Dreams of spring – Tanka – September 12, 2016

Carpe Diem Special #218 Dolores’ 2nd “dreaming of spring”

This is the second special dedicated to Dolores of   “Ada’s Poetry Alcove”, a tanka about life’s cycle:

autumn
flowers drop their petals
summer gone
they sleep in cold earth
dreaming of spring

© Dolores

And here is our host’s lovely tanka:

a last leaf
fights with the fall storm
its color fades
struggling against the wind
it surrenders

© Chèvrefeuille

And now for my attempt:

leaf in wet grass

autumn
as two lovers kiss
on a park bench
even without blackbird song
spring dreams return

© Gsk ‘16

Una Mattina – Chained Senryu – September 11, 2016

three drops of water
here, this dim dewy morning
yet another day

how does one measure
a long lonely day
in metres or feet

what of illusions
of togetherness now gone
that morning

three drops of water
not dew not tears not rain
yet another day

(memories
cathartic shocks
from a TV show)

white clouds pass
and evening comes and goes
yet nothing changes

unless this morning
is a new beginning
yet another day
in this splendid sunshine
the birds sing

© Gsk ‘16

I believe I’ve used Ludovico Einaudi’s music in the past … at least once – he was already in my tags but I’d like to thank Cheryl-Lynn Roberts for reminding me of this author this morning from her Facebook page.

A Fall (Shadorma) – September 10, 2016

Today on Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – “B&P Shadorma & Beyond” offered to us by Candy – we read a delightful poem by Lisel Mueller who born in Nazi Germany was forced to  immigrate to the Mid West, United States with her family in 1942 when she was 15.  In 1997 she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Here a one of Lisel’s wonderful poems:

Things

What happened is, we grew lonely
living among the things,
so we gave the clock as face,
the chair a back,
the table four stout legs
which will never suffer fatigue.

We fitted our shoes with tongues
as smooth as our own
and hung tongues inside bells
so we could listen
to their emotional language

and because we loved graceful profiles
the pitcher received a lip,
the bottle a long slender neck.

Even what was beyond us
was recast in our image,
we gave the country a heart,
the storm an eye.
the cave a mouth
so we could pass into safety.

© Lisel Mueller

our Candy wrote a Shadorma inspired by this poem and asks us to do the same:

you are my
stella lucida
shining when
darkness comes
illuminating corners
where nightmares can hide

© cgk 2016

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(Here is my attempt …)

A Fall 

just falling
off my path’s shoulder
I tumbled
into a funk
then this topsy turvy world
seemed reality

like Alice
all logical thought
suspended
I wondered
when my fall would ever end
and still I tumbled

(free falling
vanquishes breaking
not crashing
– gravity
guarantees a brusque return
to reality)

stark naked –
reality’s blush
seemed modest
to the fool
at the heart of fashion news –
copy cats just purr

© Gsk ‘16

Fish and Frogs – Waka – September 10, 2016

Today I’m looking at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s prompt using the modern kigo offered to us by Jane Reichhold – fish and frogs.  Though particular, I enjoyed writing the ku for her kigo – especially as it brought me back in time to June of this year … here are the examples offered to us by Jane Reichhold through our host Chèvrefeuille (and his haiku effort):

heron silence
landing in the middle
of frog silence

silence
larger on the lily pad
a frog

delicate pastels
in the pain of a pinch
from a crab

new moons
at the edge of the pond
fish milt

© Jane Reichhold

croaking of frogs
resonates through the valley –
cry of a new-born

© Chèvrefeuille

Now for my efforts:

 

under the lilies
playing hide and seek
gold-fish

© Gsk ‘16

storm clouds
gather on the horizon
a frog croaks

old frog
jumps off its lily pad
rain drops fall

in father’s old pond
swim memories of his love
mother sighs

life –
hidden under lily pads
fish and frogs

© Gsk ‘16

I took many photographs of my dad’s fish pond before my mom passed away in late spring.  I enjoyed watching the life on and under the pond – from the koi to the dragon flies and frogs .. it’s a delightful microcosm of life and wonder.  Now both my mother and father are gone and I guess it’s pretty unlikely I’ll see the pond again.  But the memories will always be with me.

30 Days of Haiga – Catchin’ up – September 10, 2016

 

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Day 5:

Black Country road

out of the dark
leading homeward lies
the country road

© Gsk ‘16

Day 6

things don't get done

unwritten verse
words flow past and away
yet are not lost

© Gsk ‘16

Day 7

new wine

he drinks new wine
harvesting summer thoughts
as raindrops fall

© Gsk ‘16

Day 8

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expectations –
the train crosses the Lagoon
as I leave Venice

© Gsk ‘16

Day 9

Mint Tea

day dreaming
in the secret garden
– mint tea and elves

© Gsk ‘16

Day 10

Dawn relections

each dew drop
a world of mist and light –
dawn reflections

© Gsk ‘16

These haiga were created for A 19 Planets Art Blog – 30 DOH (Days of Haiga) – today I’ve finished catching up.  I hope to now begin posting a haiga a day for Rick’s yearly challenge.  Bastet.

Carpe Diem Special for Dolores – September 8, 2016 – Tanka

This month the featured haiku poetess on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Dolores from Ada’s Poetry Alcove. Dolores was the winner of the last kukai “prayers” with the following haiku:

autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away

© Dolores

For the first CD Special Chèvrefeuille has chosen a tanka for our inspiration. She created the tanka inspired by the music of Karunesh entitled Calling Wisdom.

paintbrush flowers
dancing on the hillside
wind blows over reeds
ancient chants resurrected
sights and sounds of summer

© Dolores

cacophony
shatters the evening calm
rushing home
I find refuge in silence
and the sound of wind chimes

© Gsk ‘16