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #45 ~Life on the marsh #Limerick

windmill-and-reeds-cpA young  girl from Norfolk called Jill

with her parents lived in a mill,

she would sneak into their bed

even though her mother was dead

while dad gave thanks for the pill.


Filed under Adult themes, As you read it, Comic verse, Humorous, Inspired by fable, Limerick, Rural life, Self compositions, Whimsical