sin city graffiti ditty



downtown stubble rubs gritty

tenement windows broken

night escort working pretty

pimp keeps tight grip on token


street addicts living nitty

homeless die for opiates

poor men don’t want no pity

just need to beat jobless rates


how survive stinking city

urban education rules

alley thugs share thieves’ kitty

gangstas teach in dropout schools


In need of some urban renewal? Find more city poems with Jilly at dVerse Poets.

holy places revisited

We’ve celebrated Easter…Pentecost is coming! 


burning bush in desert place

holy ground tread with bare feet

temple built as sacred space

where heaven and earth did meet


virgin’s womb a holy space

where divine entered our world

fishing boat or grassy place;

when Jesus spoke, truth unfurled


upon the cross where he stayed

hanging between sacred space

in the garden where he laid

death couldn’t silence holy grace


holiness we now receive

spirit fire from heaven’s hand

wholly people who believe

God’s house gathers from all lands





holy places everywhere

Linking to dVerse Poets pub where Amaya hosts tonight…



here can be a holy place

anywhere a sacred space

only need to be aware

heaven isn’t way up there


thinner threads within the veil

may allow a visage through

listen quiet to the pale

heart and hope again renew


gathered for a funeral or

as mist the woodland fills

in a mood ephemeral

when attentiveness distills


subtle warmth of offered tea

or soft-scented flower bud

sound of bird in linden tree

opens inner space to God




planting poet-tree


time to plant a poet-tree

gently dig a loamy hole

water roots creatively

fertilize with wit and soul


nurtured by attentive love

sapling poet-tree will grow

spread out branches, shelter dove

harvest of ripe fruits bestow




The tanaga form is part of an oral tradition going back to the early 16th century (eg. Twinkle, twinkle little star). It comes in stanzas of four lines with seven syllables per line. It often rhymes, even rhyming each line of a stanza on the same rhyme sound, but it can have variable rhyme patterns. It can also have more than one stanza. Frank hosts tanaga prompt at dVerse Poets.