Senryu : finally

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

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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

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May your dawning New Year shine bright

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

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Senryu : quotidian

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

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Senryu : I’m late

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poor little robo
lamb gazes curiously
Mary is no help

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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Senryu : stocking

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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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Haiku : Shimmering sunsets, senryu and wild geese

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lingering sunset
luscious memories shimmer
even as they fade

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Georgia told me about the Daily Post putting out a daily prompt each day.  A single word to kickoff people’s creativity.  I thought I’d give it a shot but as a daily haiku or senryu.  Or I might do a tanka which is 5-7-5-7-7 so five lines.

I loved Salad Anniversary by Machi Tawara (got it when I taught English in Japan in my 20s).  At age 25, she revitalized the tanka when her poetry captured modern love and life in sharp bites as her emotions pingpong from joy to sorrow.

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