huddled in darkness
overwhelming fear of plague
no comfort in stars
Image source: Yale University Art Gallery – Starry Night, by Jean-François Millet
looking to the stars
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
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.
one starry night
to make that one painting –
the rustling leaves
branches sway in gentle breeze
starlight twinkling in their wake
would be stargazing painter
inspired by the night
nature’s canvas in the sky
with myriad points of light
leaves dancing before the moon
silhouetted by its light
framed by counterpoints
lights much closer than the stars
planets in the night
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
in the deepest night
looking to stars for a sign
finding spark of hope
This senryū is my response to
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge
No. 140 #SynonymsOnly, which offers light and dark as prompt words.
I have used “spark” and “deepest night” as synonyms.
Image source: Astronomy Picture of the Day
beneath the light of a thousand
honeyed stars, I breathe
a sweetness found only
in time spent with you
If you want to try magnetic poetry, you can do it online, here.
Background image: NASA/NICER (Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer)
via Astronomy Picture of the Day
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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.
floating, arms open
at one with vast emptiness
signals from afar
probing the heavens
seeking distant signs of life
diamonds in the night
dust held in a million motes
wealth in the heavens