harvest moon rising
a treat for the eyes
The first full moon (of two) this October is the harvest moon which typically
appears in late September. Many places (particularly in the northeast US)
are reporting fall colors weeks ahead of the norm.
This tanka is my response to three different prompts:
→ Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #158: Harvest Moon
→ Carpe Diem – 8th Anniversary asks for a festive haiku or tanka.
→ Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge
No. 197, #SpecificForm: Tanka
Also shared with Open Link Night #275 at dVerse Poets Pub
Harvest Moon, 01 October 2020,
Full Moon with Missouri’s Capitol, Jefferson City, Missouri – 01 October 2020
The dome is bathed in red light to honor the firefighters
who gave their lives to serve our community
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such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow
dappled sunlight on the grass
beneath all-embracing arms
Carpe Diem Tan Renga Wednesday #17 asks us to use
a haiku by Kyoshi Takahama (in blue) to create a tanka.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons
long beyond fledgling
one fall after another
from an empty nest
sometimes, ties need severing
a parent takes wing alone
The prompt for MTB: 5-Line Japanese Poetic Forms from Frank at dVerse Poets Pub is to write a tanka, kyoka, or gogyohka. Frank discusses each of the forms. I’ve tried to cover all three, in order. This series was a hard one to write.
bird with broken wing
beneath broken cedar branch
saved by helping hands
must be returned to the wild
before wild nature returns
in coming storm
only an illusion
everything is gray
a soul is troubled
looking for escape
safe haven offered
Image source: Wikimedia Commons (edited here)
sun rising due east
greeting vernal equinox
waiting for first buds
their color a welcome sign
end of endless tones of gray
This tanka is my response to Carpe Diem
Tanka Splendor 2020: Vernal Equinox.
Photo by Amanda Frank on Unsplash
spring warbler spreads wings
leaves droppings while taking flight
spoiled rice cake remains
cat walks across veranda
hungry for departed bird
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #110 Carpe Diem Transformation …. Bush Warbler
offers a haiku by Bashō (below, in blue) to be transformed
into a tanka. In a process different from tan renga,
I have revised the original haiku before
adding two lines to create my tanka.
A spring warbler casts
A dropping on the rice cakes –
The veranda edge.
Image source: ukiyo-e.org – Warbler on Red Plum Branch
Carpe Diem Tan Renga Wednesday – White Crane asks us to use
a haiku by Kikaku (in blue) to create a tanka.
how I wish to call
a white crane from Fukei,
but for this cold rain.
waiting for a break in clouds
to deliver good fortune
A crane is said to symbolize good fortune, balance, and happiness.
Image source: ukiyo-e.org – Crane and Waves, by Baiso
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Carpe Diem #1775 Morning Glory! is part of a new feature,
“Carpe Diem’s Transformation,” which has the goal of using the scenes and images
of a given haiku to create a transformed haiku into a tanka.
Another feature of Carpe Diem is to create a Tan Renga, a short exercise that adds two lines to a given haiku to create a tanka. Making a distinction, I have interpreted this new prompt
to be a challenge to first transform a given haiku by re-creating it
before adding two lines to make it a tanka.
The haiku provided (in blue) is by Chiyo-Ni, and my tanka follows.
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water
morning glory filled with water
refreshing my thirst
accepted as good omen
a fresh start to my travels
Image source: morguefile.com / rollingroscoe
rustling in forest
leaves whisper in ancient tongue
known in any age
swirls rising from forest floor
speak of autumn’s arrival
This tanka is my response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #273,
where the prompt words are forest and whisper.
Image source: unsplash.com / Autumn Mott Rodeheaver
take wing, our secrets
living on with you, revealed
when the time is right
seeds to inform the future
of all that may be again
This tanka is inspired by a comment left by Kerfe on my nonet, Lone Vigil, and is
my second response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 145 #PhotoPrompt, with the provided photo
from Pixabay/Susan Cipriano.