Mar

18

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Inspired by the prompt “light” at

diffuse white light glows
everything ethereal
winter wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Jan

25

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Hot Springs

Carpe Diem #903
hot springs

surrounded by warmth
hut tub mimics holy springs
snow melts above me

Jan

22

By Blossom

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Ten Techniques of Tanka

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66
Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques
by Jane Reichhold

 

Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold
1. Mystery and depth – yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness
2. Appropriate statement – koto shikarubeki
3. Elegant beauty – urawashiki tei, characterised by harmony, balance, and beauty of cadence
4. Conviction of feeling – ushintei
5. Lofty style – taketakaki tei, a method of achieving grandeur and elevation
6. Visual description – miru tei
7. Clever treatment – omoshiroki tei, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic
8. Novel treatment – hitofushi aru tei, Using an unusual or original poetic conception
9. Exquisite detail – komayaka naru tei, exact and precise details with often complex imagery
10. Demon-quelling – onihishigitei (or kiratsu no tei), characterised by strong or even vulgar diction and terms

 

cold clear winter night
silver expanse of silence
stars above beckon
pulling at my soul’s moorings
more than the warm candlelight

Jan

21

By Blossom

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Great Cold

Carpe Diem #900
Daikan (Great cold)

the great cold foretells
blizzard Jonas approaching
soft flakes drifting down

Winter Storm Jonas

Jan

13

By Blossom

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Animals and Seasons

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #65
combining animals and seasons

chubby squirrel complains
munching on her acorn stash
ice coats the branches

Jan

1

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First Light of the Sun

Carpe Diem #888 Hatsuhikari (first light of the sun)

opening curtains
after days of freezing rain
first light of the sun

Jan

31

By Blossom

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Play

Inspired by the prompt at

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

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

9

By Blossom

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Hot

Inspired by the prompt at

steam fogs my glasses
melting the falling snowflakes
hot chocolate weather

Nov

26

By Blossom

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cold within the sound

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

cozy by the fire
wind whistles through the chimney
cold within the sound

Nov

25

By Blossom

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Store

Inspired by the prompt at

squirrel plans ahead
as harvest season dwindles
stores laid for winter

Working Squirrel 1
photo by Tomi Tapio K, found on flickr

Feb

2

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Imbolc at Phipps

evening comes early
peppering windows with sleet
orchids bloom rainbows

I spent this day, halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, at Phipps Conservatory‘s Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show.

Jan

28

By Blossom

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Blood Red

juncos surrounding
brilliant crimson on the snow
cardinal takes flight

Jan

17

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Stars of Snow

stars
snow
drifting
flakes swirling
filling the blackness
soft light imbues bitter cold void

Jan

12

By Blossom

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Brilliance

This week’s theme is: Brilliance (2 OR 3 syllables, depending on who you ask…)

winter night brilliance
moon etching crystal shadows
sparkling in darkness

Dec

19

By Blossom

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Winter Wild

Poetry Picnic Week 18: Snow, December, Winter Vacations, and Wildness

crystalline silence
full moon shadows etched on snow
winter night wildness

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photo by Neil Hunt, found on flickr

Dec

16

By Blossom

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Preparation

For Sensational Haiku Wednesday, this week’s theme is: Preparation

shopping, wrapping, cards
Christmas preparation done
quiet, moonlit snow

Moonlit Path
photo by Alain Limoges, found on flickr

Nov

10

By Blossom

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Pumpkin Head

2011 NOVEMBER PAD CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE: DAY 10

For today’s prompt, write a different perspective poem. There are a few ways a poet can tackle this one. First, write a poem from a different physical perspective–like from the top of a building or at the bottom of a hole or in the trunk of a car. Another possibility is to write from a different person’s (or animal’s or object’s) perspective–a tactic that has interesting results in fiction (think Grendel or Wicked). If you have an even different perspective on this than me, feel free to roll with it.

Some other prompts/memes played into the creation of this poem as well: Theme Thursday for November 10, 2011 – GOURD and The Thursday Think Tank # 74 – Winter. I tried squishing it into several different forms, before it finally fit into a double etheree.

snow
floating
early storm’s
pristine first fall
reawakens me
laughing child’s creation
reborn again each winter
to be a fleeting companion
in a world of snow angels and forts
but wait, something is different this time
I’ve branches for arms, and a snow belly,
but I’m too early, I’m on green grass!
my eyes are not made out of coal!
and where is my corn cob pipe?
there are leaves in my snow!
Halloween mischief
still in the air
trick or treat!
pumpkin
head

Scariness in our neighborhood
photo by pjmorse, found on flickr

Sep

18

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Winter

The Height of Haiku Challenge, Day 17 – Prompt #75 – Winter

winter’s white mantle
during the season of sleep
brings serenity

Apr

8

By Blossom

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NaPoWriMo #8

at Winter Solstice
the darkness begins to yield,
with dawn on Imbolc
sap, life blood, climbs from the snow,
the Spring Equinox
brings the warm winds to the land,
glorious Beltaine
rainbow of fertility,
Summer Solstice sun
midday heat brings fruition,
Lammas, bread rises
the feast of the corn maiden,
the Fall Equinox
second harvest, thanksgiving,
Samhain, thinnest veil
farewell to the fading year,
as the wheel spins round again.

Mar

22

By Blossom

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March Challenge #22 – Spontaneity

Cloaked Monk was kind enough to include my very late offering of Patterns into the March Challenge, and now I feel that I should try to climb back up on the wagon. Today’s prompt:

March 22nd is “National Goof Off Day.” Reflect on spontaneity.

With the Equinox just past, this seemed most appropriate.

cleansing breath of spring
a child’s spontaneity
dancing in the sun
winter’s memory dismissed
melting away with the snow

Feb

1

By Blossom

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Haiku Challenge #1

Following the strands of the interwebs the other day, I stumbled across the above site. And decided, why not, it will be a warm up for NaPoWriMo in April. 28 haiku in 28 days. First offering:

winter storm warning
through thunder and wind, lightning
flashes, falling ice

Jan

28

By Blossom

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Winter Rose (poem)

blush of rose creeps
across the monochrome snowscape
winter sunrise

Jan

2

By Blossom

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Happy New Year

dark of night, dark season
the hibernating earth
nurturing our rebirth
new moon, new year

Nov

8

By Blossom

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a winter poem

winter comes
with air crisp
frost traces
spider webs
crystal lace
etched in grass
brightly lit
with dawn’s glow