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Carpe Diem #627, Fog/Ripe

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free image:  flickrhivemind.ne

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My response to the prompt

pea soup fog

lacy frost on windows

winter’s beauty

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From the Carpe Diem prompt:

We are busy with exploring modern kigo (seasonwords) compiled by Jane Reichhold in “A Dictionary of Haiku”. Today I love to share another nice modern kigo, fog/ripe.

Both are the foundation of the magical early winter morning after a good night with frost.

They are together the sculpture of those wonderful   ripe,    that fragile substance with covers the world after the night’s frost.

Carpe Diem Time Glass #14, Winter Wonderland

www.winterharborlobstercoop.com

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Winter Wonderland

 

Winter Wonderland
by seaside ~ beauty in frost
red berries tempt birds
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sea smoke glows
red lobster boats peak thru
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red lobster boats
reflections skim the ice
wait in frozen waters
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fishermen mend nets
prepare for warmer days
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winter’s warmer days 
sun on cold waters ~ clear ice
joy on the sea
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Snowmen are Captains
wreaths ~ holiday lights cheer
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Winter Wonderland
evergreens dressed in glistening white
camellia red cardinals 
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sea smoke glows
red lobster boats on white ice
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The prompt by

This week I love to challenge you all a bit more to write a short chained poem

with a maximum of eight stanza following the classical rules

(5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7)

and your last stanza (classically called “ageku”)

has to close the chain by associating on the first stanza.

Of course you don’t need to use the classical syllables count, but that’s up to you.
Not an easy task I think, but therefore I give you all 24 hours instead of 18 hours … So you have to write a chained poem (Renga) of maximum eight (8) stanza inspired on the image and the prompt WINTER WONDERLAND within 24 hours.

What a wonderful winterland don’t you think too? Look at the snow and that gorgeous color of the Camelia must be a source of inspiration for you all.  

Carpe Diem #625, Glacier

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This southerly view shows Somes Sound as seen from the north end in Somesville, Maine on Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is to the north and northeast of this point.

My response to the prompt:

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on near by shore
glacier  formations  reminder
snow ~ ice formed Somes Sound 
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My response to yesterdays prompt Carpe Diem #624, Snow
due to not being able to connect to the internet
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evening snow fall 
in church steeples light  
worshiper’s foot prints 
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I live next to a church and can see the front door and steeple 
from my house… the sight of the snow in the light on the steeple
fascinates me and lets me know how much snow is falling.
Moments in time, each special and memorable.
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From the prompt Glacier:
A glacier (US /ˈɡleɪʃər/ or UK /ˈɡlæsiə/) is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight; it forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries.
Glaciers slowly deform and flow due to stresses induced by their weight, creating crevasses, seracs, and other distinguishing features.
They also abrade rock and debris from their substrate to create landforms such as cirques and moraines. Glaciers form only on land and are distinct from the much thinner sea ice and lake ice that form on the surface of bodies of water.

Credits: Grey Glacier Torres del Paine National Park Chile

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This glacier looks fantastic … let me look at the haiku which Jane uses for example for this modern kigo for winter according to her “A Dictionary of Haiku”:

under low clouds
evening sky glacier
cools the wind


a journey ends
where the glacier melted
a field of stones


© Jane Reichhold


Two extraordinary beautiful haiku I think ….
Our host  aka © Chèvrefeuille shared:

as far as I can see
blueish, greyish and whiteish snow
first glacier contact

© Chèvrefeuille

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Carpe Diem #623, Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

 

Northern Lights as seen from the Northern Provinces of The Netherlands

from the post on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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My response to the prompt:

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Northern Lights

bright madras palette

sky in jewel tones 

royal colors blanket earth 

Wise Men travel bringing gifts

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….our prompt for today, Northern Light (Aurora Borealis), extracted from Jane Reichhold’s saijiki

“A Dicitionary of Haiku”.

This month all the prompts are modern kigo (seasonwords) for winter and Jane has gathered a lot of them.

Here is the haiku which she shared for “Northern Lights”:

Northern Lights
a white robed choir sings
to radio static

© Jane Reichhold

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A beauty I think … it’s so well build and in tune with the time of year.

This haiku brings a church choir in mind as I know them from the Gospel choirs or Pentacostal Church, enjoying their belief in praising the Lord and that joy and praise becomes even stronger as I see the Northern Lights in front of my mind’s eyes. Gorgeous and such a great image … wow!

