Alive with color
enamoured by this small creature
smile on her face
We use the puppets named Bethany (butterfly) and Judah (Lion) to help teach our lessons. Puppets have an amazing ability to involve even shy children.
One of the first Acholi words I learned was La Fou Fou (Butter fly)
sharing with Napowrimo 2018 as well
need presses the issue
king of all he sees
love conquers convention
our stories make children smile
What do a Ugandan cho and a la foufou have in common? They have found friendship in the Savanna when a lion rescues a helpless cocoon and gains a beautiful and loyal friend. The zoos and parks seem very responsible with their wildlife. This lioness will hopefully return to the wild when she is mature.
lake doesn’t claim this baby
Poets United prompt today is Animals in recognition of World Animal Day
She confident, flits
over my dry and barren soul
brush against fingertips
of my sorrow do you know?
Neither can we speak
I stand in silent wonder
vibrant never weak
heart beats strong like thunder
Daring and alive
this race that she is in
touch hope, now I strive
She vibrant as the wind
our eyes for moments meet
her smile so pure and bright
her convection ever sweet
my burden now seems light
Mercy takes a wing
lift another is her goal
joy her journey brings
detach each from life’s shoals
Lift our spirits
gently remove life’s pain
There are days when life seems too weighty. Those are the days when mercy is the greatest comfort. I hope this poem lifts your spirits (even for a moment.)
Thank you to Poet’s United for this week’s prompt – Mercy.
Proverbs 11:17 “A man who is kind (merciful) benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.”
the garden taken over –
© Iio Sogi (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)
Butterfly shares refreshment
I’m challenged to provide a juxtaposition in the text which I am not sure I have done, but I tried to create a symbiosis in the verse and art.
This wonderful Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt inspired by Kristjaan and Sogi (and the butterfly)
Kristjaan Panneman takes a look at Kanshicho form of Haiku with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:
“I will look at the separate “onji” of “Kanshicho” now and than I will try to explain what Kanshicho was meant to be.
Kan -> means: perception, expression
Shi -> means extravagance, pride, poetry
Cho -> means frivolity, number, butterfly
Kanshi -> means Chinese poetry
As I place those meanings together than Kanshicho means:
A poem in the Chinese way that expresses the extravagance and pride of the poet with the frivolity of the flight of a butterfly. And than Kanshicho starts to come to life. It’s an expression of something which is seen by the poet, a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in to water, in which he/she sees the extravagant beauty and pride of nature. That extravagance beauty is caught in a three lined verse with the frivolity, (in my opinion frivolity means “not strings attached, free”) of the flight of a butterfly.”
So here’s my shot at unconventional frivolous haiku:
I’ll never let go
rainbow caresses my cheek
your smile in my hands
Kristjaan at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem is always providing the most compelling prompts. The “Butterfly” has endless possibilities.
I enjoyed a morning studying, drawing and coloring the monarch butterfly.
Photograph: “Water’s Edge” L. Moon 2012
The verse is overlaid on a photograph that captured the color spectrum in a pool