Hyperloop–RonovanWrites challenge #80


Hyperloop Elon Musk/Public Domain

solarpowered train


faster than the wind


 Hyperloop Elon Musk/Public Domain

Elon Musk, business executive,engineer, and investor, known in connection with Tesla Motors, Solar City, and SpaceX, came up with a new form of transportation that could replace trains, cars, and airplanes for commutes between cities less than 1000 miles apart.  Called ‘Hyperloop’, it would reach speeds over 750 mph and would run on solar energy.  A trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco would be about 35 minutes. What a concept!  He released detailed plans to the public in 2013, to facilitate project design and development.
My haiku was written in response to RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge #80. The prompt words were ‘style’ and ‘fresh’, and  I used synonyms: ‘mode’ and ‘new’.  For other takes on the prompts, please visit RonovanWrites at the link above.

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Frazil ice–RonovanWrites Challenge #79

Frazil ice flow in Yosemite Creek, courtesy U. S. National Park Service

Frazil needles sink,
River dreams of warmer days,
Ice crystals cluster.

Millhaven Creek, Ontario:  prone to frazil ice–Ontheland photo

I enjoy learning the names of phenomena that I’ve seen, but never had a word for. Recently, I found such a word while reading a Conservation Authority press release warning people to watch out for ‘frazil’ ice along the banks of streams, on lakes, and on rivers.  I have read several definitions of frazil ice.  Basically I have gathered that it is new ice formed in moving waters, in extremely cold conditions (-6° C or less). Needle-shaped ice crystals multiply, forming slush or thin plates of ice floating on the surface.  The shores of the creek above are probably quite slushy with frazil ice.  It takes prolonged periods of cold for the creek to appear frozen over, and even then, one would want to be very careful stepping out onto it–you could fall through.

My post is in response to  RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge.  The prompt words this week are ‘crystal’ and ‘hope’.  Synonyms are allowed so I used the word ‘dream’ instead of ‘hope’.  To read more haiku or to find out how to participate, please visit the RonovanWrites link above.

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Ice dreams–Ronovan’s Challenge #79

The haiku I am posting today is in response to Ronovan’s prompts: ‘crystal’ and ‘hope’. We recently had heavy rainfall, followed by  temperatures below zero degrees centigrade.  Portions of land around the house flooded and then froze into large patches of ice. With ice on my mind, I wrote this haiku.

Skater on Rummelsburg Bay, Berlin. CC0 Public Domain, courtesy Pixabay.com
Skater on Rummelsburg Bay, Berlin. CCO Public Domain

Ice shines crystal clear,
Skater glides on smooth expanse,
Dreams and reflections.

To read more haiku using these prompt words, please visit RonovanWrites to enjoy the creativity of challenge participants. The challenge is open to one and all–posted on Mondays and closes by noon on Sunday.

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Vast opportunities–Ronovan’s Challenge #78


This is my final offering for Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge.  The prompts are ‘vast’ and ‘clear’.  It’s been quite a week of  mind and closet clearing; and today, I’m going to broach list clearing.  There are a few ways of clearing ‘To Do’ lists, such as re-scheduling tasks for a later date;  getting things done and checking them off; or simply deleting or ripping them up.  I find the last approach quite satisfying.  Or, have you ever felt bored, with no shortage of things you feel you ‘should’ do, recorded on a mental list?  Deleting  ‘shoulds’ can open up a day in a whole new way.  These are my haiku:

clearing to do lists
for new adventures
waiting in the wings

lists deleted
new opportunities
spark my excitement

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Breath of fresh air–Ronovan’s Challenge #78–


Clear, repair, let go
Vast clutter of year gone by
Feel breath of fresh air.

I’m on a roll this week with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge.  The prompt words ‘vast’ and ‘clear’ bring up many images and themes. In this haiku I was thinking about the clutter that built up in my home over summer and fall, when my focus was outdoors.  Now it is winter time, I am contemplating cleaning up inside the house.  (I’ve been contemplating for a while now.)

When  I first drafted a haiku about my clutter, the theme was ‘letting go’,  but I decided to revise that.   Much of my buildup is of items I intend to repair–I don’t believe in tossing things out when they can be fixed.  In this department there are many blankets and toys that the dogs have chewed and ripped.  The second largest clutter category is my red onion harvest, dried herbs, and all sorts of gardening supplies.  These need to be put away and organized so I can have a clean space to plant seedlings for planting outdoors in the spring.


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Boundless flight–Ronovan’s Challenge #78–

Photo courtesy of photos-public-domain.com
Photo courtesy of photos-public-domain.com

Wings stretch to touch clouds,
Lifting into boundless sky,
Life purpose now clear.

This is a third haiku in response to Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #78, his first haiku challenge posted in 2016.  The prompts, ‘vast’ and ‘clear’,  inspired me to write a few different haikus.  For more responses to the challenge, please visit the Comments section at the link above, and perhaps drop by here again for more of my  ‘#78’ poems.

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Winter horizon–Ronovan’s Challenge #78-


vast open expanse
clears my mind

This is a second haiku in response to Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #78, his first haiku challenge posted in 2016.  The inspiring prompt words were ‘vast’ and ‘clear’.   For more responses to the challenge, please visit the Comments section at the link above, and perhaps drop by here again for more #78  responses from me.

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