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dVerse — meet the bar — Late Summer in West Michigan

  kingfishers eat well as ponds shrink and minnows swarm -- cicada's sing   duckweed and lotus leaf blankets bob in the wind -- turtles sun on logs   wrens eat water oats growing amongst late lilies – ants climb sturdy stalks   sunset colors leave moonrise against silhouettes – river frog kerplops   morning… Continue reading dVerse — meet the bar — Late Summer in West Michigan

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#Haikai Challenge 147: smoldering [hot] (moyuru) — The sound of heat

    Ditches dry, frogs hide; heat sings as cicadas wake – wind sighs through willows.     This is a second offering for the prompt, based on another happening this week. Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun,… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge 147: smoldering [hot] (moyuru) — The sound of heat

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#Haikai Challenge #147: smoldering [hot] (moyuru) — Refreshed

Bees drink from the shore of a shallow inland lake – wrens splash in birdbath.       Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to smoldering [hot] (moyuru).

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#Haikai Challenge #145: wild iris (ayame)

  Wild purple iris on the path to the water one midsummer's day   Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: Like the mayfly, the bloom of [the wild iris (ayame)] lasts but a single day. What better exemplar of transience can we ask for?  This week, write the haikai poem… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #145: wild iris (ayame)

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#Haikai Challenge #141: Justice and dVerse OLN — Blue Death

  Minneapolis: land of white snow and dark hearts – one more chalked outline. * Means of movement for vehicular homicide – a reason to kill. * Persons of color, your mandatory choices: death, cage, tom, drugs, star. * With every badge comes training, fraternity – license to kill. * Blue eyes fear brown eyes… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #141: Justice and dVerse OLN — Blue Death

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Haikai Challenge 136: late cherry [blossoms*] (osozakura) & dVerse OLN

A sunny clearing deep in the woods -- a small tree, cherry: May blossoms. Apple buds wait for first act's cherry's dance -- sweet petals on wind Late cherry blossoms -- I smell them before seeing tender sweet blushes. Honeybee's secret stash behind the hedge -- cherry promises. Mourning doves lament under the cherry tree… Continue reading Haikai Challenge 136: late cherry [blossoms*] (osozakura) & dVerse OLN

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#Haikai Challenge #135: New Moon

The lunatics wait for her arrival each month – when she is all theirs. * * * Her lasting beauty needs its sleep; she retires to a darkened chamber. * * * New Moon gives stars a chance to take center stage, but only once a month. * * * Jealous eyes wonder what she… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #135: New Moon

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#Haikai Challenge #131: first [cherry] blossoms* (hatsu hana)

Grey skies, white blankets Cherry trees dream of blossoms – Spring in name only. Audiences wait Silent, for the Spring showing – Star is dawdling. Hawks cry our thoughts, recalling memories of bursting pink perfumed dots. Chipmunks munch pine nuts like popcorn, watching previews – cherry blossoms sleep. Before the glory of pink blossoms must… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #131: first [cherry] blossoms* (hatsu hana)

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#Haikai Challenge #128 (2/29/20): east wind (kochi)

  Chicago's east wind Gains lake's chilled momentum – MI feathers ruffle.   Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the East wind (Kochi).

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#Haikai Challenge #127: waters of spring (haru no mizu)

Spring in the mountains Frozen stream and bright sun dance Warm laughter trickles Intermission done Velvet cloud curtains open Sun's speech, Spring's tears Winds chase Spring's raindrops In spirals around tree trunks -- Buds dream of leafing. Midseason's water Winter and Spring's tug of war Snow, sleet, rain menu Wormless hunger greets Early robin's arrival… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #127: waters of spring (haru no mizu)