Senryu : sleeping like a clam


clammed up in my quilt
alarm tears me from my shell
autumn dreams depart

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Chèvrefeuille challenged us to revise a classical haiku by Basho on the Ise Shima Wedding Rocks. Continue reading Senryu : sleeping like a clam

Senryu : 2017 into 2018


two thousand seventeen
one year dances out, next in
two thousand eighteen

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

luckily 2017 has exactly 5 syllables but it did make for a very short haiku

Love this video.  A few days ago, airport employees left their desks and broke out into dance to end the year much to the surprise of the people still in line. Now you know why they tell you you have to check in an hour early!

I love musicals so seeing people break out in song in real life in mundane Continue reading Senryu : 2017 into 2018

Tanka Haibun : First Snow


first snow icy cold
staying in, cuddling with books
playing indoor games
laughter fills up small spaces
shhhh, dad is hibernating

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

When I was a kid, it seemed like in the winter, Continue reading Tanka Haibun : First Snow

Senryu: the Dead


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

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

Heeding Haiku : Winter’s Rose


winter’s new year’s rose
Mizuhara’s iced beauty
I’ve got cactus — trade?

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose

Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981)

Continue reading Heeding Haiku : Winter’s Rose