plop down on a squab
rest beneath a gambrel’s beam
an air con’s cool breeze
door splits summer heat outside
sip iced liquid for a spell
tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
I thought squab was a fat little bird, roasted and tender. Rather surprised to find out it’s also a stuffed cushion — which explains some confusion I felt upon reading a Victorian novel. They did not have a pooping bird on their gorgeous divan after all.
Being in Arizona, “summer heat” always feels inadequate. I thought of using “blasting heat” or “furnace heat” because a dry heat at 110F/43C feels like a furnace blasting your skin off when you rush from air conditioned car to similarly cooled buildings. It’s a little intense here in the summers.
Weejars challenges us to work with commonplace words but to use their synonyms rather than the word itself. It’s always fun to read a thesaurus for synonyms because it’s like “oh, yeah, I forgot that means the same thing” plus you often learn a new word like “gambrel.” I habitually search a thesaurus for one or two syllable alternatives because haiku/senryu/tanka has limited syllables and it’s a challenge to make each line a sentence/complete thought.
MLMM’s challenge words & synonyms used
fork : split
water : liquid
for a time : for a spell
Same Same But Different, 19 May 2018
Weekly Photo Challenge
©2018 photograph by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
long tall lemonade at Zinburger, Tucson, AZ
blueberries, vodka, lemon, elderflower
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