Branches – a Haiku

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Water feeds deep roots
Branches reach up to the sky
Reflected in waves.

9/21/19

My response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 145 #PhotoPrompt

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Flight – a Tanka

Floating free in fog
Enthralled by eternity
Unfocused; unbound
Enlightened and unattached
Fluttering, falling; failing

9/11-9/12/19

My response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 144 #SynonymsOnly

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Planting Seeds – A Tanka

Consciousness causes
Curiosity to stir
Observing begins
Accumulating knowledge
Seeds of wisdom are planted

6/21/19

This is my response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 132 #SynonymsOnly.Colleens-Weekly-Poetry-Challenge

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Haiku on Time

Time devours all
From the roots to the branches
Nothing can escape

6/13/19

In response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 131 #SynonymsOnly

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Haiku written in Newport, OR

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Smell the salt sea air
Sealion laughter echoes
Gulls glide in the wind.

4/22/19

 

Crow – Haiku

Crow on the trashcan
Watch ducks swim a muddy creek
Glide into the sky

3/9/19

In response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 126, “Poet’s Choice of Words”

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The Process – a tanka

Compose, line by line,
From beginning to end
Until its finished:
Every verse, every rhyme, and
Every single drop of blood.

2/18/19

This is my response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 125 #SynonymsOnly.
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Dukkha – a tanka

Suffering exists
And it can be overcome
The message is clear
See the source of suffering
Follow the path to freedom

2/15/19

My response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 123 #SynonymsOnly

And Jesus Wept

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Jesus Wept
At Lazarus’ death,
Though he knew
He’d resurrect,
Jesus wept,
As Lazarus slept
In a stone-cold crypt,
From which his sisters crept
On a moonlit night
While Jesus wept.

2/3/19

Image is from Jésus pleura by James Tissot

The Unknown – a Tanka

Secrets and questions
Never asked; never answered
Alone in darkness
Flickering flames on the wall
Drawn out toward the blinding light.

1/20/19

My response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 119 “Mystery & Attract,” #SynonymsOnly.