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

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.

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.