man overboard, oyogi!

Oyogi, Japanese for “swimming”, prompt featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

 

father joined navy

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Anchors Away!

tells stories of sailors who

learned to swim at sea…

necessary life skill while

aboard aircraft carrier

texting: italic to gothic

A “decastitch” poem of one stanza, ten lines, ten syllables each. Linking to the dark side of the moon 

 

writer’s birthday gift: calligraphy kit

with how-to manual, paper and ink

pen with precise metal nibs in three widths

hold tip at forty-five degree angle

blotting excess ink on paper towel

discover classic skill of ancient scribes

consider precious manuscripts preserved

carefully practice each alphabet style

experimenting with parchments and fonts

admire peacock blue, favorite ink hue

 

lifespan

 

breathe

receive

leave

believe

achieve

grieve

bereave

 

 

for love of chlorophyll

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai where kigo (season word) is young maple leaves.

 

 

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photo by lynn

 young maple leaves

ecstasy of summer growth

in dappled sunlight

hearts like leaves

 

five-pointed starlight

night blooming (morning) glory

moon waxes…then wanes

 

moonflower

moonflowers – CDHK

to be human

 

i am not a beast

i am not genderless

i am not invincible

i am not a victim

i am not innocent

i am not perfect

i am not alone

 

i am a holy breath

i am engendered

i am vulnerable

i am an overcomer

i am forgiven

i am in process

i am connected

 

Linking to dVerse Poets pub…cheers!

shincha flavors life

 

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s early summer kigo word is shincha, meaning new tea.


 

 

black? chai? or rooibos?

search for favorite cup as

workers pick tea leaves

remember hours of labor

gratitude steeping new brew

hana tachibana

Hana Tachibana means “mandarin orange blossoms” and is a Japanese “kigo”, season word, used in haiku and featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. 

 

fresh breeze scented by

mandarin orange blossoms

tang of memories

shy century

 

hoped to celebrate

grandma’s one hundredth birthday

but she passed away…

left us behind with no cake

she’s partying in heaven!

 

 


Elsie’s 100th tanka challenge at Ramblings of a Writer. My dear Grandma Gertie nearly reached 100 years…can you imagine living for a century?

overripe for freedom?

Current events quadrille for the Nicaraguan people…and dVerse!

 

Nicaraguans are

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taking it to the streets;

cobblestone city streets,

paved with “somoza” stones

of past dictatorships;

socialism promised

justice but in reality

cobbled the people

who’ve had enough

of corruption and

being lorded over by

self-serving politicians

who bury citizens

under bureaucracy.

artist’s signature

Sammi Cox at Author Aspiring hosts ten-word challenge on theme of symmetry.

 

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Symmetry

creates

balanced beauty

of mirror images

determined by

Designer

dynamics of yin & yang

Meoto Iwa, or the “Loved one and loved one” Rocks, are a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan. They are joined by a shimenawa (a heavy rope of rice straw) and celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. At low tide, the rocks are not separated by water.

Chèvrefeuille, at CDHK, offers two haiku for weekend “fusion & troiku” challenge:

 

between the wedded rocks

the sun rises to her highest throne

summer solstice

mountain stream

the ice has melted – dances in the sun

crystal waterdrops                                                                                   © Chèvrefeuille

 

My “fusion” of Chèvre’s haiku into one which lays foundation for troiku series:

 

rock solid marriage

mountain streams refresh the sea

sun rises, moon sets

© lynn__

 

rock solid marriage

united by rope of straw

weighty promises

 

mountain streams refresh

sea waves break upon the rocks

crystal droplets shine

 

sunset and moonrise

benediction over earth

until end of time

 

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