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

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?

altiplano camelid

Alpacas are fascinating! Read more about them here: island alpaca site

 

drive by pasture…look!

alpacas in iowa?

friendly hums and pronks

warm-eyed foreigners adapt

produce luxurious fleece

 

steer back to midnight

 

farmer at salebarn

hoping steers go for good price

wife at home pays bills

 

has daily-ness forgotten

the nights as moonlight lovers?

 

 


Tanka for MLMM & Chevrefeuille’s “heeding haiku” prompt: moonlight lovers

hesitant spring

Wood block print from MET Japanese collection

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rough and tumble games

prince haru with palace view

does not join his peers

will he be next emperor?

late snow covers plum blossoms

 

tarashikomi style

Tweetspeak poets at the MET Japanese art exhibit…

 

gold fold-screen panel

graceful brushstrokes of mottled ink

lone tree jags bare sky

artful monk desires fuyu—

persimmon,  red-orange ripe

 

*note: persimmon’s Latin name means “food of the gods”

 

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by Sakai Hoitsu, 1816

purple dreams

Kortney at Tweetspeak Poetry hosts Monday prompts, tanka this week.


 

I come weary,
In search of an inn—
Ah! these wisteria flowers!

–by Matsuo Basho, translated by William George Aston

 

purple moon blooms in doorway
scent welcomes dream traveler

– by lynn

image: groupon.co.uk

 

obsessed with beams

Ramblings of a Writer tanka challenge: Home & Landscape

 

 

son draws in layers

architectural study

home design project

foundational beginning

building to blend in landscape

 

 

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photo by lynn

mustangs of monterrey

 

wild horses gallop

through her mind’s long ago rooms

spirit whinnies free

wonders why they corralled her

in nursing home’s confined stall

 

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Getty Images

 

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Linking to Toads’ Garden, inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem of “long ago rooms”

there is a God and you are not him

Linking this tanka with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today…

 

considering beliefs of

muslim, jew, christian,

on something we can agree:

we believe only one God,

maker of heaven and earth.

 

 

crossroads

Connecting with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt on the silk road…

 

silk road caravans

spread three major religions

passing through desert

risk trade of valued treasure

thirsty souls seek higher goal

 

 

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source: Essay Shark

rooted faith

 

tiny mustard seed

birds find shade in its branches

surprising kingdom

grows into life-spreading tree

from minuscule beginnings

 

 

 

Luke 13:18 & 19

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