A ‘one-bun’ for April 4

A crow navigates savage winds as branches conduct a symphony of snow and rain that scatters waves from gullies out to open fields.

sun behind the clouds daffodils safe in their womb below ground

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This is my one-bun attempt for Carpe Diem #1402 Daffodils.

“The ‘one-bun’ is invented by Jim Kacian. The one-bun is an ultra-short haibun which has just one line of prose (including the title) and a (one-line) haiku.”

From Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Crossroads

dreams of love

pour from her hood

like spring blossoms

falling in rain, yet the moon

flashes on her fishing line

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My tanka is a second Crossroads piece that finds a place of meeting between two translations of Japanese haiku….another interesting challenge open to everyone at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. These are the two haiku that inspired my poem:

a thousand gallons

shower from the eaves…

cherry blossoms

© Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1828

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it touches the line

of my fishing pole –

this summer moon 

© Chiyo-Ni, 1703-1775

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elusive

When morning comes

and light returns,

hope’s feathers may lie still

but hear the wisdom of a child or 

new leader with caring speech,

tromp through cool autumn woods 

or cradle a late seedling—

that feeling of aliveness

(they call it ‘hope’ )

may return

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©2017 Ontheland

The new Quadrille word is ‘hope’. To find more poems using hope or hope-formed words, please check ‘Mister Linky’ at the prompt post.

Be a Helper and Rise

If you are like me you may be struggling under the weight of the United States Election results. These words from Merril D. Smith offer humour, hope, and determination to continue being the world we believe in.

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

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By KUHT [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

So the election has taken place, and the orange creature has been elected. HRC and President Obama reminded us of the rule of law in their gracious speeches. They reminded us to go high when DT has run a campaign based on lies and hatred, a campaign that has consistently gone low. They have been gracious in defeat, even though DT threatened not to accept the election results, if the vote had gone the other way. We’ve had eight years of class, intelligence, and caring, and it will take time to accept that many of my fellow Americans have chosen the opposite. It does not help when I see a ranting post by a Trump supporter (filled with factual and grammatical errors) saying everyone who voted for HRC should be put in jail. It only makes me think that I was correct in my…

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When there is hope

A patient kitten

waiting next to his feed bowl

has reason for hope

confirmed by experience,

love’s presence felt in absence.

This is perhaps not a traditional approach to a tanka poem, but these are the thoughts that came to mind as I contemplated ‘hope’ and ‘wait’ for Silver’s Weekly Tanka Challenge #3.

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