bomb cyclone brings cold ~ haiku

bomb cyclone brings cold
cherry blossoms dressed in snow
waiting for a thaw

This is my response to Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #80: cherry blossom.

From a feature on NPR regarding the current bomb cyclone:
“The meteorological term ‘bomb cyclone’ refers to a storm that intensifies very quickly through a process called bombogenesis, in which barometric pressure falls by at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. That’s what happened in parts of the central U.S., where just one day before blizzard conditions hit, many areas such as Denver were enjoying sunny weather in the 50s and 60s.”

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rays of morning sun ~ haiku

beauty at sunrise
dawning of life’s renewal
pink cherry blossoms
sign of abundant blessings
rewarding these humble eyes

rays of morning sun
shining on cherry blossoms
contentment in pink

My haiku is a response to the  challenge for
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #73 Poetry Archive … cherry blossom
is to write a new poem inspired by one from our own archive.
The tanka (in blue) was written as a response to Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #53
and  Basho’s Blossoms at Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor.


across the valley

Carpe Diem #1511 Bashō’s Blossoms (Revise That Haiku)
offers two classic haiku by Bashō: 

a cloud of cherry blossoms;
the temple bell,-
is it Ueno, is it Asakusa?
how many, many things
they call to mind
these cherry-blossoms!

My revisions:

across the valley_1

across the valley
cherry blossoms fill the air
unknown temple bell


across the valley_2

fondest memories
hidden in cherry blossoms
most welcome of gifts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Blossoming Cherry Tree by a Stream, by Kitsushika Hokusai
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Cherry Blossoms, by Utagawa Hiroshige

pink cherry weeping ~ tan renga

pink cherry weepingpink cherry weeping
orchard scarred by violence
damaged fruits of war

 pear tree in full bloom on a battlefield
collapsed house becomes beautiful again
                         Masaoka Shiki

 There’s a twist in Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (8) pear tree in bloom, in that a haiku by Masaoka Shiki has been converted by Kristjaan into two lines to form the response, and we are asked to create the hokku to precede it. My hokku (haiku) appears in blue.

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Bird and Weeping Cherry, by Utagawa Hiroshige

petals drifting down – fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #37 Troiku Challenge “Time” starts with two haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

perpetual snow
reflects the sunlight –
I dream of a nude beach

through tears
cherry blossoms scattered
by the breeze

               © Chèvrefeuille

petals drifting down
breeze lifting pink and white flakes
memories of snow

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petals drifting down

petals drifting down
cherry blossom festival
celebrating life

breeze lifting pink and white flakes
a dance held before our eyes
warm weather arrives

memories of snow
fading in brilliant sunlight
time will not stand still

petals falling down_2a

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.


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blossoms bringing smiles ~ haibun

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The blossoms of a weeping cherry in our front yard would wait for the beginning of May to open. Among the photos I have of my mother, one of my favorites was taken in front of that tree. She spent her last two years living with us. Even after ten years, it’s easy to see the content in her eyes on Mother’s Day.

spring’s offer of cheer
colorful cherry display
blossoms bringing smiles

Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #28: first cherry blossom

National/Global Poetry Writing Month ~ Day 7
NaPoWriMo 2018