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Time and Photos #tanka #haibun #haiku

Eagle

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

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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.

A Halloween Adventure #haibun #tanka

Super Moon - 2 Nov, 2016

A Halloween Adventure

The night is quiet, still.  Nothing is stirring.  We creep forward.  I let out a nervous giggle, and you shush me, all serious.  I pull myself up, trying to look dignified, though the butterflies fight in my stomach.  You give me strength, but is it enough?  We have been moving slow, carefully, but are approaching the hidden crypt.  What will we find there?  Although apprehensive, I take the lead and open the door.  It is my place, after all. But I’m sure you can tell that I am spooked.  Much more brave than I, you smile, brush past me. Taking my hand you pull me through the threshold, closer to the uncharted tomb darkness.  I was hesitant at first, but your mood is contagious and I continue on, trying to echo your confidence.

A chill down my spine
A serious look from you
I approach the vault
Both anxious and excited
I head into the unknown

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Sneaking into a cemetery late on Halloween night?  Perhaps into a mausoleum?  The catacombs under the ruins of an old church? Or did you put an R-Rated meaning to the words?  An X-Rated meaning?  Get your mind out of the gutter! ;)  Anyway, I guess if they are sneaking into a hidden tomb somewhere, it is their first time…

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 “Afraid” and “Grave“.  This week I did a Haibun with a Tanka as the poem.  I tried to use the “key” words multiple times, with different meanings.

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

window-2

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.

When the Force is With Me – #Haibun #Tanka

Swan

When the Force is With Me

I feel the eyes upon me and smile.  I know that I will soon see your sign, that you were really there, thinking of me.  Perhaps in a day or two we will pass a few words, just to make concrete what we instinctively knew, that our thoughts had once again crossed, that somehow our spirits had touched in a spark, though we are far apart.  But that is still in the future and will resolve itself in time.  For now I am content to feel the weight of your mind’s eye on my shoulders and smile, hoping you can feel my sunshine in return.

I can feel your fire
And sense your vitality
Burning from afar
Why do I see you, my dear
From the far side of the world?

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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 Vitality and Energy.  To me this is an added challenge since the meaning of these two words overlap so much.  Can you tell which words I used for each of these key words?