scattered clouds drift by
a beautiful day to be out
a tufted titmouse agrees
sunning turtles splash as I pass
my paddle slices the water
This gogyohka (off-prompt for Day 6 of napowrimo.net) is my response to Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 220, #Poet’sChoice.
Gogyohka (pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh)
~ a form of Japanese poetry pioneered by Enta Kusakabe in the 1950s
~ 5-line poetry ~ like tanka, but with freedom from restraints
~ no fixed syllable requirement
~ no conventions regarding content
~ brief lines in keeping with the tradition of Japanese short verse
~ Day 6 ~
Image: The Moreau River in April, Missouri
end of the season
ice to come
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 205 #Poet’sChoice.
Image: lake freighter entering Buffalo River from Lake Erie
(Buffalo’s 1833 lighthouse in the background)
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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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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.”)
in water lilies
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 193 #Poet’sChoice.
Photos: green heron, Missouri, 04 September 2020
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life and its many choices
each misstep a new lesson
no map to show the way
no one direction
yet hopefully forward
This gogyohka is my response to
Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 192 #ThemePrompt,
where the theme is maps.
Image source: freepik.com
a dark horizon
winds of change
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 188, #ThemePrompt, with inspiration from the quote provided by Sue Vincent:
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows
how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” (Herman Hesse)
Image by Pezibear from Pixabay
held in thought
call to me
always out of reach
This gogyohka, inspired by water music by Kerfe Roig, is my response to
Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 187 #PhotoPrompt,
with the photo provided by Sally Cronin.
ballet of fireflies
bids farewell to fading light
evening chill sets in
This haiku is my response to Carpe Diem
Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1827 Paradox.
I see it more as irony, and perhaps this includes two instances?
Also shared with Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 185, #Poet’sChoice.
Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Tree Cricket and Firefly, by Kitagawa Utamoro
on the horizon
This haiku is my response to
Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge – Flower Moon
and Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 176: #Poet’sChoice.
Image: super moon, 5:00am CST, 07 May 2020
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