Carpe Diem #1697 Renga with Jane Reichhold … placing the flute
asks us to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following
each provided haiku by Jane Reichhold (in blue), in any order, with two lines.
A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse)
and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.
dancing on the beach
I jab a stick into the sky
to break up the blue
sun giving way to shadow
welcome relief of evening
days so complete
words become the calls of birds
the high tide wind
carries the scent of sea foam
mingling with all most pleasant
from a woman’s shoulder
carried across the mountains
like a song riding the breeze
placing the flute
against her lips something
slips into place
a tune that piques the senses
with charms that arouse desire
moon white water
lovers in the secret cove
long hours gazing at the stars
wisdom reaching through the years
I’m not old
all night my eyes have held
the ancient stars
until deep dark of night sky
yields to light of morning’s blue
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on far horizon
acceptance without judgment
dream come true one day
This senryū is my response to
Carpe Diem #1698 Hot Summer Night … Imagination,
where the prompt is to write Japanese poetry
inspired by the provided photo.
Image source: nomadicboys.com
dappled light above
as sun rays dance on the leaves
dancing in response
This haiku is my response to
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #92
Quest for a New Masterpiece: Sun Rays.
Image source: unsplash.com / Sophia Nicholas
returning light with beauty
lotus in the sun
clouds drifting across the sky
unable to steal its light
This tanka is my response to
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #93: lotus.
Also, with light & beauty as this author’s choice of keywords, this is a response to
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 134.
Remembering Air Force Won
Teleprompter on the fritz?
No problem! After all, you’re a president
with a very, very large brain.
Just ad lib. Name the army after George Washington.
Praise revolutionary patriots for taking over the airports.
After all, it’s only history.
And you’re (re)creating it every day.
Trump blames teleprompter for Revolutionary War ‘airports’ flub
President Trump cites China’s respect for his ‘very, very large brain’
Relocation of native populations.
Relocation in times of war.
Relocation of detainees.
Presidential orders bordering on inhumanity.
There is nothing time honored about any of this.
Internment of undesirables, from Native Americans to Japanese Americans, was wrong, but that doesn’t mean the tradition doesn’t continue in the United States, as seen in the continued incarceration of detainees, particularly children at the US southern border, under conditions that are unacceptable and, more importantly, inhumane.
Image source: © Michael de Adder (Facebook)
a man reads the news
questions its value
a country of open arms
building walls on its borders
This tanka is a response to
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #92: Independence,
in which Frank discusses Independence Day in the United States and how it’s seen under
a new light, considering the treatment given to immigrants at the southern border.
Image source: © Reuters / Kim Kyung-Hoon