Senryu : Calling Intergalactic AAA


calling for a tow
ship is down, cargo escaped
waiting for light years

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Easy mission they said. Pick up a few specimens from just beyond the red star.

Okay, fine. But did they have to assign me the oldest ship in the fleet? Geez.

Now here I am, waiting for a tow. How long does it take anyways to warp a few light years?


second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

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Halloween Senryu : Zombies


Amber yelled, “Back off!
I am not on your diet”
Zombies don’t listen

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Zombies Prefer Redheads: a Halloween tale

Fiery-haired Amber grumbles, “Let’s go to the outdoor concert, she says. Cool autumn night, great music. It’ll be fun, she says. Fun, my ass! Hungry zombie cheerleaders show up. Uh huh. You ever see a cheerleader go off her diet? It’s not a pretty sight.”

Amber sets the pump shotgun against her shoulder,

“Back off! I am not on your diet!”

Once Kelly could belt out cheers and handle the most intricate routines. Now the zombie cheerleader moans, shambling forward.

Amber steps back, falling over a stone. She manages to keep ahold of the shotgun as she goes down. “Damn it, if you don’t back off, I’m going to blow your head off!”

And so she does.

senryu, story, and second life photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner
special thanks to Amber Icestron, the indomitable redhead
zombies and poses by Something New Props n’ Poses
set design by Winter Phoenix

JNW’s Halloween Challenge: zombie

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Daily Haiku / Senryu : Tame


Pinkie is not tamed
snarling, biting a close hand
warning done, she purrs

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I admit Pinkie is schizoid.  When she was a kitten, she once brought home a baby rattlesnake.  Scared mom who killed it right away.

When you try to pet Pinkie she doesn’t know whether she should bite you or purr so she does both.  She prefers to be petted with your foot.  Crazy cat. But if you’re sick, she’ll lie by you all day, keeping you company without complaining.  That’s when she knows exactly what to do.

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Daily Haiku / Senryu : Interest


much to do, to blog
renaissance interests, darn!
can only be one

          haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

So much of the advice to beginning bloggers start with “pick a subject”, “specialize”, “write about one topic your audience wants to Continue reading Daily Haiku / Senryu : Interest

Daily Haiku / Senryu : Witty


comedian laughs
I want to be witty too —
my quips a day late

            haiku by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I’m one of the George Burns of the world.  Serious, but finding the world funny. Deadpans, while the Gracie’s of the world fling back quick-witted comments.  My sister is a bit of a Gracie — she’s good at saying something funny right at the time.  Winter, too, he’s hilarious. My quick quips show up — too bad they’re a day late.  All the things I could have said … yesterday!  Laughing.  It’s ok.  We can’t all be funny.  I’m like the designated driver.  I get to laugh.  So I get the best job of all.

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A Teacher’s ‘Wit’ and Wisdom, by Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, February 27, 2000

Cat Photo by Octavio Fossatti on Unsplash
Note: I saw Wit on Amazon.  Sounded awesome.
Wit is on my list for next year.  I want to watch the DVD as well as read Wit: A Play but need a little more distance. Emma Thompson, as a professor in 17th century literature (think John Donne), battles cancer treatment (yeah, sometimes the treatment can be rough) with wit and increasing grace. Margaret Edsen, the playwright, worked as a unit clerk in a cancer ward. She quit, took a less stressful job at a bike shop to write her play before going for her master’s.
She sent the play to 60 theater companies before it was accepted.  A college drama friend, Derek Anson Jones, carried it in his backpack for years. He found an opportunity to direct it at the Long Wharf Theater in Connecticut starring Kathleen Chalfant. Positive reviews carried the play to Off-Broadway, a national tour and HBO. 
And Margaret Edsen?  In the time it took the play to become famous, she became a kindergarten teacher.  After getting her master’s she was accepted into the second year of DC’s alternative certification program. The program helped put teachers into inner-city schools who last longer than the typical 21-year-old teacher straight out of college. She loves and values teaching and even becoming a big hit in the drama world doesn’t entice her away. She said in a Washington Post interview, “I feel very clear about what I’m doing. I’m perfectly sure of the positive impact of what I’m doing. ” She is one of my heroines.

Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History’s Great Wits and Wordsmiths


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Last month I got my first “buy” as an Amazon affilate, receiving $3. 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 and affiliated sites.”