Tanka Haibun : First Snow

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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, mom kept telling us to shush because dad was sleeping.  I didn’t know back then that along with his fulltime job in the air force, dad would take whatever part-time jobs he could get to make sure we got nice presents for Christmas.  So he would sleep when got home from work for a few hours before the graveyard job started. He said his worst job was cleaning monkey cages in Duluth, Minnesota winter.  Apparently monkeys like to throw shit at you.

There are so many sacrifices parents make that we as children never know.  Sometimes we find out when you get to talking as adults or from relatives but a lot of times we never do.  So here’s a moment of gratitude to mom and dad (both passed) who sacrificed sleep, time and so much more that we’ll never know about for us kids.

References:

December 13th 2017, first snow
Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

second life photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

Senryu Tale : Entrance … Exit

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huge monster’s entrance
fight! arms up, barrels loaded
stay calm. peace. exit.

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

 

The Sea Witch’s Tale

The tentacles reached towards me. Not to mention the gnashing teeth!

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Senryu : chess

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pulls the string, bolt soars
rook’s encounter, harries pawns
behold! the queen falls

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Saturday Mix: Same Same but Different had a challenge on Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie to create prose or poetry using the synonyms of five words.  Here are my synonyms

draw:  draw the bowstring  :  pulls the string
fly: arrow flies : bolt soars
meet : rook’s meet : rook’s encounter
annoy:  annoys pawns  : harries pawns
look:  look!   : behold!