volatile situation

Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts haiku/troiku prompt.  He gifts us with first line: “when every gust of wind.”  Each stanza of troiku begins with next line from original haiku.


when every gust of wind
fans bright flames of fire higher
smoke and ashes whirl


when every gust of wind
exhales crackles, sizzles, pops
wood door comes unhinged

fans bright flames of fire
higher heat of inferno
old shed roof crumbles

smoke and ashes whirl
choking billows engulf all
inhale acrid breath



photo by lynn



fire water


He torches water

vapor clouds, igniting to

bold tangerine flames.




The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

( Psalm 19:1 )



if denied the warmth they yearn

rotisserie hearts predictably turn

enflaming selfish tongues to burn


glowing embers smolder & smoke

rising ashes threaten to choke

old conflagration easily stoke


innocents witness this ugly scene

wonder what white hot words may mean

soaking up pain of blame too keen


pour confessions’ water on flames

douse wildfire of relationship games

let forgiveness speak our new names