Haiku: Nightingale


harbinger of spring
I’ve never heard nightingales
roadrunners streak by

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Tuesday Platform presented an audio reading of an Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats as a prompt.  Sanaa Rizvi said “Please share a poem of Continue reading Haiku: Nightingale

Senryu: The water nymph & Mozart


enjoying Mozart
water nymph stopped unbeknownst
music reeled her in

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


Weekly Haiku – Senryu Prompt Challenge – 12 – Enjoying & Water
Rambling of a Writer

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

Senryu: Home


mansions don’t matter
four walls, doors, windows, and you
home, where the heart is

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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

S. Lynn’s Knight prompt: Home
Haiku This
Haiku Hub on Medium
Originally published on Medium @cactushaiku

Fashion me your words ~ Lets build houses
Imaginary garden with real toads

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