frozen razzle dazzle

 

sun dogs howl in cold

temps drop after arctic blast

winter’s shining face

she wears best diamond earrings

snowdrifts sparkle with brilliance

 

 

I couldn’t resist Kiwinana’s tanka prompt, using “winter” and “shining”!

 

 

off-beat circadian rhythm

 

waking teenage boy

in morning proves real challenge

he’s wired to sleep sound

after three alarms buzz on

you will find him still snoozing

 

“What time did you go to bed?”  is my first question 🙂  Join Elsie’s weekly tanka challenge at Ramblings of a Writer.

love to die for?

The forbidden love between the lowly Ferhad and the princess Shirin is an old Persian love story. Ferhad killed himself in the desert when he was tricked into believing that Shirin was dead. Hearing of Ferhad’s death, Sherin then killed herself because she could not live without him. Subsequently the two were buried together.  It’s similar to the Shakespearian tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

(information and image taken from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)

love story

 

~ fateful attraction ~

when lovers choose death writes our

tragic love stories;

heartbroken readers wishing

romance had better ending!

 

 

 

will you play?

Response to Elsie’s tanka challenge using: prepare & surprises

 

games prepare children

for life’s odd wins and losses

Candyland delight

anticipate surprises

outcomes are all in the cards

 

images

(free clip art)

secret well of life

 

empty of myself

my energy depleted

fill my cup again

i thirst for living water

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photo by lynn

only you can satisfy

 

 

epic warfare

 

fantasy music–

dragon warriors battle

Conqueror of the Sky

spiritual warfare will

determine men’s destiny

 

 

Inspiration and, more haiku/tanka posted at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

500th anniversary year

Joining with tanka challenge at Ramblings of a Writer, include: history, surrounded.

 

true church will stand strong

surrounded by witnesses

joined in history

reformation revival

proves perseverance of saints

 

 

Of course, Christ’s true church is neither a building nor a denomination but the history of the Wittenberg church is interesting:

All Saints’ Church, commonly referred to as Schlosskirche (Castle Church) and sometimes known as the Reformation Memorial Church, is a Lutheran church in Wittenberg, Germany.

The main portal was often used by the university staff to pin up messages and notices. On 31 October 1517, the eve of All Saints’ Day, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the doors of All Saints’ Church. This act, meant to promote a disputation on the sale of indulgences, is commonly viewed to be a catalyst for the Protestant Reformation…

The church became the burial site of Frederick the Wise (1525), Martin Luther himself in 1546, and of Philipp Melanchthon (1560).

During the Seven Years’ War the Wittenberg fortress was occupied by the Prussian Army and shelled by Imperial forces. In 1760, the Castle Church was destroyed by a fire resulting from the bombardment. The blaze left only half of the foundation standing, and none of the wooden portals survived but All Saints’ was soon rebuilt…

After Wittenberg was incorporated into the Prussian Province of Saxony, King Frederick William IV, in 1858, ordered commemorative bronze doors to be mounted onto the jambs where the original wooden ones had hung. On the doors the Theses are inscribed in their original Latin.

On the occasion of the fourth centenary of Luther’s birth in 1883, an extensive restoration of All Saints’ in a Neo-Gothic style was begun. (source: Wikipedia)

 

 

portrait of purity

 

lovely young lady

sixteen-year-old Cecelia

graceful hand strokes pet

white ermine protects maiden

of Leonardo’s portrait

 

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source: wikipedia

 

Link to Ramblings of a Writer tanka challenge: lady & portrait

 

last ditch effort

 

 

walking gravel road

thistles, dandelions wave

butterfly garden

painted ladies and sulphurs

taste weeds before go to seeds

 

 

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photo by lynn

leave a light on

 

soft summer moonlight

heaven’s night light shines on all

illuminates earth

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photo by lynn

 

maybe God’s like motel 6:

I’ll leave a light on for ya!

don’t miss awesome view

Jumping on Kiwinana’s weekly tanka challenge:  life & fun

 

 

live your life out loud

play in sunshine, rest in shade

take a little risk

enjoy fun time with loved ones

make good memories today

 

 

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Talsma’s Trail Park 

silly lily lou

 

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old walking partner

husky out of element

farm wo-man’s best friend

animal wears thick fur coat

pants in sunshine, sheds summer

 


Join Elsie at Ramblings of a Writer for tanka challenge: animals & sunshine

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