Bluster and Blow #autumn #tanka

Novel treatment – Using an unusual or original poetic conception

Among the 26 examples is the poem by Fujiwara Motozane (ca 950) from the Shinkokinshū, #11:1060:

namidagawa / mi mo uku bakari / nagaruedo / kienu wa hito no / omoi narikeri

a river of tears
floats my body off
on its current
but it cannot quell the fire
you have set in my heart

As we look closer to this tanka (or waka) we can see in the first lines what is meant here “a river of tears floats my body off” This sounds unusual, but it is used for poetic conception to make the emotion stronger in this tanka.

leaves-falling

wind playing the blues

all color runs together

trees stripped bare

crows circle on backs of leaves

imagination takes flight

Thanks to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and the inspiring Tanka challenge.

To all my friends I have taken a longer than expected haitus as we finish a remodel, a sale and a move. I realize this tanka (unintentionally) symbolize my life as my colors have all turned into cardboard box brown. ~ Namaste

Life’s Light #haiku #photography

 

candle-dance

 

 

lips whisper speak

echoes cast golden shadow 

un forgotten flame

 

 

 

 

 

Kristjaan’s prompt at Carpe Diem is Candle. There are so many meanings in the flickering light of a candle – what meaning has it for you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View at Dawn #tanrenga #nature #photography

doe and fawns

the open window

screened with a web

leaf shadows

© Jane Reichhold

raise the misty morning veil

 mother leads her fawns to drink

Today’s Tan Renga challenge #108 at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is to echo Jane Reighhold’s beautiful haiku.

Secrets of the Sea #haiku #sailing

sailboat

No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.

– Matsuo Bashō

sepia sails

 brush strokes against yesterdays

alone on the sea

This Utabukuro goal  from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  is to share a favorite haiku and create an all new one inspired on your favorite.

Japanese Garden #haiku

This week Kristjaan has a very nice special feature called “Carpe Diem’s Japanese Garden”. This feature goes back to the roots of haiku and challenges us to go back to basics:
 
1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. A moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
3. A kigo
4. A deeper, spiritual meaning
5. And last, but not least, it must have a nature image

yellow fall remnant

sun plays with light, day begins

butterfly surprise

 

Join along and try the classic expression so enjoyed the world over.

Walk in the Sand #haiku

For this week’s  Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu “back in time” episode we are prompted to write a new haiku or tanka  with the beginning lines:

“with bare feet”

And here is the haiku, inspired on a quote by Khalil Gibran, from Kristjaan:

with bare feet
dancing on Mother Earth’s grounds
wind plays with my hair

© Chèvrefeuille

sandy path 4

with bare feet

distant squeals of ocean play

mesmerised by sand

~ MDW

Loosing Spring #haiku #cherryblossoms

miren naku chiru mo sakura wa sakura kana

without regret
they fall and scatter…
cherry blossoms

~ Issa

cherry heart

 

tracing pink petals

night’s storm determines spring’s end

I leave my heart

The month’s Utabukuro (poembag) prompt by Kristjaan at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem asks us to take a favorite haiku (or tanka),  explain why you chose it, and write a haiku (or tanka) inspired by the first.

I was first introduced (at 8) to Issa and haiku. Though we didn’t have cherry blossoms where I lived, we created cherry trees on paper with india ink and pink tissue paper.  Haiku always signified art and cherry blossoms seem to sing/dance haiku as they tease and fly.

Spring Showers #tanrenga #photography

 

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

 

pink face welcomes sunny days

tears of heaven, silvery jewels

© mdw 2016

azalea in a drop

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

rusty pail slips from my hands

 listen for the endless bottom

(ok I had to do something fun)

milk pail

The Tan Renga takes the verse of another (in this case Chiyo-Ni) as inspiration. The poet then adds two lines (7-7) to create a link between the two poets.

Chevrefeuilles Haiku Kai (hosted by Kristjaan Panneman) has prompted another  wonderful challenge for spring.

Lonely are her shoes #tanka #art

One of Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques as discussed by Jane Reichhold:

  1. Mystery and depth – yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness

 

This category is associated mostly with Fujiwara Shunzei (1114-1204) Teika’s renowned father and tanka expert. Teika mentions this in some of his other teachings and uses as examples poem #3:254 Kin’yōshū by Toshiyori:

 

uzura naku / mano no irie no / hamakaze ni / obananami yoru / aki no yūgure

 

cries of quail
from the shore of Mano cove
winds blow
waves of plume grass
ripple in autumn dusk

 

 

black and white ballet shoes

 

dance is done

discarded ribbons on stage

shoes on a nail

old eyes caress memory

finger yellowed playbill’s dust

ribbons