Senryu : Snippet from a Jungle rescue


Waving down a plane
Compact mirror’s a big help
when a tribe arrives

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

So now we continue with another snippet from a WWII jungle rescue. Previously on our post, Gremlin’s Journey, the three survivors had reached the jungle Continue reading Senryu : Snippet from a Jungle rescue

Senryu : Peeves


couples have their peeves
he forgot to feed the bird!
some things drive you nuts!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

“Darn it, Winter! You forgot to feed the bird!”
It’s in situations like this that your mind rambles, “you know, I should have made an omelette when he brought home that humongous egg but I thought it was going to be an ostrich. Darn it. I don’t think it was such a great idea to move in with a paleontologist after all. Wasn’t there a song? Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be paleontologists? Something like that for sure. Oooh, Kirstin, you’re a big kitty but I don’t think stalking this bird is a good idea, you know, honey.”

Tuesday Platform (share any poem)
imaginary garden with real toads

Photo in second life by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

Senryu : Gremlin’s Journey


Gremlin Special crashed
mountain hid behind the clouds
only three survived

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

note: running out of time, almost midnight so no pic.  Was hoping to find a government one since it was a big event at the time but no luck on the National Archives catalog although I found a few WWII gremlin posters

Reading K Versus’s post about gremlins, I learned that during WWII pilots thought the little monsters were sent by their enemy to muck up the works.  The government even created propaganda posters against them.

Looking up gremlins, I came across this crash/survival story:

On May 13, 1945, a group of 24 military folks, mostly from the Maintenance Division, took an afternoon sightseeing trip over Baliem Valley in Western Papua Guinea on Gremlin Special,a Douglas C-47 Skytrain.  At that time, the maps marked the area unknown and the valley was nicknamed The Hidden Valley.  Continue reading Senryu : Gremlin’s Journey

senryu : friendsgiving


friends’ food gathering
turkey, pies, potatoes, greens

cheers to knowing you

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Went to a friendsgiving today and am so stuffed that I am dragging — ready for a nap. So today, no pic, just a quick senryu.

The friendsgiving was awesome. Old friends caught up, new friends were made.  Chatting, eating and sharing; what’s not to love.  Loved the outdoor fireplace too because Arizona night is getting a little chilly in my short-sleeve cotton shirt at 68°F (20°C).

For those who may not know:  Friendsgiving is celebrated just before or right after Thanksgiving, or even occasionally right on Thanksgiving. My first one in Continue reading senryu : friendsgiving

senryu : my sister & I


my sister and I
five and three, so little then
wonder what we thought

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

My sister sounded like she didn’t have this photograph so I went searching through mom’s pictures and found it in a frame.  The surrounding paper had aged, turning tea brown but the photograph hasn’t faded one whit.  Have to say this about black & white, the stuff lasts forever.

1965. We look so serious in that picture.  I wonder what we were thinking.

This pic and poem is to Sis, with love.

Senryu : Shichi-Go-San Day, November 15th


shichi-go-san day
age 3, 5, 7, celebrate
my first kimono

senryu and photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I took this picture in Oita on Shichi-go-san day.  A father with his daughter and I imagine the grandmother praying at the shrine.

Continue reading Senryu : Shichi-Go-San Day, November 15th

Senryu : my plate


May 1880
a family supped gilt edged
snapped up – ebay prize

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
all photos by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Cee’s challenge to do a black and white image of something found in our kitchen Continue reading Senryu : my plate