Jan

31

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Play

Inspired by the prompt at

heavy wet flakes fall
snarling rush hour with delays
as the children play

Jan

30

By Blossom

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Friday Flames: Memories of Summer

My friend’s bachelorette party was a murder mystery affair. I’m posting flames from just before Summer Solstice as I look out at the blanketing snow.

Burning the evidence at the murder mystery dinner party.

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Jan

10

By Blossom

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Mirror Rice Cakes (Kagamimochi)

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Carpe Diem #643, Mirror Rice Cakes (Kagamimochi)

I tried, but failed, to write a haiku for this prompt. The haiku I came up with seemed incomplete, and evolved into a tanka with which I am much happier.

toshigami come
bringing ancestral blessings
honored at new year’s
kagamimochi welcome
the annual deities

Some of the extra information I found came from:
Lucky food, charming decorations, visiting deities: welcoming the new year with history, tradition
Encyclopedia of Shinto: Toshigami

Jan

9

By Blossom

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Friday Flames: Wind Chills below zero for 5 days

Built Mom a fire for when she came in from doing horses.

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Jan

7

By Blossom

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Circle

Inspired by the prompt at

circle of oak trees
sacred grove, heart of the woods
forest cathedral

Jan

6

By Blossom

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Carpe Diem Time Glass #16, Rainbow

Carpe Diem Time Glass #16
Rainbow

where sea meets the sky
merging into a rainbow
ecstatic light dance


Credits: Rainbow Colored Sky

Jan

5

By Blossom

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Sacred Rope (Shimekazari)

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Carpe Diem #642, Sacred Rope (Shimekazari)

welcoming the year
braided rope over doorways
protecting the home

In addition to Chèvrefeuille’s description of Shimekazari, I found this article on the Japanese Beliefs Behind Shimenawa.

Jan

3

By Blossom

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #67

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #67
Björn Rudberg’s “the old oak’s roots”

the old oak’s roots –
reach from past to future
recall last year (© Björn Rudberg)

and the fairy tales of yore
live in the shade of acorns (© Blossom Vydrina)

Jan

2

By Blossom

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Orange, x3

Carpe Diem’s Time Machine #1, Orange

 

orange eyes watching me
barometer of my moods
quick with healing purrs

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My Sydney

 

Continued…

Jan

1

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Just

Inspired by the prompt at

Nyquil haze, sore throat
exhaustion, sinus pressure
but it’s just a cold

JUST a cold does not give it enough credit for how it makes you feel.

Dec

31

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New Year’s Eve

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Carpe Diem #638, New Year’s Eve (Shinnen)

celebrations fade
fireworks become drifting smoke
potential hangs thick

Dec

30

By Blossom

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Departing Year

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Carpe Diem #637, Departing Year

freezing rain plasters
ice covers every surface
dawn melts the cocoon

Dec

29

By Blossom

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Mammal Monday: Black Rhino

Black Rhinoceros
Diceros bicornis
Black Rhino