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

 

 

 

tarantella

Folk music from southern Italy featured on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .


 

feel venomous bite

pain and fevered frenzy rise

dance of wolf spider

son plays piano music

fingers bounce faster–faster!

 

 

still life

 

exploring attic

reclaim grandma’s old dresser

drawers of mementos

from her youthful adventures

lily of valley bouquet

 

 

still together

 

lake now mirror calm

abandoned boat rests shallowdeserted boat

ghost tree witnesses

she stood up in sudden squall

he could not swim…sky howls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In memory of victims of recent duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake, Branson MO.  (Image from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)

chinese empress

This tanka began as a “fusion” haiku inspired by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


 

 

in mountain meadow

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source: leafsnap.com

 

one paulownia blossom

flutters through sunlight

 like an angel, brings message

of creator’s intentions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The paulownia tree, native to China, is also called “empress tree”.

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Combination of these two haiku:

a distant mountain
seen in the sunlight:
a desolate field

a leaf of a paulownia tree
has fallen
in the sunlight

© Takahama Kyoshi (Tr. Katsuya Hiromoto)

 

 

for us and our posterity…

 

liberty in law

men died for independence

let’s govern ourselves

constitutional freedoms

preserved in the bill of rights

 

 

 

Linking to Frank J. Tassone’s Haiku Challenge

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

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