Fleeting Memories ~ ekphrastic poem

Fleeting Memories

Tiny currents brush the edges of my mind.
Random details, trivial and not-so-
minor, flutter, teasing my thoughts.
Never clear in their intent. Prodding me
to remember, or struggling
to break the tethers imposed
by those details, always out of reach?

This is my response to Reena’s Exploration Challenge #113,
which offers a variety of images for inspiration.

Image source: pexels.com / Anthony

oasis of green ~ troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1690 Troiku Month – butterfly is to write a haiku
about butterflies (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

oasis of green
butterflies inside glass house
aerial antics


oasis of green
providing year-round delight
with elegant flight

butterflies inside glass house
graced with exotic colors
bright tropical plants

aerial antics
Lepidoptera ballet
on delicate wings

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.


Butterfly photo taken at St. Louis Butterfly House
and edited with Prisma (click for larger view in new tab)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

Butterfly Ballet ~ haibun

Butterfly Ballet

What to do on a special day, when clouds and rain try to make it anything but special? And so, a drive to St. Louis, the rain no more of an annoyance than those who don’t know how to drive in it, and an afternoon spent indoors among some of nature’s most beautiful creatures. Butterflies crossing our path with their dance, lending an air of magic to our anniversary.

oasis of green
outdoors, inside house of glass
butterfly ballet

For the prompt at dVerse, Merril asks us to write a haibun about magic in nature with
Haibun Monday – Lost and Found: Nature’s Magic.

Images: The St. Louis Butterfly House

while dancing on air ~ haiku

momentary pause
between silent beat of wings
butterfly alights

while dancing on air
paired beating of wings and hearts
butterfly finds mate

The challenge for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #75 Poetry Archive (2) is to write a new haiku inspired by one from our own archive. The first haiku here (in blue) was written in response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #25 Use That Quote and was inspired by this quote by Rabindranath Tagore:

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

My daughter is getting married later this year. The image above is a Photoshopped version of the photo used with the first haiku, which was taken by my daughter at the Butterfly House of the St. Louis Botanical Gardens in 2015, when she was visiting for my birthday. Here is the original. (click both images for larger view)

Gray Walk, in Living Color ~ haibun

Gray Walk, in Living Color

Two days ago, we had 80 degrees and 80% humidity. And overcast. Yes, muggy – wanting to rain. But I thought I might get some photos of milkweed at that “breakout” stage, with fuzzy seeds clinging to pods, so I headed to a local conservation area to walk the trails. I had been there a few weeks earlier, taking photos of monarch caterpillars, but I knew those would be gone for the year. As it happens, the milkweed needs another week, so I continued my walk, expecting few photos with the poor lighting provided by a cloudy sky.

Until I was surrounded by color. As the path enters a large meadow, there is a broad expanse of flowers, and flying from plant to plant were hundreds of monarch butterflies. I spent the next fifteen minutes trying to take photos of these beauties as they moved among the flowers, more concerned about fueling up for the great flight ahead of them than they were about maintaining any clear line of sight with my camera lens.

As it started to sprinkle, I continued my walk into the woods, looping back after a mile of shelter from the rain to come back to those flowers. The sky was no clearer, but the rain had stopped, so I took a few more photos before heading out of the park. With fifty yards to go before reaching the parking lot, random raindrops started falling and I made it into the car just as a steady rain began to fall. This morning I woke to 46 degrees.

preparing for flight
butterflies feed on asters
milkweed drying up

(clicking any photo will open a larger image in a new tab)

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Ken G

 milkweed stands tall beside road ~ tan renga

milkweed stands tall beside road.jpgbetween dusty cars
an orange butterfly flits
the traffic rumbles
                    © Kim Russell

 milkweed stands tall beside road
tender food for survival

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018
Chained Together III (9) between dusty cars
(Add to the provided hokku by Kim Russell
to create a tanka)

Image: Monarch caterpillar on milkweed
Runge Conservation Nature Center

deep chill in the air

deep chill in the air_a.jpgdeep chill in the air
end of long season of warmth
butterfly leaving
butterflies long gone
garden fruit stored in cellar
leaves waiting to fall

I have created two different “fusion” haiku for the challenge at
Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #7 this autumn sky (Sōgi),
inspired by the words in the following two haiku by Inō Sōgi.

deep chill in the air_b.jpgah, for coolness,
it rivals the water’s depth –
this autumn sky
abandoned house
the garden taken over –
butterfly home



Image source: Wikimedia Commons, here and here

National/Global Poetry Writing Month ~ Day 23

NaPoWriMo 2018