Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Night -"Haiku-Noir" - December 3, 2014


rain in the darkness
city lights shimmer like ghosts -
a lonely dog howls

trying to sleep
midnight traffic rumbles
belching exhaust fumes

American Sentences

walking the streets at midnight without a goal only fog as my wrap.

tick ticking at dawn, cold rain falling as the old lady goes walking.

unholy screams rend the fabric of night - two alley cats fighting.

(c) G.s.k. '14


This week's Ghost Writer is Jen from Blog it or Lose it ... and she'd got us reflecting upon the film genre "noir" ... and the darker side of nature:

Even if you’re not familiar with the term “film noir” you’ll know film noir when you see it.  Think of a 1940s black-and-white detective movie.  Here are some common film noir scenes:
·         Driving at night … in the rain;
·         Dark, shadowy, smoky rooms with venetian blind shadows;
·         People in trench coats standing alone in the fog … or on a pier … or in an alley … or a street corner … or in some sort of awkward, lonely, vulnerable position.
Here are an example of her great ability:

A haiku:

a dim street lamp
in a pale orange fog – 
almost bleeding 

 And a tanka:

the city is curled
around a tossed cigarette 
hissing in slush
and even the lamp light
recoils from its strike

(c)  Jen R. 

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .. where you can read the full post ... 


  1. Another wonderful series of mental images -- I can hear those howling cats, and the dogs barking to the pattering of the rain. And being wrapped in the fog is definitely as noir as it gets :)

    Loved it --
    and --- thanks for the kind words :)

    1. Thanks Jen ... loved your prompt and tried to find the best means to express those night noir feelings .. glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Ah those American sentences...I love the first one most of all.
    "walking the streets at midnight without a goal only fog as my wrap." Very cool.

    1. Thanks Lolly, I was looking for the right genre to express the noir atmosphere and I think I found it in the American sentences. Glad you liked it.

  3. I think you brought up some splendid images.. the alley cat works wonder to create that suspension and then almost relief.. very film-like

    1. Thanks Bjorn ... in the end I think the American Sentences as genre worked very well with the prompt.


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