quiet time

 

morning tea with God

prayerful conversation

listen to the Word

vital act of devotion

Spirit speaks into my life

 

 


Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s final post for month of pilgrimage…”an act of devotion”

clerestory pilgrimage

 

monarch butterflies

floating stained glass windows

reflect light’s glory

delicate creatures on winged

migration to paradise

 

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Getty Images

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__

 

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…

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