The rules are simple. Incorporate the following five words, or synonyms of them, in flash fiction or poetry.
Charcoal / Shade / Pale / Wake / Lucid
Here goes my second entry following the Tanka poetic structure.
Ace of Hearts
Hypnotic beats wake,
Emerald eyes captivate.
All becomes lucid –
Riveted by charcoal shades.
The fair draw of coming fate.
There’s a few things I’d like to briefly mention, mostly ’cause I’m so secretive that they’re easily skipped over. This tanka is a nod to my fledgling novel Of Suits & Sirens that I never mention. There’s a whole playing card theme idly woven through out, that I dig throwing about every once in awhile. Ace is the main protagonist’s name and, well, it follows then that this poem thus refers not only to a romantic heart, but to the suit as well. Ace, the character, is my Ace of Spades in the novel; she is symbolic of a great period of sorrow and transformation.
In writing this blurb, I am now realizing that I may soon want to deep dive into the meanings I found behind the suits. A lot of stuff found online, as always, was contradictory. Maybe it would be useful to have my own handy guide to how Of Suits & Sirens views the 4 suits. Maybe.