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#Haikai Challenge #156: new coolness (shinryoo)

Mama leads five jakesDawdled pecking crosst the roadPapa follows, lookoutAutumn's new coolness arrivesWarm feathered huddles in night trees   This morning on my trip to the library, I waited and watched a family of turkeys crossing the road. It seems a little late for jakes, but what do I know. Note: Adult male turkeys are… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #156: new coolness (shinryoo)

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#Haikai Challenge #153: cricket (koorogi) / #154: morning-glory (asagao)

  dewy flags unfurl to fall wind's bright trumpets tired crickets now sleep morning glories open us to the new day's chorus     https://youtu.be/e0TInLOJuUM         top image link here bottom image is  from the collection called Momoyogusa = Flowers of a Hundred Generations by Kamisaka, Sekka (b1866-d1942) from The New York… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #153: cricket (koorogi) / #154: morning-glory (asagao)

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dVerse — Poetics — Night Harvest

Night Harvest Farmer neighbors join hands, bringing in the sheaves under a wheat moon while babies curl in baskets dreaming of milky warm breasts   https://youtu.be/p7yMUIezLSE   image:  "The Harvest Moon," by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) Rosemarie Gonzales is today's host at dVerse.  Rosemarie says: Write a poem about or with “wheat” and its possible variations.

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Haikai Challenge #151: first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi) / Darkness (Yami)

https://youtu.be/460NixHdIP8   First Autumn Storm Dense saunal mist begs dark clouds' rumbled promises – buckets poured gain trust. Grass greens as we hear its thrum, Inhaling cool autumn breeze.     Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga,… Continue reading Haikai Challenge #151: first (autumn) storm (hatsu arashi) / Darkness (Yami)

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#Haikai Challenge #146: Buck Moon

Moon's churned cream glows bright while fireflies and rabbits play; thunder's promise grows. Grazing bucks nibble clover's sweet dew as velvet blossoms. Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: The July full moon, the Buck Moon: The next full Moon will occur on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at 12:44AM ET, and is… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #146: Buck Moon

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#Haikai Challenge #144: Summer Solstice Midsummer (manastu) I — Day at the beach

  Blue skies linger as plovers skitter down the shore; Waves whoosh lullabies. Gulls wheel as minnows flash, catching dayflies at surface. Solstice days extend. Cloud's shadows dance along bright beach umbrellas while babies sleep in cool shade. Sunset is still hours away.   I tried to put the double tankas side by side but… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #144: Summer Solstice Midsummer (manastu) I — Day at the beach

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Haikai Challenge #138 (5/9/20): fawn (kanoko) and dVerse OLN 051420

i Pit stop trailside, I Walk through the tall grass, then squat – Soft brown eyes meet mine. Tan fur, curled and spotted, rests. My bizness done, we part ways.   ii Mother looks both ways, crosses country road at dusk – fawns dawdle after. She shows the way through the fence And where to… Continue reading Haikai Challenge #138 (5/9/20): fawn (kanoko) and dVerse OLN 051420

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Haikai Challenge #134: Easter Lily

Among the crocus, A rainbow Easter lily Rises this morning. Hummingbirds and butterflies Somersault, waiting their turns. 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 the Easter Lily.

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#Haikai Challenge #133: twittering (saezuri)

Morning's pink-gold sun Rises behind the pine row Mist shrouds dewed, still grass Last year's garden twitters as Birds peck seeds in the litter       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… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #133: twittering (saezuri)