Tanka : take a seat

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plop down on a squab
rest beneath a gambrel’s beam
an air con’s cool breeze
door splits summer heat outside
sip iced liquid for a spell

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I thought squab was a fat little bird, roasted and tender.  Rather surprised to find out it’s also a stuffed cushion — which explains some confusion I felt upon reading a Victorian novel.  They did not have a pooping bird on their gorgeous divan after all.

Being in Arizona, “summer heat” always feels inadequate.  I thought of using “blasting heat” or “furnace heat” because  a dry heat at 110F/43C feels like a furnace blasting your skin off when you rush from air conditioned car to similarly cooled buildings. It’s a little intense here in the summers.

Weejars challenges us to work with commonplace words but to use their synonyms rather than the word itself.   It’s always fun to read a thesaurus for synonyms because it’s like “oh, yeah, I forgot that means the same thing” plus you often learn a new word like “gambrel.”  I habitually search a thesaurus for one or two syllable alternatives because haiku/senryu/tanka has limited syllables and it’s a challenge to make each line a sentence/complete thought.

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MLMM’s challenge words & synonyms used

cushion: squab
roof: gambrel
fork : split
water : liquid
for a time : for a spell

References:

Same Same But Different, 19 May 2018
Saturday Mix
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Liquid
Weekly Photo Challenge
Daily Post

©2018 photograph by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
long tall lemonade at Zinburger, Tucson, AZ
blueberries, vodka, lemon, elderflower

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Tanka : what spell is this

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one part bottled bliss
add an ounce or two of Spring
stir in bubbling heat
set aside complications
sprinkle laughter and a wink

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Ok, just for fun.  What do you think this spell is for?

 

References:

Bottled bliss
May Writing Prompts
Putting My Feet in the Dirt

Complication
daily prompts
daily post

Spring
Weekly Weather
Tourmaline

Haiku : bouquet & greenery

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feasting on bouquets
greenery all aflutter
happy dance of spring

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Reference:

©2018 photograph by M. LaFreniere
Butterflies at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Week 97 – Bouquet & Greenery
Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge
Ramblings of a Writer

 

Tanka : Florence Nightingale

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life’s a splendid gift
greatest things grow from smallest
discipline shapes lives
distill words into action
live your life while you have it

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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