September Tan Renga (8)

sunlight unfurls

on this scarred landscape

cradling new life

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pear tree in full bloom on a battlefield

collapsed house becomes beautiful again

© Masaoka Shiki (re-worked by Chèvrefeuille)

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This is a second Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge with a twist, in which we write a haiku to precede the lines of a featured poet, who in this case is Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902).

Autumn memories

Autumn leaves scatter on the sidewalk a block from home

Back from a first day of school inhaling musty maple

Cool breeze, long sleeves, polished shoes and a flutter of news

Days of firsts dangling fresh books, a new teacher and friends

Etched in memory, each September of slanting light

Fuel for a spirit treading toward dark December nights.

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Lillian at dVerse challenged us to write an ‘Alphabet Sestet’, a six-line poem using any consecutive series of alphabet letters to commence each line. I went with ABCDEF.

autumn winds

Inspired by Frank’s 50th Haikai Challenge, I explore some of my recent encounters with autumn winds. They herald the gradual shift from summer to fall:

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a subtle coolness

whiffs of air through the window

autumn is moving in

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the green tarp is gone

did a thief pass by today?

gusts of autumn wind

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close to heatstroke

cleaning the shed at summer end

I catch a breeze

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new winds are blowing

autumn into everything

porch chimes singing

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sunken steps

sunken steps of stone,

history rustling in the trees,

nothing but worn footholds left,

when those who remember are gone

the universe sighs final breaths,

ripples of joy and sorrow.

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This small poem emerged today from a haiku that I posted on September 18, 2017, almost one year ago:

sunken steps of stone

under ancient canopy

history rustles

The idea to do this came from Amaya at dVerse who, for Tuesday Poetics: On a Loop, invites us to loop back to a past September 11 (or date nearby) to create a new poem from a piece of an old one.

Photo Credit: bonitavista.tumblr.com

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