Meeting the Bar; Tanka

breeze of dawning spring
caresses our naked forms
intertwined we sleep
the waterfall’s basin fills
overflowing like our love

Toni instructs us on the beauty of the Japanese tanka form over at dVerse Poets Pub.  Come give it a try!

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai; Combining animals with seasons

Old bamboo thicket
Red-Crowned Crane selects a mate
Blustering wind sighs

Linking this to Chevrefeuille’s prompt to write a haiku combining a season with an animal:

Expansion: A Tritina

Photo:  Google Images

Beneath the peat-rich soil a kernel sprouts
Warmed by the sun it shoots to expand
Pushing through earth’s loam it seeks success
Spring encompasses all and urges success
By increments she touches every sprout
Ardent in her discipline to support expand
Seedling thrives through organic expand
Light…dark…climate, systemically feeds success
Growing beauty flowering from sprout
Delicate sprout, your perseverance expands, creating success

Today at dVerse Poets for FormForAll, Samuel Peralta (Semaphore) shows us the Tritina form:

Harmonic Concert

Newness envelops all in the garden
Delicate buds and shoots appear sudden
Overnight her work is apparent
Nature’s spontaneous joy is bidden

Schefflera displays its umbrella
Baby’s breath, like a laced mantilla,
Emits its honey-fragranced scent
Twining begins the mandevilla

Potted roses burst their red
Spent twigs and leaves have all been shed
Orchids prime to flaunt their stuff
New staghorn fern gets set to spread

Life renews after lying inert
Intrinsic rhythm reasserts
Vortex whirls and makes it hum
The cycle of life…harmonic concert

Photo of orchid taken by Gayle Walters Rose

dVerse Poetics; FormForAll:  Rubaiyat Quatrain:

Thanks to Samuel for an informative and entertaining article on this form.


hatchlings left unattended
empty nest syndrome


spring budding appears
years follow years…destiny
decrees renewal


vulnerable snake
molting skin leaves him exposed
hawk hovers, then swoops


withering decline
weak, slow, soft, decaying breath
death gently enters

An entry for Haiku Heights where the prompt is FATE:


Orange bougainvillea

Image by Keith Williamson via Flickr

I thought the bougainvillea

was frozen, dead and gone–

No more flower to gaze upon.

But when trimming it today

a bit of green was found.

Beauty for another spring!

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Spring has Sprung

Multi-colored wild Lantanas (Lantana camaraflo...

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I could tell spring had sprung,

the lizards and frogs have thawed.

And the crickets have begun their

chirping in the early evening hours.

Little bits of greenery have sprouted

from the surrounding trees and flowers

which just weeks earlier were barren and

appearing done in by the freeze.

I’ve even discovered a chrysalis of

the beautiful Monarch butterfly which had

attached itself to the garden’s patch

of scraggly, lanky milkweed.

The lantana is an early bloomer and

has burst forth with multi-colored hues.

A morning mockingbird was perched on it

taking a break from singing the blues.

It’s a time of new beginnings even

from seeming death–life springs

eternal from the sacred and fertile earth.

Monday Morning Writing Prompt–It’s Spring!:


Plant canopy (Caladium bicolor 'Florida Sweeth...

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Caladium shoots

First sign that spring has appeared

Eye-catching flora

Heart-shaped leafy foliage–

Brilliant pinks edged green

Daffodil and Rose

The harsh, chilling freeze

Slowly warms into the spring’s

First hint of dewdrops

Left unfrozen upon the

Daffodil, poppy and rose.

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