Nest – #Haiku #TankaTuesday

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Used nest
Scrapped for new –
Homey

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #168, Comfort and Worn. I decided to do a 2/3/2 haiku because it was hard to get the synonyms for those words to fit together in such a tight space with a nature theme. I think I did it, but wow! What a challenge!

This was inspired by a birds nest in the maple tree in my backyard. This spring, when the blackbirds returned, they ripped apart the old nest and built a new one in my neighbor’s back yard. The traitors.

The Lake – #TankaTuesday #Haiku #HaikuMadness

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Serene, hushed lake
Plants and animals now sleep
Wait for ice to melt

Serene hush
Lake, fish, cat-tails, now
Solid ice

Placid
Now frozen
Iced lake

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #160, Calm and Present (synonyms are in bold). Recently amongst the blog-o-sphere (or cube? why can’t it be a cube?), there’s been some controversy over how long to make an English haiku. Each of these were intended to be closely related, but they’re obviously not the same.

Which length do you prefer?

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Crystal Prison Guards – #Haiku #TankaTuesday

Crystal Christmas Landscape

Icebound sentinels
Overlooking valleys grim
Sun holds prison keys

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge #156, poet’s choice of words.

I took this picture something like a decade ago, during a winter storm that coated every branch, leaf, and needle with a thin, exacting layer of crystal ice. You couldn’t drive anywhere, the electricity was down, and the phones were all useless. The mountains felt like a prison.

Arise – #Haiku #TankaTuesday

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Squeaks of sunset haze
Cue the start of night’s forays;
Bats on insects graze.

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This was written for the photo prompt challenge in Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #154!

I’m pretty sure this picture is of those epic bat caves in Arizona. Because of the natural elements in the picture, I felt it best to write a haiku. It rhymes, though, which I’m not sure is supposed to be ok or not.

Image by enriquelopezgarre from Pixabay

Earthsong – #Haiku

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Earthsong: cricket’s croon,
Owl’s hoot, Peep frog’s serenade.
Pure summer rapture.

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #138Nature and Clear (synonyms in bold). This haiku was inspired by a summer night, standing near the pond.

 

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Cycle – #Haiku

agriculture clouds corn corn field

Foul, astringent stench
Of grass processed into dung –
Price of lovely blooms.

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #135, Pretty and Ugly (synonyms are bolded in the poem). The farms I drive by on my way to work recently plowed up their old strawberry plants, fertilized, and put in either soybeans or pumpkins to round out the year. Amazing how something as distasteful as manure is necessary for something so wonderful!

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Stormrise – #Haiga, #Haiku

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Clouds roll from the west
Laden with precious cargo.
Slake the mother’s thirst.

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #134, poet’s choice of words. I wrote this to celebrate coming storms, the dog days of summer where rain comes and soaks the ground. I love the afternoon and evening storms, the lightning and thunder, the pounding taps of warm rain on the windows.

I guess I could do without the hail, haha!