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

Honestly today when I woke up, I Continue reading Senryu : dawn

Senryu : Shichi-Go-San Day, November 15th

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shichi-go-san day
age 3, 5, 7, celebrate
my first kimono

senryu and photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I took this picture in Oita on Shichi-go-san day.  A father with his daughter and I imagine the grandmother praying at the shrine.

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Ronovan Weekly / Haibun Monday : Lake & Calm / Water

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calm lake’s loveliness
volcano rumbles on top
aww, shit! car won’t start

senryu and photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Ages ago, Rie and I drove up to Mt. Aso in a little white car. I had just learned to Continue reading Ronovan Weekly / Haibun Monday : Lake & Calm / Water

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Crescendo

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a song’s crescendo
it’s the ascent, not the peak,
forging the spirit

haiku & photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

References:

Crescendo
Daily Prompts
The Daily Post

Sport’s Day, Oita City, Japan by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Amazon: Some music with crescendo highlights


Celibidache Conducts Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

Boulez Conducts Ravel: Bolero / La valse / Rapsodie Espagnole / Alborada del Gracioso / Daphnis et Chloe (Suite No. 2)

Pines of Rome / Fountains of Rome conducted by Rizzi

Hot Space by Queen, song Under Pressure

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Daily Haiku / Senryu : Mount Aso

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Mt Aso
placid lake nestled
quiet volcano crater
rumbling summit growls
haiku & photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Ages ago, Rie and I drove up to Mt. Aso in a little white car.  I had just learned to drive a manual transmission and was all proud of myself on our little roadtrip.  Continue reading Daily Haiku / Senryu : Mount Aso

Daily Haiku / Senryu: Scorpion

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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

References:

Creative Random Word Generator
Site where you can randomly generate 1-8 words. It’s also has some word mind games on the dropdown menu if you want some brain exercise. The tweening games looks interesting. I changed the setting to 1 and got Scorpion.The Scorpion and the Tortoise and other folktales about unnatural partnerships
edited by D. L. Ashliman, University of PittsburghImage: I changed the photograph a bit in Photoshop but used 2 photographs as a base:

Some folk tales on Amazon:


Favorite Folktales from Around the World

American Tall Tales

Kalila wa Dimna, Vol. 1: – Fables of Friendship and Betrayal from the Panchatantra, Jatakas, Bidpai, Kalilah wa Dimnah and Lights of Canopus

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

Note: Added on 9/20/17 I’ve been accepted as an Amazon affiliate. Last month I got my first “buy”. Haven’t gotten a second one yet. Still I’m happy. The first buy means they’ll review your site and officially accept you and I got accepted! Now, I’ll usually get a percentage if someone buys something by clicking a link — for books it’s 4.5%. Amazon disclosure: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”