Senryu : finally

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finally year ends
death is not what you expect
love endures beyond

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Mom passed away March 2017.  I am writing about her for my brother, sister and their children.  Mom was not one to talk about herself but sometimes driving to Continue reading Senryu : finally

Senryu : quotidian

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quotidian things
tea, brownies, a vintage plate
life’s simple pleasures

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Senryu: Ode to Catarina de San Juan

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Mirra / Catarina de San Juan / China Poblana

enslaved by pirates
sold and shipped to Mexico
folk called her a saint

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Note: “Catarina de San Juan died 5 January 1688 at the age of 82 years. In Puebla de los Ángeles she was venerated as a popular saint until 1691, when the Holy Inquisition prohibited open devotion to her.” Wikipedia Continue reading Senryu: Ode to Catarina de San Juan

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Homage (Jun Fujita)

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 Homage
Jun Fujita (1888-1963), photojournalist, poet

Jun Fujita shot
Chicago massacre scene
known too for tanka

Both tankas below by Jun Fujita published in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  June 1921.

May Moon
Milky night;
Through the resting trees
A petal —
Falling Continue reading Daily Haiku / Senryu : Homage (Jun Fujita)

Haiku : Shimmering sunsets, senryu and wild geese

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lingering sunset
luscious memories shimmer
even as they fade

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Georgia told me about the Daily Post putting out a daily prompt each day.  A single word to kickoff people’s creativity.  I thought I’d give it a shot but as a daily haiku or senryu.  Or I might do a tanka which is 5-7-5-7-7 so five lines.

I loved Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara (got it when I taught English in Japan in my 20s).  At age 25, she revitalized the tanka when her poetry captured modern love and life in sharp bites as her emotions pingpong from joy to sorrow.

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