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


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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Daily Haiku / Senryu: Scorpion


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


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

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Daily Haiku/Senryu : Shimmering sunsets, senryu and wild geese



lingering sunset
luscious memories shimmer
even as they fade

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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