honey-dewed sighs

 

honey, do you love me?

why don’t you say it louder

with your warm, strong hands

holding me closer until i melt

into your steady, beating chest

where i find the safest nest

within your steady heart  best

so hold me closer until i melt

into your strong, warm hands

why not say it louder–

honey, you do love me!

 

 


A mirror poem for Frank’s reverse poetry prompt at dVerse Poets

wet garden at sunrise

 

a swinging gate

on both sides the flowers

open – close                                   (C) Jane Reichhold

 

welcome morning glory vine

garden spider’s dewy web          (C) lynn__

 


A “tan renga” is haiku written by one poet and 2-line response by another poet.

phodrang marpo trinkhor

Like sound of title? Folk music from Tibet!

 

himalayan sound

prayer flags tune mellow song

longing for freedom

 

 

soft as cashmere

Folk music of Kashmir, India featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


 

hypnotizing voice

exotic music sways heart

sung by graceful hands

 

 

disgruntled digestion

Quadrilles (44 words) “in a box” served by De at dVerse poets’ pub!


 

Dad must have eaten

too many sandwiches

packed in cold lunch pail

over fifty working years

 

Probably seen enough 

bologna to last another

fifty, sliced bread spread

in days before microwaves

 

Retirement home’s

elegant menu choices,

Sunday buffet brunch…

contrast supper’s disappointing 

 

box lunch!

 

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Shel Silverstein

 

 

feathered peace

Weekly challenge at Ramblings of a Writer using words: paloma & imagination


 

do you hear birds cooing?

paloma blanca

rock dove

tumbler

common pigeon

turtledove

 

what do you imagine?

ear worm of once-popular song

nest in niche of ancient stone wall

performance of flying back flips

disrespected military statue in park

gentle hearts of monogamous mates

 

 

 

ryukyuan min’yo

Okinawa folk music featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

 

japanese lovebirds

sing knotting verse to sanshin

— outdoor living room

 


Note: These are sometimes called “knotting” or “tying” songs and accompanied by a stringed “sanshin” (or two).

joik music

Folk music of Sami people featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .


 

arctic circle folk

chant joik under northern lights

herdsmen of reindeer

 

 

shine light in darkness

Frank J. Tassone hosts haibuns at dVerse Poets on Hiroshima Day, 2018.

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Hiroshima Memorial Ceremony

Reading a thin volume, Hiroshima, in high school, I experienced the mushrooming disturbance to our world. Horror, regret, tragedy and fear seared my mind as images of devastation burned into my imagination. An unthinkable calculation dropped this surreal weapon of ghastly power on unsuspecting civilians. 

Visiting Pearl Harbor as an adult, I attempted to understand the whys of warfare. An over-reaching dictator and ultra-ambitious military attacked unsuspecting soldiers, provoking enmity. Havoc, death and destruction ensued, trailing a bloody wake across the “Pacific” (sadly ironic) theater. 

Until it finally ended with not one, but two, atomic bombs. Who fully realized the fallout of unleashing such force? Acts of war escalate exponentially, beyond all expectations of reasonable retaliation. Let ugly history be our strict teacher and awful memory be our future deterrence.

 

land of rising sun

lanterns floating on water

lit with hopes for peace

 

 

 

calligraphy serifs

Chèvre at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai challenges us to write “fusion troiku”: combine two classic haiku into one, then use for first lines of haiku series of three…


 

before the white chrysanthemum
the scissors hesitate
a moment

 

calligraphy of geese
against the sky—
the moon seals it

 

© Yosa Buson  (Tr. Robert Hass)

 

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scent of cut blossom —

moon, like white chrysanthemum,

pale against dark sky

© lynn__

 

scent of cut blossoms

wafts delicate from altar

…fresh bridal bouquet

 

moon, like a white mum,

blooms full at summer solstice;

signs written in spheres

 

pale against dark sky

—revelations’ seven seals—

groom rides on white horse

 

 

 

zeybek dance

Folk music from Anatolia, Turkey, featured on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.


 

masculine eagles

follow baglama, drum, reed,

— dissonant music —

colorful, tassled dancers

proudly prance tradition’s steps

 

 

 

fado (fate)

Folk music from Portugal featured on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.


 

eyes search horizon

red sun in morning— warning

will his boat return?

 

 

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