chill wind through the trees
below, silent leaves rustle
greet last fallen leaf
Kristjaan Panneman (Chèvrefeuille) has told us of his mother’s struggles with dementia, apologizing for his absence from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai due to the time he was dedicating to her, as well as his increased workload as a nurse due to the current pandemic.
My senryū, child once more, was posted in August 2020 and inspired by that dedication, as well as by his senryū:
fading away more and more
she … a child again
Kristjaan lost his mother to COVID-19 this month. Please keep him in your thoughts.
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
on seaside mountain
The prompt for Carpe Diem #1837 – blowing in the wind is to write a haiku
inspired by Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” I’ve also written a senryū.
blowin’ in the wind
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, by Hokusai
when seeking answers
the moon knows
This haiga/senryū is my response to
Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 196: #ThemePrompt,
with the words sourced from my magnetic poem Understanding.
Background image: crescent moon, 24 June 2020
(The theme for the prompt is “The Night Sky.”)
fragments of a tune
a body manifested
with each measured note
This senryū is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s
“Girl with a Mandolin” and is in response to
Reena’s Exploration Challenge #146: Cubism,
which asks us to explore cubism.
Image source: Wikipedia – Girl with a Mandolin, by Pablo Picasso
far beyond the open seas
here there be dragons
seeking new conquests
as native populations
receive no respect
while raping nature
expansion to the planets
looking for relief
interstellar space flight
to discover new life forms
let there be dragons
The prompt for Poetics: Haiku Sequence, from Frank at dVerse ~ poets Pub, is to write a series of haiku that have a theme or unifying framework. There are no seasonal references here, so call this a senryū sequence.
Wikimedia Commons (map)
Astronomy Picture of the Day – Dragons of Ara, © Ariel L. Cappalletti
This senryū is my response to Carpe Diem
Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1526 Juxtaposition,
with the challenge to write a haiku with juxtaposition,
or contrast in comparison – here the switch from virus to reading, playing
off of the term novel (or new). Senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons
sacrificed for peace
brave souls now at rest, honored
sad summer meadow
This senryū is my response to
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #140: Summer Meadow/Memorial Day.
Photo by Suzanne Walker from Pexels
when given a voice
words will speak
If you want to try magnetic poetry, you can do it online, here.