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__

 

kaeribana kigo

“Kaeribana” is Japanese kigo for “returning flowers”…from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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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

attitude of gratitude

Weekend writing challenge on “gratitude” with Sammi Cox   

For undulations of the hills
for desert, daisies, daffodils
for love’s sweet longing family fills
God give us grateful hearts.

For grass to grow, mow everywhere
for pizza, pickles, peach and pear
for every breath we breathe of air
God give us grateful hearts.

For hiking, biking mountain steep
for swimming, surfing oceans deep
for every day our lives you keep
God give us grateful hearts.

For puppies, kittens, goldfish, frogs
for horses, cows, and baconed hogs
for reading books and writing blogs
God give us grateful hearts.

 

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image from wikipedia

off-season hey-haibun

 

In northern U.S., desperados (a.k.a. winter snow birds) travel off-season; heading due south/southwest in search of warmer weather.  Content to leave blowing snow and ice behind, they drive their posse of bumper-hitch campers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes on clearer roads under clearing skies.  Some set hopes on a certain destination while others simply wish to wander anywhere there’s sunshine or long arm of the law can’t reach.  After staring between jail bars at bare deciduous branches,  sightings of cacti and palm trees give welcome relief; every green or blooming plant serves delight to dulled senses.  Creativity thaws, dreams awaken, and youth renews with soothing warmth.  Here, even the animal outlaws avoid hibernation.

 

hazy desert heat

shadow under mesquite shrub

javelina snorts

 

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photo by lynn

 

Hey, they’re saddling up for Haibun Monday at d’Verse Poets today…

desert wandering

 

unnerving silence

bleached bones exposed upon sand

lone vulture circles

 

inviting silence

milky way stars spilled on sky

holiness hovers

 


My scribbles in the sand on “inviting silence” theme at CDHK today.

fibonacci desert sequence

Link to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai with “fibo-ku”

hot
sand
cheops
pyramids
slave labor, clay bricks
egyptian mathematicians
perfectly aligned tombs with stars in orion’s belt
masterfully designed mysteries of history’s engineering feats we marvel

photo credit: dreamstime

photo credit: dreamstime

(poem’s syllabification follows fibonacci sequence of 1,1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…)