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Life #haiku

Osprey and fish - close up

Fish in the river
Swimming along with the flow
Doesn’t see the bird

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week we were free to choose keywords and the key words I chose were “Water” and “Current” This week I decided to do a  haiku, and though that rhymes, the haiku doesn’t ;).

(Last week’s poem was called “Life ;)”, but this is the other side of Life…)

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Time and Photos #tanka #haibun #haiku

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Time and Photos

Photos beyond count
Raw statistics in folders
No time to revel
I have snapped many pictures
But have left them unopened

I open the ‘Explore’ on my computer and go to photographs.  There are folders ordered by dates staring at me.  Each folder contains a lot of photos, dozens, hundreds.  I leaf through some and find them both familiar and unfamiliar.  I have seen very few of them since the moment I clicked the shutter.  There are birds and people.  There are rabbits and buildings.  There are trees and lakes and seascapes.  Pictures of merrymakers reveling at a wedding reception, dancing to loud music.  Birds sitting on quiet shores or soaring majestically through the air.  Where has the time gone?  Why can’t I just sit down and go through these pieces of memory?  Perhaps even post some on my blog  Ooops, where has the time gone!?! I have to get back to work!!!  Bye… Continue reading

Today #tanka #haiku

Storm-Clouds

It’s a slate grey day
Relentless cold rain beats down
Summer is long gone
I want to go through a book
Curled up on a nice warm couch

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See the wet cool words
Mild but not agreeable
November showers

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  The words this week are “Pleasant” and “Read“.  This week I wrote a Tanka and a Haiku.

And yes, 40 F (4 C) and pouring rain today – my least favorite weather.

Darkening Story – #haiku #tanka

Piles of them

Hue towards orange
Bruise purple and macabre brown
The world turns spooky

Lose leaves on patio

Tingle down my spine
Visions of a darkened hue
Words ghoulishly stained
This season I like to read
Some tales embellished by fear

Halley Pencil Skull

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  The words this week are “Color” and “Creepy“..  This week I decided to do both a haiku and a tanka.

Autumn on Fire #haiku #tanka

Kitchen Window

Morning light strikes gold
Bright rays hit October leaves
Sets forest aflame

Out of my window

Watching from window
A beautiful glowing death
Spellbound in delight
In this cycle we call life
The phoenix must show envy

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  However, this week is more of a free run.  This week i decided to do both a haiku and a tanka.

Note – the photos, all taken from my kitchen window, are from a couple of years ago – we do not have any color yet.

After the Equinox – #Haiku #Tanka

Leaves, heald track

Bid to last the day
Wind shakes the color from tree
Death plunge of a leaf

My back yard

A bid to summit
The crackle beneath my feet
Dislodged stone slides down
Autumn hike on a mountain
Tests my feet but frees my soul

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week the words were Fall and Try.  This week i decided to do both a haiku and a tanka.

Note – the photos are from a couple of years ago – we do not have any color yet.

It is the Lusty Month of May with a #haiku and a #tanka

House Finch

House Finch

Whistle nature’s song
Delight and praise for the spring
Feathered choir performs

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Cardinal

Cardinal

The sun warms my blood
My heart beats an earthy tune
My soul hums your name
We celebrate the season
A hymn of praise for spring’s love

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Sing” and “Celebrate”.  Following her suggestion, I didn’t use the words, I used only synonyms.

This week I decided to do two.  They’re small ;)

Spring Flower – #Haiku

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Magical allure
Marking the passing season
Spell warms the moment

A beautiful grace
Fragile day made visible
Braving winter’s breath

This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Charm” and “Time”.  Following her suggestion, I didn’t use the words, I used only synonyms.

Since they are so small, I decided to do two ;)

Spring seems to be here at last!  But the photos are from last year.

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It Will Come, It Will Come… – #haibun #haiku

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It Will Come

The wind bites my face.  I shuffle on, glancing up when the weather allows.  A blanket of white is drowning the land.  The calendar is playing tricks, mocking us with one blizzard after another while my Facebook shows me reminders of the flowers I saw on this day in the past.  I know, I need a little self-control and wait it out.  The lush plant life will return, recreating the landscape around me.  A strong gust makes me duck my head again.  I am not sure if I will preserver.

The world born again
Endurance over winter
Bloom to emerald

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Patience” and “Green”.  Following her suggestion, I didn’t use the words, I used only synonyms.

We are having our third Nor’easter in two weeks.  This one will be the biggest, with well over a foot for snow.  The weather forecast shows some of the coldest weather of the year coming later this week and another snow storm next week.  Every day for the last week there have been pictures coming up on Facebook reminding me that by this time every other year we’ve had flowers.  I want winter to be over!

Pealing Back the Years – #Haibun #Senryu

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Pealing back the Years

I am walking through the village, fighting a cold wind.  Random flakes are stinging my face.  What’s that?  Ah, it’s the clarion sounds from the church reverberating through the town.  A chill goes down my spine as I remember the sounds of yesteryear and for the moment I am that child once again, out in the cold to pass time as I anxiously await the holiday.  The warmth of the special day glows inside.  The excitement is building, until that last echo tolls off of the distant hills.  It is quiet again, and I walk on in the too chilly present.

I hear them ringing
Sound from a distant tower
Chimes of bygone years

No, that title is not a typo ;)  This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.  The key words today were “Bells” and “Past”.  Following her suggestion, I didn’t use the words, I used only synonyms.  In the past I would call the poem part a “Haiku”, but I’m not sure, so I called it a “Senryu”.  I may be wrong….