That Long Hot Summer

 Tanka Tuesday #247

 prompt words: twilight and hue (synonyms only)

I opted to use a synonym of the old use for "hue," that in "hue and cry."  This was the legally required shouting of bystanders to assist in capturing one witnessed committing a crime.  It now means, according to The Free Dictionary, "A public clamor, as of protest or demand:" with the example, "raised a great hue and cry about political corruption."  "Hue" is thought to come from the Old French word, "huer," meaning outcry or clamor, making "hue and cry" a redundant expression.  Enough of that,  here's my offering, a tanka prose.

Tedder, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

A person can only take so much.  Everyone has a point, one point, when the single proverbial straw breaks the camel’s back.  In our case, that break came one evening last summer.  Not with a straw, but with yet another plea ignored.  Then hell broke loose.  

the sky bruise purple  

when public outcry gained voice

the half-light failing

battle in the streets began

a war no nearer to end 


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  1. I love the line: sky bruise purple. Thanks for your blog visit!

  2. Great take on the prompt, Lisa :)

    1. Thanks! It actually took a different turn in the end.

  3. I'm so glad you found the other meaning of the word hue and used it in your tanka prose. It's fabulous to see you stretch your poetic wings. <3

    1. My first thought was "hue and cry" for some reason. No telling what our brains jump to. Thank you for interesting prompts.


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