#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     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 the…

#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. …

#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…

#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…

#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…

#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…

#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   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 says:…