in a cloudy sky
to tree frog chorus
hopeful for success
to see setting moon
This haiku/senryū sequence is my response to Twiglet #224 – moon rises. It sums up my attempts to take photos of this month’s “pink” moon/super moon. Monday’s photos yielded trees silhouetted by an obscure moon. The second photo is a 30 second exposure that shows how windy it was. Tuesday morning presented a beautiful amber moon that was already dropping behind clouds well above the horizon. It was totally obscured within three minutes. After taking the night photos, I mentioned to my wife that the tree frogs were the loudest I’d heard in my nine years in Missouri. She reminded me that it was my first time hearing them since getting hearing aids. It’s a loud new world.
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hungry goldfinch feeds
while stealthy cat stays inside
glad daffodil nods
celebrate new light
elusive worm moon
hidden behind clouds and trees
unruffled owl hunts
on quiet Sunday
By some stretch of the imagination,
this may be considered on prompt for Day 9 of napowrimo.net,
which challenges us to write a list poem. The haiku are my response to
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #182-185: Transformation,
which offers this list of kigo:
• Worm Moon
~ Day 9 ~
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facing a challenge
a writer finds poetry
in cherry blossoms
This haiku is my response to Almost There – and an Early-Bird Prompt at Na/GloPoWriMo. We’re asked to write a poem inspired by art found online at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Blossoming Cherry Trees by a Stream
by Katsushika Hokusai.
Hiding the Snow Moon
last remaining snow
hiding the snow moon
white flakes fall
with waters warming
last ice gone from the river
These three haiku are my response to Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge # 179-181: Spring Trinity, which offers three kigo for the past three weeks:
2/20 – remaining snow
2/27 – Snow moon
3/6 – waters warming
Image source: ukiyo-e.org – Snow in Miyajima, by Tsuchiya Koitsu
in afternoon sun
nights still cold
breath in the crisp air
fogging my glasses
see only shadows
in ice-jammed river
stray geese overhead
sparrows at feeder
still cold and hungry
This solo renga is my response to
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #177: Still Cold.
Images ~ 18 February 2021
The Moreau River in Missouri (snow covered)
The Missouri River at Jefferson City, Missouri
snow falls, floats
gently through the air
A simple haiku with Magnetic Poetry. Yes, I took a bit of (magnetic) poetic license.
If you want to try magnetic poetry, you can do it online, here.
You can read more of my magnetic poetry here.
Image: snow is falling in our neighborhood, this late afternoon in February
full of beginnings
This haiku is my response to
RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge #343,
with the prompt words bare and full.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons (Utagawa Hiroshige)
old year ends
hope for better times
first day dawns
With Carpe Diem #1842: End of Year,
Kristjaan (Chèvrefeuille) reminds us that
in classical Japan (following the Lunar calendar)
there was a fifth season ”New Year.”
Using “first day” as a kigo, this senryū is my response.
Also shared with Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #171 : New Year’s Day
Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston – First Dream of the New Year, by Kôzan
end of the season
ice to come
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 205 #Poet’sChoice.
Image: lake freighter entering Buffalo River from Lake Erie
(Buffalo’s 1833 lighthouse in the background)
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rising moon returns
a new light
This haiku is my response to Carpe Diem #1838 Blue Moon.
The full moon on October 31 (Halloween) was a blue moon
(the second of two full moons occurring in the same month).
Also shared with Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge
No. 201, #Poet’s Choice.
Image: October 2020 Blue Moon
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