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#Haikai Challenge #119: New Year (Shinnen) — Season’s Cloth

Season's Cloth Old year put to sleep under a green-white brocade -- dreaming forevermore. Winter's dark blanket awaits Light germinates a New Year   https://youtu.be/YQd-RdcIjm0   Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the #haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga) that alludes to… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #119: New Year (Shinnen) — Season’s Cloth

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#Haikai Challenge #116 (12/7/19): Cold Moon and dVerse OLN #256

Twelfth night December's Iced globe – blue light broadcast Above and below Cold moon bounces cross-country Nature's wordless winter song   In long night's silence Winter's moon is small comfort To cold loneliness Two castaways, far apart, Look up and share a warm dream     Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge. … Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #116 (12/7/19): Cold Moon and dVerse OLN #256

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#Haikai Challenge #115: Advent

Manger straw smells sweet Heaven's choir rehearses Bethlehem's star ascends Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says: Here in the Northern hemisphere the darkness lengthens and deepens until December 21st. Then the days lengthen. Is that not a sign of hope? What better kigo for this week, then, but Advent?  This… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #115: Advent

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#Haikai Challenge #114: Thanksgiving and dVerse OLN

Thanksgiving Alone Dawn, cold November Snowflakes blanket a grey sky Wet firewood smokes Warm hearth's gatherings distant No footprints lead to my door Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga) that alludes to Thanksgiving. image link… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #114: Thanksgiving and dVerse OLN

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#Haiki Challenge #113 — fallen leaves (ochiba)

Words fall in Autumn like leaves, wet and fading -- an old man's life ends.   The haiga was written in honor of Matsuo Basho, whose painting here inspired me, as the characters look like falling leaves. Haiga is a Japanese concept for simple pictures combined with poetry, usually meaning haiku. In Basho's time, haiga… Continue reading #Haiki Challenge #113 — fallen leaves (ochiba)

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#Haikai Challenge #112 (11/10/19): Veterans Day

To our soldiers, living and passed on, I thank you. Please accept these humble poems to honor you. Trained sacrifices To appease warmongers -- White crosses, green hills Poppies pale mimics of fields blossoming red – Tears remember. Shiny medals dance on the chest of a hero – wheel-chaired, he accepts Armistice Day Blood faucet… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #112 (11/10/19): Veterans Day

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#Haikai Challenge #111: withering wind (kogarashi)

Pine boughs bent with snow Hide birds from numbing death Withering winds hunt   Winter's shortened days Farenheit falls, wind gallops Whistling 'cross the plain   https://youtu.be/THwEGyBR5GM Lost in blind blizzard A traveler lays down Now warm and sleepy Horizontal winds bring Lullabies from heaven Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #111: withering wind (kogarashi)

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#Haikai Challenge #110 — Halloween and Samhain

For Halloween: Opal days wane, carved faces shine thrice in moon's light smiles sharing soul cake.     For Samhain: Stubbled fields' sun sets Cattle fall by bonfire's glow Toasts raised to fiddles Fairies flit in warm shadows Nibbling apple nut bread. Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says: This week,… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #110 — Halloween and Samhain

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#Haikai Challenge #109: scarecrow

i. Butterfly stuffings Sail in cold October gusts – Murder of crows wait. Wood bones, tattered skin dances Hat rolls between stalks -- crows feast.   ii. Long past dark stands guard Featureless-faced effigy Crows sleep, hunter moon Sun's melted frost, eyeless tears Crows build shelter from his guts   Frank J. Tassone is the… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #109: scarecrow

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Haikai Challenge #108 — Hunter’s Moon (nochi no tsuki)

Hunter's moon cloaked behind clouds glides soft and stealthy through ice crystal skies Warm breaths and hungry eyes starved For stars. Butter moon pounces.       Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haiki Challenge.  Frank says: FULL HUNTER’S MOON Most of our monthly Moon names come from Native American and early American folklore.… Continue reading Haikai Challenge #108 — Hunter’s Moon (nochi no tsuki)