Senryu : visitors

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strange visitors came
friendly silence greeted me
darn! none spoke English

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Movies always have alien visitors being able to speak English (or whatever the home country language is of the movie/theater).  However, I’ve traveled and I’ve noticed travelers sometimes expect people to speak their language rather than learning the country that they are visiting.

So I can’t help but wonder — when aliens show up, are they going to expect us to know their language?  And if we can’t, will that mark us obviously uneducated?  What if they decide we are not intelligent lifeforms? Or will we all make do with friendly silences and smiles?  Just wondering.

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Leave the Porch Light On! : visits and visitors
dVerse Pub

second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

Senryu : Peeves

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couples have their peeves
he forgot to feed the bird!
some things drive you nuts!

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

“Darn it, Winter! You forgot to feed the bird!”
It’s in situations like this that your mind rambles, “you know, I should have made an omelette when he brought home that humongous egg but I thought it was going to be an ostrich. Darn it. I don’t think it was such a great idea to move in with a paleontologist after all. Wasn’t there a song? Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be paleontologists? Something like that for sure. Oooh, Kirstin, you’re a big kitty but I don’t think stalking this bird is a good idea, you know, honey.”

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Photo in second life by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

Senryu: Dancing

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got my dancing shoes
work all done, not going home
free ’til tomorrow

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Dancing
daily prompts, daily post

Added 5/23/18 to Tuesday Platform because when Sanaa Rizvi said “There is something about the sky that stirs my heart, my soul and my muse from time to time”; I thought of this poem right away

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Haiku : Shimmering sunsets, senryu and wild geese

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lingering sunset
luscious memories shimmer
even as they fade

haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

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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