Into the Redding Clouds – #Gogyohka #TankaTuesday

Sunset

Shimmer of sunlight
O’er twilight clouds.
Darkness in the east,
Hope in the west
Where lies the frontier.

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This gogyohka was written for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday #189, poet’s choice! I decided to participate this week because, as I was driving home yesterday, the sky was very brilliant. I wanted to contrast sunset, frontier, and the idea that west is “death”, the last adventure.

This picture was taken last year just before Hurricane Dorian came by. It’s not the same as what I saw last night, but a hurricane sky isn’t like anything else and I thought I’d share.

Earth’s Maiden #TankaTuesday #Etheree

elf forest tanka tuesday grass redwood tree

I’ve
never
seen her here
before this day,
but she acts as if
I’m the one to invade.
“Good heavens,” I say, “Who’re you?”
Soft-voiced says she, “What is a name
but manacles holding the soul hostage?
The trees have not names, so why must I stoop
to this human, imprisoning game?”
I thought. “I suppose you should not.”
“I’m now visible because
you matured enough to
understand me.
Listen, learn,
become
free.”

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This week, Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #174 is a photoprompt. To me, this is one of those pictures begging a story, so I had to take the longer form – a double etheree – to get that out.

Marsh Life – #Haiku #TankaTuesday

great blue heron bird north carolina ocean

Herons relish marsh
Where potential mates relax
And dream of molluscs

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #173, idea and fancy (synonyms are in bold). Great blue herons sometimes make it far enough inland to be seen near my house, and efforts to rehabilitate natural habitats are helping to make that occur more often. I’ve seen a few in the swamp next to our grocery store, but usually after hurricanes blow them inland.

Dedicated to Marnie Heenan, who likes nature poetry. Also my computer is back.

 

Rebirth – #TankaTuesday #Cinquain

close up environment flora ground plant budding

Budding
From withered shoots,
New plants remember those
Which died before and and take their
Mantles.

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #171, write a cinquain. Today, as we sit in hushed houses and watch our gardens grow in the back, I chose to limit my words and put everything into as small a bite as I could.

This one is dedicated to my raspberry briers which recently decided they weren’t dead.

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Hatteras – #Tanka #TankaTuesday

hatteras lighthouse

Clouds hide midnight sky –
Do stars still shine under there?
The moon glistens through
Fog like a lighthouse guiding
Lost souls through rocky waters

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This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #170, “The Night Sky”. I decided to write about what happens to the night sky on a cloudy night since we mostly think about clear, starry skies. Hatteras is the most famous lighthouse in North Carolina, guarding the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

Image by George Stephens from Pixabay

Fiasco #haibun #senryu #tankatuesday


The sky sparkles with starlight, but the night is dark. Your face barely shimmers in the pale of a waning moon, but I still worry you can see my cheeks flush with each sip of Moscato. The evening kisses stolen, the warmth of summer instilled in our breasts, we pick up the bottles in their fiaschi and bring them home. I hang them over the doorway.

Whisp’ring reminders
Of alcohol enhanced nights,
Of joy in your kiss.

This haibun was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #169. This was a photoprompt based on the image at the top of the post. The picture was provided by Padre’s Ramblings.

Bug Out Bags

black and gray metal machine inside a room

*Warning for Terrible Poetry Followers: This poem is PG-13 at best

With a P-51 and a stash of old food,
One can hold out in style, lighten the mood.
But you’ll still feel alone
With no one to bone,
So be sure to bring tissues and lube.

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This was written in response to the Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest, wherein the prompt was a limerick about stockpiling for the end of the world. You can find the original prompt post here.

What’s a P-51? Watch this prepper video to find out!

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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.

Duyog – #Gogyohka #TankaTuesday

artistic blossom bright clouds

My voice flows
Your gongs clamor
Cacophonous duyog
Yet perfect symbol
Of our yearning.

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This is a first on the H.R.R. Gorman channel! Jade M. Wong, who is a super duper instagrammer (I’m not, I just looked at her page and was wowed), has a new prompt called “World of Words.” In this weekly prompt, a non-English word is chosen as a starting point for inspiration. This time, it was duyog, a Bisaya (from the Phillipines) word meaning “musical accompaniment.”

And lo and behold, Colleen Chesebro’s prompt this week was to use synonyms for harmony and love. How perfect does duyog fit for that? I couldn’t help but combine the prompts.

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