Thanks Jane for this wonderful haiku….have sought in my archive and found the following cascading haiku on Auruora Borealis:

treat of Mother Earth
coloring the skies
Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis
a palette of colors
treat of Mother Earth

© Chèvrefeuille

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #62, Björn Rudberg’s “tempting waves”

 

photo from the prompt

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My response to complete this Tan Renga started by Björn:
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tempting waves -
the old boat still needs
a little rest


© Björn Rudberg

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on the shore for decades
waves call ~ unable to respond
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(c) Saradunn
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Tan Renga is a short chained poem of two stanzas written by two poets.
It looks very similar with Tanka, but Tanka is written by one poet.
As you maybe know Tanka (a five-lined poem) follows the classical syllbles count 5-7-5-7-7.
This same syllables count is used for Tan Renga,
but there is one little difference: after the first three lines (5-7-5)
there is a white line and than follows the second two-lined stanza (7-7).
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The goal is to write the second stanza of this Tan Renga and make it complete or continue the image by association on themes in the first stanza.
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For example: You can write a second stanza associated on the “old boat”:
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tempting waves -
the old boat still needs
a little rest                        (© Björn Rudberg)

in the backyard, next to the pond,
an old boat overgrown with Ivy               (© Chèvrefeuille)

In this example you can see that the second stanza was inspired on the theme of the “old boat” in the first stanza. This was just an example, you can also associate on waves, little, need and so on. The choice is yours.

Here is my attempt to complete this Tan Renga started by Björn:

tempting waves -
the old boat still needs
a little rest                          (© Björn Rudberg)

an old sailor man with red-stained eyes
grieving for the loss of his boat                               (© Chèvrefeuille)And now it’s up to you. You don’t have to use the 7-7 syllables count for the second stanza, but feel free to do if you like to. Writing haiku and Tan Renga is fun and has to be free from rules … at least that’s my opinion. Write from your heart and not from your mind … go with the flow and let it inspire you..

Carpe Diem Special #37, the second haiku by Richard Wright “in the falling snow”

photo from prompt

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My response to the prompt:

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snow falling

dancing in snowflakes
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child-like joy
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Saradunn

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Unexpected and rare event
in Japan where we lived.
Unexpected accummulation
where snowfall usually melts
as fast as it falls.
In Wisconsin, USA, the snow
fall is an expected event and
much heavier.
Childish joy in the discovery
is a fond memory of my time
living in Minami Rinkan near
Tokyo in view of Mt Fuji.
My son had just been born
a few days before…
a neighbor cared for him as 
I delighted in the large wet snow
falling and covering the yard.

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The Prompt:

Than I have here our Carpe Diem Special, a haiku by our featured haiku-poet, Richard Wright (1908-1960) … he was a forefighter of the Black Americans and in his last years he discovered haiku. He wrote a lot of haiku (more than 4000) and compiled an anthology of his own work with 880 haiku. He is really a great haiku-poet and I am loving his work very much. So let us go on to another wonderful haiku written by him. I have tried to use a haiku which is close to the GW-post earlier in this post. I think I have found a nice one to share here for your inspiration.

In the falling snow
A laughing boy holds out his palms
Until they are white.


© Richard Wright

The goal of the Carpe Diem Special is to write a haiku inspired on the given haiku by the featured haiku poet and try to touch the same sense, tone and spirit.

 

Here is my ( attempt:

through the early night
the laugh of children playing -
virgin snow

© Chèvrefeuille

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Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #37, Georgia on Frost

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.thelongwaythere.wordpress.com free image

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My response to the prompt:

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snow forts

dug in feet of snow

child’s delight
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watching flakes come down
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falling snow magical 
 

 

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Note:  A childhood memory
from growing up in Northern Wisconsin, USA.
When you are little the snow seems like mountains
… too young to shovel sidewalks but old enough
to dig a snow fort !
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The Ghost Writer post which is provided by Georgia of Bastet’s Waka Library
She has written a nice GW-post (#37) about Robert Frost.
She writes:
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Winter is upon us and there’s no doubt about it.

The other evening I was sitting by the fireplace reading Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets.  Unlike most of Frost’s poems his poem Dust of Snow has an essential quality about it that reminds me of a haiku.
We tend to think of Frost as always having written longish poems, but in fact he was very proud of his small compact poems. His Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry, published in 1923 entitled “New Hampshire” contains many of his short poems for example, “Fire and Ice” or “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and “Dust of Snow” which is his shortest poem … One sentence in eight lines (two stanza), all but two are monosyllabic and yes … that means 17 syllables per stanza, a coincidence or had Frost come into contact with haiku at that early date?

Contemplating this poem, we see that a lot of its effect is derived from paradoxes … dust being related usually to something dirty, the fact that he was in a bad mood before the crow dumped snow down on him, which usually would put someone in a bad mood.  I’m thinking that like a haiku, reading this poem can give us many layers of meanings outside of the 32 words.

I would invite you to read Robert Frost’s Poem and write about a similar incident using either a haiku or a tanka.

Dust of Snow

Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963

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The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock tree

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Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.

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 writes:

It’s a wonderful post, a similar with our Carpe Diem Distillation feature … so let this poem by Robert Frost inspire you to write an all new haiku (or tanka). It may be a distillation from the poem or inspired on the poem.

sudden gust of wind
snow swirls down on me
makes me shiver

© Chèvrefeuille

Hm … a nice one … brings nice memories into my mind … my happy childhood. I see that same happiness in the eyes of my children and grandchildren … awesome.

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