dreaming of moonlight ~ tanka

your sleeping breath
night rain revives the earth
waves of sea air
in bright yellow daffodils
nod to the dark wind
                    © Jane Reichhold

dreaming of moonlight
finding its way through the clouds
moving in the breeze
wet grass shining in new light
as tree frogs call in response

The prompt for Tanka Splendor – Daffodils is to write a tanka
inspired by one written by Jane Reichhold (in blue).

Image source: Green Tree Frog – Missouri Department of Conservation

one bird seems to lead ~ tanka

one bird seems to lead
that winged arc across the sky
none truly follow
reaching their destination
instinct their only compass

With a memory like a sieve, it’s ironic that, at times, once I have a word in my head I can’t get it out. Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge No. 127 – Synonyms Only offers the words
lead and follow. Once I started writing, those words were there to stay,
so consider this a non-response to her prompt.

Image source: cornell.edu

wings of light wakening all ~ tan renga


through open window.jpg

Carpe Diem #1607 Tan Renga – an open window is a challenge
with a twist – create a tanka starting with the provided haiku by Chèvrefeuille,
(in blue) followed by a 3rd and 4th stanza (another haiku and response),
essentially making this a tan renga / solo renga. 

the sound of the surf
enters my home through the open window
and a butterfly
                    © Chèvrefeuille

wings of light wakening all
bringing joy and contentment

butterfly dancing
with wave shimmer reflections
fanciful vision

whispering waves symphony
providing nature’s soundtrack

Image source: alphacoders.com (edited here)