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

Autumn chill


autumn chill, rot and ruin
trees naked amidst dead leaves
dancing on gold fields

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

“Weren’t you going to share your story — the one that started with ‘The autumn chill descended over the town and with it came rot and ruin‘?  I love that line.  It is so evocative.”  ….  “I know I said I also was going to write a short piece. Ok, ok, I admit it.  There was no fiction involved.”  Hangs my head,  peeking through my lashes.  “I had to.  The haiku just popped into my head. Don’t you think the trees look like they are dancing?” …  “No?”  Pours gin liberally into a glass.  Passes it over.  “Here, this might help with that.” … “Oh, that’s ok. You don’t have to be the designated driver.  We aren’t going anywhere. Here’s another haiku.”  … “What?  You thought when I invited you over to look at my opus, I had something else in mind?  Geez! What kind of a writer do you think I am?!!”

The photo was from the First Line Friday challenge.

(note 10 days later on 11/1/17) Oooh, just noticed my count was off on the first line. darn it.  But i like it so well, I can’t give it up. Shhh.  give the haiku readers more gin.  Maybe they won’t notice either.

First Line Friday
MindLovesMisery Menagerie

First Line Friday gives you a line to start your short fiction with.  This week’s line is” The autumn chill descended over the town and with it came rot and ruin.”

The Tuesday Platform
october 31st theme: autumn/October by Magaly Guerrero. (“Share any poem you like. Any form. Old or new. We’ll delight in it. If there is a hint of Autumn or October in its lines, I’ll probably dance with it. Fine, I will kiss it on the mouth.”
imaginary garden with real toads

Rouzy-bouzy night


Rouzy-bouzy night
weekend’s cusp, hangin’ with mates
Thank God it’s Friday!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Awshape me!
Scribble it! challenge to use one or more from a list of forgotten words about to stage a come-back
Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Open Link Night
poetry, free choice
dVerse Poets Pub

Photograph in Second Life by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner. No cats were harmed in the making of the picture.

Heeding Haiku: on the river, a travel haibun


missed river ferry
Rie and I lost for a day
peaceful Buddha glows

senryu and photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Within Wat Pho, a giant reclining Buddha gazes sleepily down upon pilgrims and tourists as Buddha.

Continue reading Heeding Haiku: on the river, a travel haibun

Daily Haiku / Senryu: Autumn


rich autumn harvest
squash dressed in tangerine and gold
hungry! pumpkin pie?

what can I say?  the photo makes me hungry.  I can smell nutmeg, cinnamon and butter when I see that big pumpkin

maybe I should have wrote:

nutmeg, cinnamon
buttered autumn aroma
pie season’s arrived!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
photo by DHBogucki  (thank you for letting me use it!)

If you have time, check out his writing.  I love this poem: I Want to Rest on Your Nightstand


JNW’s Halloween Challenge – Autumn, October 17