joy of light series

Continuing series for retreat at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai….


 

XVII.

 

san antonio

cruise boats glow neon colors

night life’s lights shimmer

piano music jazzes

river walk laughter ripples

 

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photo by lynn

joy of light series

 

XII.
glow of a cat’s eyes
hunting for unwary mice
stealthy night prowler
tail twitches, whiskers quiver
hunch low, slink silent, then pounce!

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No joy in this for the mouse (obviously) but another take on “joy of light” theme at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

standing on the heights

A few years ago, I climbed Mt. Torreys with my brother who has climbed many of Colorado’s 14ers.  (Photo found at all trails)


 

inhale mountain air

top-of-world experience

scale barren summit

bird’s eye view of blue vista

worth gulping lungs, aching legs

 

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photo by Brian Mehringer

silent (pause) paws

 

shadowed rabbit tracks

blue moon illuminates snow

coyote’s eerie howl

 

keen nose follows scent of prey

end is mercifully swift

 


Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai invites us to find a haiku from our archives and re-write it. I decided to post a haiku I submitted to a poetry contest last year…and make it a tanka.  Death is part of life in our natural world.

veiled tears

 

Choctaw nation land

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ancestor spirits

crying out for true justice

turnpike poverty hidden

 

taka tanka

“Taka” is Japanese word for hawk. “Tanka”is Japanese poetry form.

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red-tailed predator

eyes alert, talons sharpened,

silent as fence post

waits for slightest rustling

small creature disturbs switch grass

 

 

portent

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wild swoop over wheat

blackbirds caw in unison

ominous wing beat

storm clouds darken horizon

thunder rumbles threat of hail

 

 


Link to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai featuring “blackbird” kigo.

kazahana

 

winter artistry

pointed in six directions

crystalline magic

shaped sharply symmetrical

an original design

 

 

 

celebration of lights

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Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai “countdown” to Christmas…

so says Sophocles

A distillation of passage from Plato’s Republic linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Sophocles was a Greek playwright and here’s a quote from his play “Antigone”: 

“Many are the wonders of the world but none is more wonderful than man.” — Sophocles

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this gift of old age

when strength of passions relax,

free to be at peace…

but elderly who complain,

were they happier in youth?

 

 

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Sophocles bust (public domain)

 

beauty chillin’

 

frost sparkles on trees,

catches prisms of sunshine

and glitters  landscape;

i stare in admiration

of God’s holiday lighting!

exotic postmark

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt to write of classic kigo, “ran” (orchid).

 

symmetry blossoms

in small post office lobby

— tropical orchid —

tender, delicate, and brave

sending messages of love

 

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photo by lynn

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