Sea shells on the ground
White sand is so beautiful
I look at the sea
It is so very endless
And blue, sparkly, and gorgeous
seashell found on shore
beauty of color and sound
listening to waves
precious shell now in my home
sea sounds go on forever
The prompt for Tanka Splendor – Sea Shells is to write a tanka
inspired by one written by an unknown author (in blue).
Image source: unsplash.com / Gregory Culmer
Carpe Diem #1663 Tan Renga – snap of an icicle asks us
to use a haiku by Kim Russell (in blue) to create a tanka.
muffled and silenced
the snap of an icicle
engulfed by fresh snow
© Kim Russell
new snow melt dripping from eaves
rabbit tracks passing beneath
Image source: unspalsh.com / Harris Malik
child as butterfly
held in mother’s gentle hands
child in later life
embracing mother with love
after many years
absence not always absence
forever in heart
A trio of senryū for Mother’s Day.
Magic of the Oracle
The light in a breeze.
The perfume of the stars.
With her many voices,
breathing her soft laugh,
she dazzles as she celebrates.
Always, if we listen.
With help from The Oracle at Magnetic Poetry, this poem
is inspired by Merril Smith’s All the Questions.
If you want to try magnetic poetry, you can do it online, here.
Background image: Wikimedia Commons
Consulting the Oracle, by John William Waterhouse
Carpe Diem #1662 Tan Renga – Watching a Snail asks us
to use a haiku by Chèvrefeuille (in blue) to create a tanka.
I bow to my master
Matsuo Basho told me the way
to watch a snail
while hearing its silent voice
and nodding in agreement
Image source: The British Museum (cropped here)
The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #84 Quest for a New Masterpiece … Movement (Undou) asks us to create a new haiku using movement (or undou), inspired by Bashō’s “frog pond” haiku (tr. Jane Reichhold, below in blue).
a frog jumps into
the sound of water
willow on stream bank
long leaves trailing on water
knows little of thirst
Image: Niagara River Gorge at Whirlpool State Park, New York
Carpe Diem #1661 Tan Renga – Beginning of Autumn asks us
to use a haiku by Jane Reichhold (in blue) to create a tanka.
between scraping sounds
© Jane Reichhold
cooler nights and breeze of change
bringing sound of rustling leaves
Image source: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Maples at Mama, by Utagawa Hiroshige