Tanka : Florence Nightingale


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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Haiku : spring


spring blossom budding
lull afore desert’s dog days
nature ablooming

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Spring is a very short season here before the summer heat hits. In a few weeks what passes as winter’s cold leaves us with spring dropping by to say hello before heralding in the blasting furnace winds of our desert summer.  I love spring.


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Tanka : cherita


inscrutable word
prompt says write a Cherita
what the heck is that?
sounds like a cigar or drink
poem form evolved from tanka

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

once upon a time, or so the story goes
Leiana, a royal guard of the deep, doing a usual patrol
saw movement deep within a cave

of course, she had to investigate
a large pile of bones had grown out of the blue

oh dear, myriad baby krakens skittered away from mama’s provisions

cherita terbalik by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Senryu : following Sinbad, a cracked tale


following Sinbad
he discovered dinosaurs!
duck!!! it thinks we’re snacks

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Senryu : stocking


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

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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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