Senryu : Legends

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riffing love and angst
philosophies draped in notes
legends never die

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

My teens and twenties years were accompanied by the beat of my LPs, cassettes, reel-to-reel and CDs.  Music evolved along with the technology used to hear it with. A few years back Rolling Stones magazine asked 55 top musicians, writers and industry executives to pick their top 100 artists who influenced rock and roll.

The top 10 listed were:

  1. Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. The Rolling Stones
  5. Chuck Berry
  6. Jimi Hendrix
  7. James Brown
  8. Little Richard
  9. Aretha Franklin
  10. Ray Charles

Clash, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Bowie and a host of others made the top 100.  Who would be your top 5?

References:

100 Greatest Artists: The Beatles, Eminem and more of the best of the best
Rolling Stone Magazine, December 2, 2010

Legend
Daily Prompts, Daily Post

Tanka Haibun : First Snow

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first snow icy cold
staying in, cuddling with books
playing indoor games
laughter fills up small spaces
shhhh, dad is hibernating

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

When I was a kid, it seemed like in the winter, mom kept telling us to shush because dad was sleeping.  I didn’t know back then that along with his fulltime job in the air force, dad would take whatever part-time jobs he could get to make sure we got nice presents for Christmas.  So he would sleep when got home from work for a few hours before the graveyard job started. He said his worst job was cleaning monkey cages in Duluth, Minnesota winter.  Apparently monkeys like to throw shit at you.

There are so many sacrifices parents make that we as children never know.  Sometimes we find out when you get to talking as adults or from relatives but a lot of times we never do.  So here’s a moment of gratitude to mom and dad (both passed) who sacrificed sleep, time and so much more that we’ll never know about for us kids.

References:

December 13th 2017, first snow
Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

second life photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

Senryu : Rudolph

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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
Mindescapes

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Season
Dutch goes the Photo!

Cheeky
Weekly Photo Challenge, Daily Post

Senryu Tale : Entrance … Exit

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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

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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
Mindescapes

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