Haiku : Carousel

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whirling carousel
gold circle floats out of reach
starry summer nights

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Victoria C. Slotto challenges us to use symbolism in our poem. I chose the carousel/merry-go-round.  Rather than telling you what the poem means, I figure I’d let you guess what the carousel means.  Partly too because I think the same thing can symbolize different things to different people at different times and I am okay with the shifting meanings of poetry.

I Once Used an Earthquake–dVerse MTB: Symbolism
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photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
1996 Picture: A gorgeous antique carousel graces the grounds of Tilden Park with hand-carved fantastic creatures. Built in 1911, bought in 1978, the merry-go-round is one of 200 hand-carved wooden carousels in the United States.

 

Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of SF Art of the Carousel Carving Miniature Carousel Animals Carousel CD: Shirley Jones

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Senryu : visitors

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strange visitors came
friendly silence greeted me
darn! none spoke English

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Movies always have alien visitors being able to speak English (or whatever the home country language is of the movie/theater).  However, I’ve traveled and I’ve noticed travelers sometimes expect people to speak their language rather than learning the country that they are visiting.

So I can’t help but wonder — when aliens show up, are they going to expect us to know their language?  And if we can’t, will that mark us obviously uneducated?  What if they decide we are not intelligent lifeforms? Or will we all make do with friendly silences and smiles?  Just wondering.

References:

Leave the Porch Light On! : visits and visitors
dVerse Pub

second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

A folk tale told in haiku

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Just cuz you’re nice, doesn’t make you a fool: an old folktale
aka The Scorpion and The Tortoise (told in haiku)

river rushes by
scorpion asks for a ride
kindly tortoise nods

tap tap on the shell
“what are you doing up there?”
“trying to sting you”

shrugs, “it’s my nature”
“idiot” says the tortoise
diving down, “bye bye”

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

The scorpion stinging a friend on the river has various variants depending on the Continue reading A folk tale told in haiku

Haibun: Elf Owl

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So tiny, no bigger than a sparrow, the elf owl flees other owls who would eat it in one bite.  It’s big round eyes remind me of Harry Potter glasses.  I’d like to see one one day but not in my backyard.  My cat doesn’t understand why I prefer she sticks with catfood and not dine on local birds.

elf owl flying nights
wee bird hiding in cactus
come north when buds bloom Continue reading Haibun: Elf Owl

Senryu: the Dead

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Between the crosses
Mark our place; we are the Dead
And we shall not sleep

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Victoria C. Slotto introduced an Erasure poetry form on DVerse “Look What I Found“.  Continue reading Senryu: the Dead

Rouzy-bouzy night

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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.