Wk1: Come Join New Cat Senryu / Haiku / Tanka Challenge: Post yours in comments


Hi everyone!

Let’s try a cat haiku.  Actually the idea for this came when D of 25more commented on my senryu starring Pinkie, my cat.  She said, “Cats make great haiku topics/characters. Really, cats are haiku!”  So I thought what a great idea and so much fun to share.

Here’s the challenge:  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!



Cat Senryu : Whiskers


visiting Carol
Teddy claims the laptop bag
purrs, whiskers happy

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

In researching doing challenges (in preparation for doing a cat haiku challenge), I came across Lost in Translation’s Photo Challenge.  While her challenge is for a month, she puts out several words people can choose from in responding to the challenge.

Her theme choices for October are:

  • mountainous
  • whiskers
  • crumbling
  • spanning
  • immaculate

No surprise, I chose whiskers.  My photo is Teddy, Carol’s cat.

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Senryu w/ Photo : Scale


six corn seeds planted
all on the same day; one dead,
three short, two towers

senryu and photos by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I checked out Sweet Red Corn and Sunflower seeds from the Pima County Seed Library — a program that allows you to check out seeds through your local library and hopefully when you get a crop, you can return the seeds but you don’t have to in case the crop fails.

Talking about scale.  Look at this.  I planted six seeds on the same day.  The first one is brown and dead.  The next three are green but short and doesn’t look like any corn yet either which is worring as it’s mid-October already.  The two on the end are tall, thriving and looks they will have corn.  In time?  Who knows?

They do remind me of the three bears.

Why did six seeds planted on the same day come out so differently?  The land is not level so the water pools at the end where the tall ones are.  So that is why seeds planted on the same day have differently scaled plants.

Here is a sunflower I also planted from library seeds.

I also planted some bean seeds but the plants are very short.  I don’t think I will get  a bean crop this year.

Next year I will try to plant a little earlier.



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Daily Haiku / Senryu : Cloaked

ALMA view of the motions of material in the shell around U Antliae

Chile telescope
ALMA slices star’s bubble
cloaked beauty revealed

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

ALMA is the European Southern Observatory’s radio telescope, located on the Chajnantor Plateau in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

I am not about to try to explain the technical terms as I don’t really understand them.  I just thought this was an amazing picture of the bubble around the red star. The image would not have been possible without the special abilities of the ALMA telescope. Read the more indepth article, Ageing Star Blows Off Smoky Bubble, by the European Southern Observatory if you want to know more.

About the Object
Name: U Antliae
Type: Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Constellation: Antlia
Category: Stars

Quoting from the European Southern Observatory site:

“This image was created from ALMA data on the unusual red carbon star U Antliae and its surrounding shell of material. The colours show the motion of the glowing material in the shell along the line of sight to the Earth. Blue material lies between us and the central star, and is moving towards us. Red material around the edge is moving away from the star, but not towards the Earth. For clarity this view does not include the material on the far side of the star, which is receding from us in a symmetrical manner.”

UAntliae Photo credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), F. Kerschbaum

Photo copyright: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Ageing Star Blows Off Smoky Bubble, European Southern Observatory, September 20, 2017

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Daily Haiku / Senryu : Tame


Pinkie is not tamed
snarling, biting a close hand
warning done, she purrs

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I admit Pinkie is schizoid.  When she was a kitten, she once brought home a baby rattlesnake.  Scared mom who killed it right away.

When you try to pet Pinkie she doesn’t know whether she should bite you or purr so she does both.  She prefers to be petted with your foot.  Crazy cat. But if you’re sick, she’ll lie by you all day, keeping you company without complaining.  That’s when she knows exactly what to do.

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