together ~ senryū

looking to the stars
shared insight

Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge 124 – Martha Magenta Tribute asks us to write a  poem that honors the spirit of a haiku by Martha Magenta. My senryū is inspired by:

night watch . . .
I follow her gaze
to the stars
           Martha Magenta

From her Poet Profile at The Haiku Foundation:
“Martha was in a hospice for the last week of her life and was well looked after – her son was with her at the end. She passed away on January 14, 2020.”

I realize my words pale in comparison to hers, which are a fitting tribute to one who is no longer with us.

the first of many brushstrokes ~ soliloquy no renga

one starry night
to make that one painting –
the rustling leaves
© Chèvrefeuille

branches sway in gentle breeze
starlight twinkling in their wake

stargazing poet
would be stargazing painter
inspired by the night

nature’s canvas in the sky
with myriad points of light

brilliant distraction
moon rising above the trees
such inspiration

leaves dancing before the moon
silhouetted by its light

framed by counterpoints
lights much closer than the stars
planets in the night

shifting shades of red and blue
sparkling in a star filled sky

so much to choose from
all these heavenly bodies
wonder where to start

shooting star in star filled sky
the first of many brushstrokes

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #107 Soliloquy no Renga … one starry night offers a haiku by Chèvrefeuille (in blue) to be followed by subsequent links of a renga by the responding poet, with a minimum of six links. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse) and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.
This is my response.

Photos: Hunter’s Moon, 13 October 2019
Star image: The Galaxy Above, © Rodrigo Guerra, via Astronomy Picture of the Day

Celestial Bodies

Freya Pickard featured my haiku, Jovian blemish, on June 16th, for the theme Celestial Bodies at Pure Haiku. It appears here, along with another four haiku written at the same time.

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Celestial Bodies

Jovian blemish
mysterious formation
JunoCam target


floating, arms open
at one with vast emptiness
drifting, accepting


signals from afar
interstellar messages
timeless history


probing the heavens
seeking distant signs of life
discoveries wait


diamonds in the night
dust held in a million motes
wealth in the heavens

Image source: Astronomy Picture of the Day, and credited to NASA, JPL-CalTech, SwRI, MSSS, processed by Rick Lundh