Tanka : take a seat

2+

plop down on a squab
rest beneath a gambrel’s beam
an air con’s cool breeze
door splits summer heat outside
sip iced liquid for a spell

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I thought squab was a fat little bird, Continue reading Tanka : take a seat

Senryu : stepdaughter

2+

angry stepdaughter
fetching for her buys no calm
peace comes from within

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

She sat, staring in the mirror, a bitchy frown marring her beauty.

Snarling, “Wouldn’t you know it?  Cinderella gets the prince!  With her smudged Continue reading Senryu : stepdaughter

Tanka : wedding dress

3+

I love these title challenges from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie.  She asks you to make a poem or story from one of these:

The Last Rose of Babylon
The Underground Flamingo
A Very Auspicious Accident
The Eidolon and the Wardrobe
My Grandmother’s Wedding Dress
Sealed with a Curse
Compassion: Gift of the Suffering Heart
The Day the Willows Shrieked
My Incessant Valentine
The Unmaking of a Dream

So, of course, I reach for something in  haiku/senryu formL

The day Willow shrieked
“My Grandmother’s Wedding Dress”
Sealed with a Curse

hmmm, but I see a story here. So let’s start again. The story line: what happens when an old flame who never gave up shows at the wedding, pouring red wine on white satin…

The day Willow shrieked
“My Grandmother’s Wedding Dress”
Sealed with a Curse
My Incessant Valentine
The Unmaking of a Dream

Eidolon hushed her
an auspicious accident
a quick wardrobe change
she floats down the aisle in pink
The Last Rose of Babylon

the old flame storms off, foiled again.  It’s no fun when dreams of revenge end in sweetness and light.

I do like a happy ending, don’t you?

 

References:

Sunday Writing Prompt “It’s All in the Title”
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

senryu and tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Senryu : aging wrinkles

2+

aging, my back hurts
super highs, crashing angst smoothed
wrinkles, silvered, good

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Yeah, my back hurts.  My eyes are going; my hearing fading.

I remember my 20’s.  The spiraling highs.  Egads, the energy!  Running, dancing, Continue reading Senryu : aging wrinkles

Senryu : dreaming

2+

dreaming of a poem
struggling for that perfect phrase
reaching — nooo! — it’s gone

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

 

Entering a poem is to enter a dreamscape.  Random unrelated bits float, Continue reading Senryu : dreaming

Tanka : strange dreams

2+

chamomile fairy
sideways granite supression
farfetched autophobia
layogenic bleach-haired elf
transparent road disappears

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Reference:

Wordle #186
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

February 25: Sea Green
Color Your World Challenge
Tourmaline

second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

font : Finn & Lonna by Mellow Design Lab

 

Tanka : boots

2+

give me all your best
no lies, don’t be a-messin’
something you call love
keep playing, we’ll be burning
these boots were made for falling

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Mandibelle16 challenged us to create something using Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Were Made For Walking.  I loved that song as a teenager — still love it.  The whole tough chick story is cool.  But I am also a romantic  so this is the sequel because she found “a brand new box of matches.” Continue reading Tanka : boots