Water #poetry #drought #Uganda

one blue cup each flows easily through her hands dry river beds laughter’s pure reflection sing song they learn A B Cs * so young to be old internal Acholi’s strength Nile clouds my vision * If I share a handful of their giggles, would you share a handful of precious water? This week’s  Word […]

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 […]

Lonely are her shoes #tanka #art

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

Memory of Spring #haiku #photography #poem

  in memory of the spring now passing I drew the long clusters of wisteria that move like waves   © Masaoka Shiki In cold, grey embers my fingertips, eager seek memories of golden springs long past nature fragrant songs it sings ~mdw   The prompt for today at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem is the poet […]

Lost in the Fog #photography #poetry

The goal of the challenge at Carpe Diem is to take the Tanka (written by Takuboku) as an  inspiration for a Tanka: On the white sand Of the beach of a small isle In the Eastern Sea I, my face streaked with tears, Am playing with a crab (c) Ishikawa Takuboku Dragging my feet my […]

Memories in a box #haiku #photography

All that remained she lived in another time memories in a box * memories in a box one night set free no holding back ghosts reminders not needed the world could see The prompt at Verse First (hosted by Kim Nelson) is Ghosts, Spirits, Scares. I hope you feel the presence of a ghost  in my […]

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 grazing a touch away small footprints lithe beauty takes my breath our […]

Stars, Kisses, Lovers all part of #tanka

  Riveted to his her blue orbs sparkle fire longing for his kiss rays of hot summer star light shining upon lover’s lips   *** I will not forget our moments under the stars You danced in my dreams blue silken scarves and bare skin eyes twinkled delight those nights  

Dream Another Night Away #Valentine #DuetPoetry

She is in his dreams dancing lightly across his sighs closer than a whisper warming his heart waking his need to dance with love they dance to the soft sounds of night spinning with the stars above and the lights in her eyes *** Desire awakening with each kiss perfection in each fluid move finding […]

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