Daily haiku / senryu : Cacophony


hate’s cacophony
peace is not the easy road
standing takes courage

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

A young Indian woman, Gurmehar Kaur, stood for peace, protesting against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthia Parishad group’s bullying at Delhi University. The ABVP first objected against two Pakistani being invited to an event which resulted in the college calling off the event. When students organized a peaceful protest against these events, the ABVP and the police attacked them. Kaur participated in that protest and her views advocating peace between India and Pakistan became known.

Kaur became a national target: the ABVP, and then it spread outwards to even  ministers and celebrities denigrated and made fun of her.  Cyberbullying ensued. False videos of her was created and posted on the internet. She has been threatened with rape and death.

Her crime?  Wanting peace between India and Pakistan and speaking up in favor of it.  Her father in the Indian army had been killed by Pakistani but she posted a sign on social media: “Pakistan did not kill my dad, War killed him.”

Despite the national harassment and physical threats, she has not given up her views.  October 12th, Time Magazine named Gurmehar Kaur one of the “10 Next Generation Leaders” of 2017 for her courage.

“Why should I keep quiet?” Kaur says. “And if I have something positive to say, why shouldn’t I say it?” 
(quoted from Free-Speech Warrior , Time Magazine)


Time magazine honouring Gurmehar Kaur shows conviction trumps cacophony: The DU student who was threatened for expressing her views is a role model for young Indians by dailybite, Daily O, October 13, 2017

Next Generation Leaders 2017, byTime Magazine, October 12, 2017

Free-Speech Warrior by Nikhil Kumar, Time Magazine, October 12, 2017

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Second Life photograph by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Wk 2: Come Join Cat Senryu / Haiku / Tanka Challenge: Post yours in comments


Hi everyone!

Thanks everybody for joining last week! check it out in the comments
Wk 1: Come Join Cat Senryu / Haiku / Tanka Challenge

We had six people participate last week.  Their haiku were fun and I loved the cat pics.  Theynine’s pic was in the comments but you could view the cat pics of 25more and Vivian by clicking their links. Darrell posted a video link too. Joann visited from the Facebook senryu group to post hers and ealscw was kind enough to post their son’s poem.  I love the cat haikus and hope you did too.

Here’s the challenge:
Week 2: Write a cat haiku!

Rules of Engagement:

Topic: Cat  (any cat)

Duration:  One week (10/14/17 – 10/21/17)

Poetic form:  Haiku, senryu or tanka

Syllable counts:  Traditional: either 5-7-5 or 5-7-5-7-7 just to make the form recognizable.

Anything else:  Nope, you don’t have to follow other traditions like kiru (abrupt change of imagery), kireji (cutting word or punctuation), or kigo (seasonal reference).  Don’t want to add a lot rules

Where:  In the comments below, paste the link to your cat haiku post.  Pingbacks are also great.  Also in the comments if you want, paste the haiku/senryu/tanka and add a url for the cat image with it (as long as you own the copyright or it is copyright free). Images are not mandatory but a poem is.

For the images of the first five people to include the image url in the comments with their poem, as long as the image is less than 150pixels length or width, I think I can make the image url you post in the comments show  by handcoding the img src html when I moderate. WordPress only allows the blog owner to add img src html into the comments.

Comments are moderated so it may take up to 24 hours to show.
If you are commenting on someone else’s entry, be nice.

Looking forward to seeing everybody’s contributions!



Tanka: Fragments of a song


a music snippet
shatters the fluttering dream
broken notes float by
fractured headless horse awaits
splintered flowers crack love’s hope

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Challenge
Write a 5-line poem with 5 words from a list of “fragment”synonym
or write a 5-sentence story to a photo prompt

photograph in second life by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

First Line Friday: Autumn chill


autumn chill, rot and ruin
trees naked amidst dead leaves
dancing on gold fields

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

“Weren’t you going to share your story — the one that started with ‘The autumn chill descended over the town and with it came rot and ruin‘?  I love that line.  It is so evocative.”  ….  “I know I said I also was going to write a short piece. Ok, ok, I admit it.  There was no fiction involved.”  Hangs my head,  peeking through my lashes.  “I had to.  The haiku just popped into my head. Don’t you think the trees look like they are dancing?” …  “No?”  Pours gin liberally into a glass.  Passes it over.  “Here, this might help with that.” … “Oh, that’s ok. You don’t have to be the designated driver.  We aren’t going anywhere. Here’s another haiku.”  … “What?  You thought when I invited you over to look at my opus, I had something else in mind?  Geez! What kind of a writer do you think I am?!!”

The photo was from the challenge as well.


First Line Friday
MindLovesMisery Menagerie

First Line Friday gives you a line to start your short fiction with.  This week’s line is” The autumn chill descended over the town and with it came rot and ruin.”


Rouzy-bouzy night


Rouzy-bouzy night
weekend’s cusp, hangin’ with mates
Thank God it’s Friday!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Awshape me!
Scribble it! challenge to use one or more from a list of forgotten words about to stage a come-back
Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Open Link Night
poetry, free choice
dVerse Poets Pub

Photograph in Second Life by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner. No cats were harmed in the making of the picture.