Senryu : Rudolph


Santa swapped the sleigh
got himself a snow mobile
Rudolph takes a break

photo & senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

note on the photo: decorations on a neighborhood frontyard but used Photoshop to turn the reindeer nose red because I needed a Rudolph. Everything else is as is.

Day 12: Rudolph

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Season
Dutch goes the Photo!

Weekly Photo Challenge, Daily Post

Haiku : Skating


skates swishing on ice
snow – tiny crystals falling
winter’s faery night

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

One of my favorite images of the holidays is seeing people ice skate.  I love roller skating but I’d rather watch ice skating.  The only thing I remember about the one time I tried ice skating as an adult was falling down so many time that my bum got wet from all the melted snow on my backside.  It’s a beautiful dance/sports form, though.

Carpe Diem holiday submissions:

Chèvrefeuille plans to create a Carpe Diem Haiku Kai holiday poetry book of holiday haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms. He said I could submit mine on an image if I wanted so I thought I would do this one.  If you’re interested in submitting poems in Japanese poetry styles with a Christmas theme, check out his post:

Carpe Diem Extra December 8th 2017 – Call for submissions !!
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Second life photo:

Second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner
Location: Calliefornia.  avatar Callie Cline made the trees which I particularly liked for their graceful curves.  Her trees transformed a typical winterscape into a snowy faeryland.

In Second Life, you can change the lighting and the type of lens (from extreme wide to medium to extreme close).  I started here

Tried out different angles

Tried out different skies

I actually ended up layering 2 different skies in Photoshop since one lighting lit me better but I liked the background colors of another better.  One nice thing in a virtual world is a person can hold the same pose for a really long time.  If I had to do that in real life, my arms would have died, lol.

Senryu Tale : Entrance … Exit


huge monster’s entrance
fight! arms up, barrels loaded
stay calm. peace. exit.

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


The Sea Witch’s Tale

The tentacles reached towards me. Not to mention the gnashing teeth!

Continue reading Senryu Tale : Entrance … Exit

Senryu : Chimney


rushing to finish
cookies and feasts — oh, and pies!
hazards of Christmas

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Mindescapes is doing 25 prompts for Christmas.  Today the prompt is Chimney so I just couldn’t resist.  I always wondered what would happen if Santa ate all the cookies and milk left out for him. Does Santa gets hazard pay? Besides skinny chimneys, there are all those kids lying in wait for him…

Day 8: Chimney

Second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner.
Set design and captions by Winter Phoenix

Haiku : Carousel


whirling carousel
gold circle floats out of reach
starry summer nights

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Victoria C. Slotto challenges us to use symbolism in our poem. I chose the carousel/merry-go-round.  Rather than telling you what the poem means, I figure I’d let you guess what the carousel means.  Partly too because I think the same thing can symbolize different things to different people at different times and I am okay with the shifting meanings of poetry.

I Once Used an Earthquake–dVerse MTB: Symbolism
dVerse ~ Poets Pub

photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
1996 Picture: A gorgeous antique carousel graces the grounds of Tilden Park with hand-carved fantastic creatures. Built in 1911, bought in 1978, the merry-go-round is one of 200 hand-carved wooden carousels in the United States.


Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of SF Art of the Carousel Carving Miniature Carousel Animals Carousel CD: Shirley Jones

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Senryu : Bold & Daring


space, final frontier
the bold and daring explore
yuk! freeze dried food sucks

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


#178 Bold & Daring
RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge

second life photo by M. LaFreniere, set design by avatar Neckcadaver

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