Distant Karma ~ senryū

Distant Karma

man’s exploration
far beyond the open seas
here there be dragons

seeking new conquests
as native populations
receive no respect

never satisfied
population explosion
while raping nature

resources wasted
expansion to the planets
looking for relief

interstellar space flight
to discover new life forms
let there be dragons

The prompt for Poetics: Haiku Sequence, from Frank at dVerse ~ poets Pub, is to write a series of haiku that have a theme or unifying framework. There are no seasonal references here, so call this a senryū sequence.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Dragons of Ara, © Ariel L. Cappalletti


with dappled sunlight ~ haibun

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with dappled sunlight

A brief respite from our summer temperatures in the nineties means high eighties today, so I took a walk through Runge Nature Center this morning, while temperatures were still in the mid-seventies. At Runge, several miles of trails pass through forest and meadow. Most of my walk was through the forest, but I saw more activity at the boundary of light and shade.

with dappled sunlight
in the stillness of the heat
dragonfly dances

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This is my response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #42 Gaia Goddess of Earth, where the prompt is to explore the beauty, strength, complexity and simplicity of nature, as inspired by a walk through our neighborhoods and sharing a photo of the source of our inspiration. Runge Nature Center is a conservation area within Missouri’s State Capital, Jefferson City.


Runge Return

 I’ve spent the last two mornings walking the forest, meadow and wetland trails of a 106 acre conservation area in Missouri known as Runge Nature Center. It’s located in the capital of Missouri, adjacent to the state headquarters for the Missouri Department of Conservation, so the 2.4 miles of trails, some of them paved, are always well maintained. Runge offers some great photo opportunities, which vary with the seasons.

I returned there today, to take some follow up photos (in addition to those in yesterday’s photo blog), including one I had in mind for today’s Photo Challenge (Structure) at the Daily Post. The first photo here is the one I had in mind, but I chose another for that prompt when a Leatherwing landed on the thistle. One shot I wanted to follow up on, from yesterday’s post was of the Monarch caterpillar. I found it on the same milkweed plant as yesterday, along with a couple more that were less than half an inch long. (The larger is over two inches.) Then, I came across some wild turkeys, and as I took photos, a coyote stuck his head up out of the tall grass in the background, just long enough to leave a blurred image. Even so, it was another rewarding day with the camera.

(In the slide show, each photo offers a link to a larger image.)

Runge Walk Companions


Runge Walk - Moss Rock Trace

Moss Rock Trace / Runge Nature Center

Images: Runge Nature Center, Missouri, August 28 & 29, 2017.  In the Viewer, each image has the option for a larger size.  (Moss Rock Trace can be viewed by clicking.)






A Touch of Green

A Touch of Green

A Touch of Green

Winter meant bare branches along this stream.
At last, the trees are green along this stream.

And with it, the entire scene seems to come
to life as I slowly paddle downstream.

Swallows dash about for food, their hatchlings
in the nests that line the banks of the stream.

Brown squirrels gambol along maple branches,
hanging perilously above the stream.

Heron stares keenly into the water,
waiting patiently for fish in the stream.

A pair of deer walk nimbly down the bank,
pause at water’s edge to drink from the stream.

Bass breaks the water with a splash to catch
bugs flying lazily above the stream.

Sights and sounds that accompany the green
help me understand life along the stream.

The optional prompt at NaPoWriMo 2017 for Day 13 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a ghazal. I’ve written a couple using my name in the final line, as is an option. But with a name like mine (Ken) that can grow old fast, so I hope you’ll understand why I’ve used a variant. 😉
Ghazal ~ five or more couplets, lines the same length, meter not required
~ first couplet same end words; 1 to 3 words in 2nd lines repeated; rhyme – aA bA cA dA eA
~ (optional) internal rhyme in second lines, preceding repeated rhyme
~ possible naming or reference to author in last couplet
~ traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, ghazals are often sung by Iranian, Indian, and Pakistani musicians

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Sound Stream

Sound Stream

Sound Stream

Wary turtle silently
slips into the water.
Rattling kingfisher
dives with a splash,
carries its prize away.

Cardinal calls,
flashing red in its trill.
Woodpecker’s rat-a-tat-tat
sounds a counter note.
Splash of catfish tail
carries across the water.

Spring speaks to me,
sitting still
against the bank,
my kayak tucked
beneath an outcrop.

Just two miles out of town,
yet far from civilization.
No sign of Man.
My own presence

Such is Nature.


The optional prompt at NaPoWriMo 2017 for Day 12 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration.
Image: Moreau River, Missouri

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Nature’s Gift

Nature's Gift

Nature’s Gift

early summer day on the water
kayak still, tucked against the bank
heron poised, kingfisher darts
mink swims across the stream
hawk cries from above
senses savor

This nonet is in response to the optional Day 9 prompt at NaPoWriMo 2017 for National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month – to write a poem composed of nine lines.
Image: Great Blue Heron (my photo, edited)

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Paddle slices
the surface,
kayak glides,
my wake the only
waves visible.

DownstreamCardinal calls.
Turtles bask in
morning sun.
Eagle lands in
towering sycamore.

Heron recedes
downstream, it’s
wings stately
in their slow
steady beat.

Subject to
Yet, always,
it flows.

as any life does,
river holds all,
and more.

The optional prompt for Day 5 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month at NaPoWriMo 2017 is to write a poem based on a meaningful aspect of the natural world.

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