Your Move #chess #haiku

ck mate, king

Queen’s gambit

a field of black and white

everything to lose

shogi blood

Shoji drop rule

generals switch loyalties

all to kill O-Sho

The prompt for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Chess Game.

I have been intending to learn the game of Shoji so this gave me an opportunity to study some of the differences of the game.

The lower shoji photograph is me playing with a book cover for one of the authors I am working with.

Autumn’s Child #poetry #photography

The Carpe Diem prompt is to write a Tanka, the syllables count is: 5-7-5-7-7 … The inspiration comes from tanka poet Mariko Kitakubo
fine snow
of New Year’s Day,
small footprints
lead to grandma’s gate
before the shrine
~ Kitakubo

 autumn's child

autumn’s child

grazing a touch away

small footprints

lithe beauty takes my breath

our eyes meet

More to Fall #poetry #haiku #photography

weeping willow

The willow weeps
counts the losses time gone by
more to fall
*
more to fall
leaves hang in vibrant color
vitality spent

The prompt for Carpe Diem as we continue to celebrate the autumn kigo is Yanagi Chiru (willow)

Photograph: Willow Branches ©  L Moon

Leaning #atozchallenge #poetry #cherryblossom #napowrimo

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Leaning Tower – Robby Hayton

You lean too far

you drop

nuances

into my hands

like cherry blossoms

too heavy for the bough

you are not strong enough

at least not for now

****

cherry-blossom

Graceful you reach toward the sky

in an upward spiral you grow

touching the clouds upward so high

graceful you reach toward the sky

touching the clouds upward so high

one weakness you have that we know

gracefully you reach toward the sky

in an upward spiral you grow

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Nautilus

The Leaning Tower of Pisa – a campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. took 20 years to build because of war.

Its the time of the year to breathe in the beauty of the cherry blossom. There are many activities to enjoy at the cherry blossom festival in Washington DC.

thanks for the photograph by Robbie Hayton of the Leaning Tower in Pisa

and to Crimson Corvus for the Cherry Blossom photograph

A Day in Infamy #PearlHarbor #Dec7 #WW2

December 7th – just another day to many but a day that was infamous in a younger world

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Pearl Harbor 1941

A

Sunshine Day

In paradise

Suddenly

Deliberately

An Attack

On Freedom

War

Engages

***

While many were sleeping

others would be laid

to an eternal rest

at the bottom of a harbor floor

no satin lined casket

mother nor lover planted a last kiss

your bodies  more water than man

***

on this day of memories

we take a stand

for a world

where

there

will

be

no

WAR

Another Post written for the lover’s left behind – “Waiting for You” ~ L. Moon copyright 2010

Thanks to The History Place for the archived photo

Stop the Shaking #Japan #oneshotwednesday

Have you ever heard it?

Felt it?

Lived through

IT?

***

I’m one of the lucky ones

a roaring train shook my country

rocked it to its core

not like the gentle sway of my crib

we no longer have a shore

***

Endless days

sleepless nights

don’t close your eyes

someone else may be gone

oh the pain at first light

***

stop the shaking

please things are breaking

mama’s dishes

papa’s bones

stop the shaking

Please

our

home

is

GONE

This is my poem for One Shot Wednesday. There is no form to it, no rhyme , little reason – so like the world in the Japan of today!! Unicef is there for the relief for Japan’s children.

Photography: courtesy of Getty Images / CNN News