#Haikai Challenge #171: Cold Moon (fuyu no tsuki)

      Fluffy blanket cloudshug winter moon’s cold curves –dogs dream near the fire. Snow owl disappears inside winter’s cold moon heart –pink wings rise with sun. Frost moon brightens dark-shadowed twigs scraping windows –I shiver inside. Dead tinseled trees rest at curbside, row after row,under a cold moon. Mice on ice skates twirlin…

Haikai Challenge #170: Christmas Queen

She of red-crested head, hungry,dwarfs her cagemate with grace.Queen of woodpeckers visitsthis Christmas morning. image link Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge. Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states, or alludes to, any of the Kigo cited above. Please reference which Kigo/Date to…

#Haikai Challenge #159/#160: Fall Foliage/Goose (Kari) — winged company

They waddle cushioned green feedbeds, nibbling new shootsin crisp autumn air. They rise as one, one pink dawn,Wings in formation, on the way…     The Aleutian Canada Goose is mostly a herbivore, and is a primary consumer. They eat: grasses, berries, sedges, aquatic vegetation, legumes, succulents, clover, cultivated grains, corn, wheat, barley, soybean, and…

Haikai Challenge #158: Harvest Moon (meigetsu) and dVerse OLN — Chang’e

Moon Goddess Milk skin, coal hair, hersilk robes once swished earthbound;now moonlight grace shines down.Mid-autumn Harvest honorsher with humble offerings.   From Traveling China Guide Chang’e (Chang E) Flying to the Moon is the most widely told Mid-Autumn Festival legend. It is said that in ancient times, ten suns existed in the sky and the…

Haikai Challenge #157: Autumn Equinox (Shunbun)

Autumn Equinox’ Color ClockBlue globe ticks a notchGreens splash to orange and redYellow heat turns down   Equinox Set ChangeBlue mirrored ripplesOnce framed with green are now brownSwans swim a new pond   Autumn HarvestHungry red squirrelPine nuts, sunflower seeds, pears Wrens eat fat spiders   Images:orange and red leavesswansred squirrel Frank J. Tassone is…

#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…

#Haikai Challenge #155: remaining heat (zansho)

  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).