in the moonlight – Tan Renga – May 3, 2016

wisteria in moonlight by william.russell.1690

William Russell – Indulgy

 

 

in the moonlight
wisteria flowers look fragile –
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille

ghostly tendrils trail
sweet perfume into the night

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 3rd (3) ” in the moonlight”

Paladins and Pirates – Etheree/Tilus – May 3, 2016

 

clash
unrest
as markets,
crash constantly
and the people call
upon bright memories
of peace and prosperity
and of brave paladins of old
who’d took up the sword and rally all
to beat down the treacherous scalawags

my friends, those saviours never existed
paladins won’t come to save the day
pirates abound and scalawags
wreck disastrous ruin
as homeless multiply
in the name of greed
all may be lost
markets crash
people
clash

no  easy solutions
we must all
work

© G.s.k. ‘16

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I couldn’t tell you where this morning’s reflection on the world economic situation came from, I was thinking about something completely different, anyway …

I guess there were/are always a lot of pirates and scalawags (as well as real issues – like expensive war spending)  involved in keeping the world economy in its perennial oscillating state – paladins in the form of central banks and governments have tried to resolve the most recent problems over the last 10 years by reinforcing banks, companies and countries that over-stretched themselves heavily investing in toxic assets. They too are now stretching themselves thin – economically speaking.

World economy isn’t even a little easy to understand – though we do like to find someone or something to blame everything on – in other words a scapegoat. A paladin won’t solve our problems and neither will a scapegoat.  I won’t deny that banks, their executives, corrupt government officials, nearsightedness, the proverbial 10%  and all that jazz don’t exist.  However, let’s try to see where we too work into that scenario, because we do – and we my friends are the manipulated majority.

I came to the conclusion, pretty much forty years ago laying under a bed as bombs fell outside my house in Chad, that as long as everyone looks out just for number one there will always be disunity and economic disaster. From burning down forests to beating up those who are different – closed-minded violence, bigotry and selfishness, is an endemic disease among the people’s of the world which will keep us, the majority of humanity, in a state of poverty – moral and economical – and that 10%?  They enjoy the wealth which we happily give them and then just as happily destroy their profit givers.  They couldn’t do what they do without our collaboration and consent…  something to think about.

 
Etheree

The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Tilus

A non-rhyming, 3-line poem with a syllable count of 6-3-1.

5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest : Guidelines (English Version)

For those who might be interested in participating in the English language section, please follow the link to the original post. Bastet

Akita International Haiku Network

英語版の募集要項を掲載いたします。

皆様のご応募を期待しています。

Here is a present from a Russian haiku poet.

A painting presented by a Russian haiku poet (2)

The 5th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest

 (Guidelines for Submission)

 April 30, 2016

Akita International Haiku Network

INTRODUCTION

In 2012, the 1st Japan -Russia Haiku Contest was launched with the help of JAPAN CENTER IN VLADIVOSTOK as one of the links with the cultural exchange between Japan and Russia, wishing to provide an opportunity to mutually share haiku related to the theme of “the sea” (The Sea of Japan) which connects Japan and Russia.

The organizer hoped that the contest would serve as an opportunity to deepen mutual understanding among people, to promote the interaction of people’s views on Japan and Russia, as well as to convey the enjoyment of reading or composing haiku.

The organizer also hoped that it would serve as an opportunity to strengthen and develop the sister city relationship between Akita and Vladivostok, as well as to…

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Monday Power Short – May 2, 2016

 

What happens when a young woman expecting a romantic holiday in an famous resort town winds up fishing at dawn.  Find out below:

The Romantic Mini-Holiday

Bobbing in the boat at dawn Mary yawned.  She remembered all his talk about a romantic mini holiday to Lake Garda.  She’d looked at the brochures he…

Read on …. Monday Power Short – May 2, 2016

Haiku Horizons – Swing – May 2, 2016

The clock

in the early hours
swinging to jazz accepting
insomnia

up and down
reaching for the clouds
my legs straight out
just yearning for freedom
on a swing in the school yard

ticktock
listening to time passing
as the pendulum swings

he watches her
skirt swinging ’round her thighs
remembering spring

© G.s.k. ‘16

Haiku Horizons prompt “swing”

Haiku Horizons - swing

Haiku Horizons – swing

Tan Renga 2 – Shadows of Leaves – May 2, 2016

shadows of leaves

shadows of leaves
cover the open holes
her flute forgotten

(© Jane Reichhold)

she slips into memories
hidden inside shadows

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge month May 2nd (2) “shadows of leaves”

shadows of leaves
cover the open holes
her flute forgotten                         (© Jane Reichhold)

caressing summer breeze
enchanted melody rises
                 (© Chèvrefeuille)

Biography in 12 Poems – May 2, 2016

Biography in Twelve Verses

stones

 

helplessness
menacing challenge
birth

a drifting figure
like a storm or summer breeze
– father

penetrating
all-pervasive night
black

whimsy and horror
kaleidoscope of events
childhood

anger
blocking the exit
growing up

pin-point and bright
wavering uncertainly
saving light

speak
the inner voice commands
the silence

throwing off fear
trusting once again
or no

this closed window
keeping out the weather
and the sunshine

plain truth –
equilibrium isn’t
balancing stones

satori
momentary dazzling light
in monotony

at sixty-four
a rocky stability
after the tears flowed

© G.s.k. ‘16

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Whirligig 57: THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Weather” by Linda Pastan: menace, father, black, childhood, blocking, light, speak, throwing, window, plain, dazzling, after 

Poets on the Page – MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 Poetry Prompts

Poetry Prompts:
Write for ten minutes asking what balance means to you, how balanced or unbalanced your life is, and/or what feels balanced to you.

Or…

Write about balance in nature, where you see it and/or feel it.

Word Prompts:
Balancing
Stability
Equilibrium