REBLOG – No Street Lights (renga with Jen) – March 7, 2015

no street lights tanka

After composing this haiga in response to Carpe Diem Tanka Shrine“No Street Lights”, I had some reservations as to whether it worked as a tanka.  After talking with Georgia (Bastet) we agreed that this may – perhaps – be effective *either* as a haiku *or* as the hokku / first response in renga.   Then we created a renga based on this feeling!

Here is that renga.  Because WeirdPress does strange things with formatting on occasion, Georgia’s portions will be in blue and my portions will be in green.

no street lights
along this crumbling sidewalk –
just my jagged breaths
the ghosts of autumn
gossip in the night

the screechy owl’s song
blends with the cricket concert
at midnight

a growing dampness
blankets these black hours

– Morpheus’ smile
shades vineyards and corn fields
dew drops on lilies

wet grass clings to my feet
as if memory

long long silences
between sleeping visions
of bright nebula

yellow stars on velvet –
a cat blinks in the hedges

alone in the yard
his sensations all aglow
her perfume whispers

a shower of rose petals
and the clink of wine glasses

loving embraces –
the ghosts of autumn
gossip in the night
along this crumbling sidewalk –
just our jagged breathing

Thanks Jen for doing this renga with me … a great experience! I’ve chosen this unorthodox method of reblogging because WeirdPress tends to put any images that may be up for a post into my media library .. so the choice is either to copy just what I want or get a bunch of extra stuff.  For Jen’s full post follow the link above … and visit her blog if you haven’t yet .. you’ll love the adventure!


Writing with Fuyuko Tomita – Tanka – February 20, 2015



Sansan to/ sosogu asahi no/fuzukue ni/ nokosu mikan no/ uta zo samishiki

How lonely I would be
left behind on my desk
an unfinished poem
in the glorious morning sun

© Fuyuko Tomita

“(Note that the Japanese version is in five lines – but – as she explained to Chèvrefeuille in a separate post – the English version is slightly different. She is translating her poem so as to keep the spirit of the original, more so than the structure of the original.)”

My attempt at using the author’s style:

in the morning sun
my words accompany me
each line of haiku
removes lonely shadows
like bright glorious sunshine

© G.s.k. ‘15


This weekend’s prompts at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai are being published by Paloma also known to us a Jen from Blog it or Lose it! and I’d like to give her a rousing cheer!  Thanks Paloma!

Three Word Wednesday Reflections – Free Verse – February 6, 2015

There but for fortune …

before your spring flower wilts
and deathly cold makes you shiver
don’t let your desire for quiet numb you,
’cause there but for fortune go you, or I

you walk down the dirty city streets
not seeing the homeless and weary …
you hear the shouts from next door
ignoring he drinks and beats his wife …

you religiously watch the evening news
so full of horror, yet you’re numb:
a mother killed her own child today,
then guilty jumped to meet her death …

a man lost his job and home
then shot himself in early dawn …
our bombs fall on a foreign city
killing randomly at night …

wilted lives gone stale and bad
“others” shiver in unbidden horrors,
hidden in your desire not to see …
you forget that yours is just good fortune.

© G.s.k. ‘15

3 Word Wednesday

3 Word Wednesday

The  words for Three Word Wednesday were: wilt, shiver and desire

Another version of “There But for Fortune” which I’d never heard:

This poem was inspired by one of my readers.  Over the past week, she’s had occasion to write: “there but for fortune …. ” and today I just couldn’t let it pass without reflecting on the song .. and the differnt aspects of our world today, where there but for fortune may go you or I … Here’s to Jen from Blog it or Lose it! with many thanks.

Thursday Monochrome – Shashin no uta – January 29, 2015

observing the lake_collage


watching and observed
an old lantern in the port
autumn morning

© G.s.k. ‘15

For Blog it or Lose it! a Photoku!

WHAT’S A Shashin no uta?

“In a nutshell, to compose a Shashin no uta you 1) write a haiku, and 2) put together a series of images to illustrate your haiku.  There should be no written words in your images.  You may add your written haiku after the photoku if you desire. ”  Jen from Blog it or Lose it!

A Mr. Linky fix Tutorial – Just a Note- January 26, 2015

Most of you using Mr. Linky have found that the green frog shows up beautifully in your editor, and indeed, people can see the Mr. Linky as it sits in their e-mail notifications, but once the post goes live, there’s a blank spot where Mr. Linky should be.

This happened to us at Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie a couple of weeks back.  I wrote a ticket to Mr. Linky, thinking that my problem was with them.  They replied that the problem lay in WordPress’s cache policy.  Our Jen from Blog it or Lost it! put her analytical mind to the problem as well as wrote a ticket to WordPress with my correspondence with Mr. Linky.  She spent not a bit of time posting back and forth with a WordPress person and got no satisfaction, but observing the Haiku Horizons weekly prompt, that uses Mr. Linky, but their own badge to direct their readers to the Mr. Linky form,  figured out what needed to be done to get Mr. Linky to work.

On Haiku Horizons, you won’t see Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page, but the Haiku Horizons badge, which once clicked takes you to Mr. Linky where you can add your data.  How does this work.  Why in the same way that you get an image widget to show up on the side-bar of your Blog!

You go to your Media Library choose the image you want reproduced on your sidebar, copy and paste the code information you find attached to your image into the Widget information box and there you go… you’ve got an image of one of your photos or badges of sites you follow on the sidebar.

So, what you must do to use Mr. Linky is download the image to your computer and then upload the Mr. Linky Green Frog to your Media Library, it will create a code … below is the Modified code (I changed the blog info shown) for a the image of Mr. Linky on a hypothetical Blog:”></a&gt;

It has all the information to open an image from your media editor, location name, date uploaded, name and type of image  when it was uploaded in html form … I’m presuming that the <a> says to show the image, but I’m not code oriented so I can’t tell you.

Now you can go and get your regular code from the Mr. Linky site:

<a target=”_blank” href=””><img border=”0″ src=””></a&gt;

you’ll recognize this … in our case it’s an modified old code used by our Jen for MLMM …

Remove  the last part of the code after src= this is a facsimile of what you should now see:

<a target=”_blank” href=””><img border=”0″ src=

At this point add to this code contains the information of where your Mr. Linky frog is on your Blog:

<a target=”_blank” href=””><img border=”0″ src=””></a&gt;

I wrote the information for our Media Library onto a Notepad txt document and then saved where I can get to it easily. If you want to use your own badge for the Mr. Linky image … just upload a thumbnail of your badge and use the code it create in your regular Mr. Linky information code like I did here for the Mr. Linky Logo.

If someone has an easier way to work around this problem … let us know!

Hope this helps … and happy blogging!  Bastet