Labyrinth of Colours

In my last post, I spilled the beans that, in addition to the new poems I’ve been writing these last months, I’ve also been working on a novel. My writing this summer has happened sporadically in different places as I navigate through the heat with my children close by. I try to set aside time each morning before dawn, often using free-word association to wake myself up and write a new poem. I’ve written several poems exploring the characters and settings in my novel — one of which I’ve already shared (see: Sampson, The Tiger King).

Here is a poem that describes the place where the tigers live, also the place where action takes place in my novel — the jungle. There are many other words for it, including: wilderness, maze, primeval forest, web, wood. I imagine a tangled web of life full of sounds and scents as I write, a place of mystery and enchantment. A Labyrinth of Colours.

Labyrinth of Colours: Asian tropical rainforest
Tropical Rainforest in Thailand

Labyrinth of Colours

Green palm fronds sway in the breeze

heavy with heat and covered in insects

making a cacophony of endless sounds

chattering in the canopy of majestic, tall trees.

Labyrinth of Colours: Jambu fruit dove
Jambu fruit dove

Clouds of silk cotton and disk shaped combs

hang from their branches, honey bees buzzing ’round

Orangutans & red-faced monkeys climb the bamboo

looking for ripe figs to eat.

A land rich, wet with year-round monsoons

& hot with vibrant colours.

Labyrinth of Colours: Heliconia
Heliconia

King Cobra snakes slither on the rainforest floor, stealthy and quick

to pounce of their prey, guarding eggs in a nest near the river.

Labyrinth of Colours: Loris
Loris

The silvery gibbon sings her haunting song from the treetops

the tiny slender loris sleeps in a hollow

waiting for dusk to play, when the Dawn Bat emerges

from her cave, flying in search of flowers & Durian fruit

with her snout like nose.

Labyrinth of Colours: Durian Fruit
Durian Fruit

Copyright July 13 2016 Stacie Eirich 

*Note* All photos included in this post are stock photos found through online google search, and therefore are not the property of this author. 

Author: seirich

I'm a mother, writer & dreamer living north of New Orleans, La. I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I've written and published four books of poetry and a children's novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. I'm now working on a second children's novel.

10 thoughts on “Labyrinth of Colours”

  1. I have never been in a jungle, but this is how I imagine it would be… like a David Attenborough film… but stay away from the falling Durian…

  2. Interesting how weaving fiction colors the poetry, offers it a new place to inhabit and thrive. You have imagined this place with feverish hues, damp and riotous. Love it.

  3. I’d like to visit this place, especially where the honey bees are abundant… not so much here, these days. Good luck with your novel! Write like the wind, it’s NaNoWriMo!

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