Senryu : old


backstamp, overstamp
two American companies
pretty lil creamer

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Another thrift store find.  This time a vintage creamer.  The backstamp is interesting to me as it shows two companies.  The top one is Cunningham & Pickett, Inc. of Alliance, Ohio

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Senryu : arsenic


such a pretty green
candies, wallpaper and paint
too bad it kills you

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Arsenic is everywhere: in the air, in the soil, in water and food.  You have arsenic in your body.  It’s a fact of life.  However, arsenic in certain forms and above a certain quantity kills.  So arsenic giving a brilliant emerald hue in a wallpaper won’t kill.  But mix that wallpaper

The sick child by Edward Munch, 1907 (used Paris Green pigment, aka emerald green aka Schweinfurter Grün). Munch painted this after it was known that the green wallpaper contained arsenic which had killed children in the late 1880s.

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Tanka : xaeaxed?


a study proved this
your friends have more friends than you
friendship paradox
predicts, slows epidemics
does not matter who? xaeaxed!

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Senryu : forlorn


forlorn in junkyard
discovered, hauled to Tucson
tools, love and rebirth

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trolleys in stages of renovation

The murals (I haven’t shown you yet, lol) turns out to be in the backyard of the Old Pueblo Trolley, an operating transit museum.  It’s free to visit and it’s amazing, filled with old buses, trolleys and even a couple of antique cars.  They Continue reading Senryu : forlorn

Senryu : finally


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

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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 : dawn


May your dawning New Year shine bright

fresh dawn, farewell night
New Year’s brings promise, firm goals
revelry and smiles

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Senryu : quotidian


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

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Senryu : I’m late


poor little robo
lamb gazes curiously
Mary is no help

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Senryu : stocking


stockings filled with love
presents opened; ooohs and ahhs
warm hearth, hugs and nog

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Merry Christmas everybody!

And here is a gift for you.  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai put together Christmas Stockings, an ebook of holiday poems using Japanese poetry forms.  And guess what!  One of my poems is in the book.  You can download it for free here — it’s in the right-hand column. What are you waiting for?  Go, go, go!  (laughing)

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