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#Haikai Challenge #155: remaining heat (zansho)

  https://youtu.be/Uq4_Kir6uE0 Sun rides quivering leaves dancing with playful winds – warm apples redden.     Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: Write the #Haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to remaining heat (zansho).

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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).