listen as darkness falls

 

Listen to silent barn; cattle chores
finished when farmer turns out light
as darkness falls.

Listen to busy crickets, fiddle
incessantly from damp ditch grass
as darkness falls.

Listen to tall corn grow, stretching
and squeaking to whorled height
as darkness falls.

Listen to lightning bug wings
chirr while rising to spark new mate
as darkness falls.

Listen to killdeer warn their
nestlings to huddle in feather bed
as darkness falls.

Listen to far stars, singing ancient
alien lullaby with grandmother moon
as darkness falls.

 

 


A pastoral poem in six tercets, patterned after Jane Kenyon’s “Let Evening Come” and linked to Kim’s mini challenge at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.

how to ride a heat wave

Create a fusion haiku from these 2 classics, then write a troiku for CDHK…

 

blue autumn skies
folded into mountains
purple shadow

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow

© Kyoshi Takahama (1874-1958)

 

my “fusion” haiku:

 cloudless sapphire skies
sun casts shadows of heatwave
mountain willow shade

© lynn__

my “troiku” series:

cloudless sapphire skies
left camp early to climb peak
perfect summer day

sun casting shadows
of hikers on rocky path
break into a sweat

mountain willow shade
rest to unpack picnic lunch
inhale alpine air

 

 

 

 

 

 

hot concrete

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Playing with magnetic poetry online (poet kit) and thinking of sister I never met, miscarried years ago…used words given at first try.

movement of life

 

salmon flash upstream

an urgency to breed

eggs float underwater

 

seed coat splits open

sprout pierces into light

leaf nodes bulge green

 

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wet monarch emerges

stretches sticky wings

 

moment of conception

multiple cell divisions

quickening in her womb

 

strong uterine contractions

now little hooves appear

cow licks fresh calf

 

mare wickers softly

new foal stands wobbly

searching for teat

 

chubby babe rolls over

sits up with support

takes first steps to daddy

 

 


Linking to dVerse poetics where Amaya invites us to write about movement…

crow on branch

Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai offers us a beautiful haiku by renowned Japanese poet Matsuo Basho to “photoshop” (tweak) a little. Here’s my attempt:

 

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure

on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk

© Basho (Tr. Stephen Wolfe)

bare tree branch sways with

dark crow’s weighty silhouette

autumn flies away

© lynn__

Crow

hashi-i

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai with this tanka…


 

sip book and iced tea

late summer sumac turns red

cooling off…on porch

 

sinking into old stuffed couch

before school begins again

 

climate change

I’m linking this “sun/Son” quadrille (44 words) to  dVerse Poets pub   where we’re diving into the subject of climate crisis this week…


 

powerful star
commands our
entire system solar

glorious light
shines too bright
for human sight

his light maintains
so life sustains
planet’s green plains

will we war
for what we adore?
been done before

apostasy done
spiritual war won
when earth falls into sun

 

 

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”  (Psalm 2:12 KJV)

opening to lovelight

 

floating on black pond

mysterious lotus heart

~ deeper reflections ~

 

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image: unsplash

sun psalm

 

display of glory

nearly audible voice heard

sunbeams from heaven

 

(Psalm 19: 1-6)

frozen dreams

Join Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for an ice cream “troiku” challenge!


 

snow fall in belly
adding lusciousness to feast images
vanilla ice cream

© S.D. Tiwari

 

 

 

 

snow fall in belly
pocket change for tinkling truck
cool summertime treat

adding lusciousness
to fruity pie a la mode
at holiday feast

vanilla ice cream
lactose intolerant now
such sweet memories

 

 

Free…to live right

Instead of seeking to be great, may Americans seek to be good!

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“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of the government…[but] upon all of us to govern ourselves…to sustain ourselves according to the ten commandments of God.”   

– James Madison, founding father & U.S. President 1809-1817

boondocker sticker shock

Renga series linked to weekend challenge at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


 

among dune grass
silver bleached logs
and a perfect day

we gather sticks for campfire
share stories of desert lore

desert sunset
cholla cactus sticks
to the light

gaze on painted desert sky
day ends in glorious flames

desert ways
branching all over
cholla cactus

slowly spreads across landscape
thick barrier to hikers

alone and asking
to be touched
teddy bear cholla

appears to be cuddly (not)
waits to stick barbs into you

overcoming rocks
a stream of cacti
slowly spreading

pieces fall to ground and sprout
sink roots down in desert sand

writing
desert poems
pencil cholla

words jump sharply like cactus
hope to make impressive point

 

 

 


Haiku verses © Jane Reichhold
Tanka responses © lynn__

 

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