The Colors of Spring, haiku sequence #TankaTuesday

white printed paper with four white roses

the smell of spring…green grassesundulate and wave daffodil—alone in a fieldmellow yellow thin mistgray clouds mirrorreflections green leaf budsdrawing down the moonat twilight forsythiayellow petals fallin the mud pear blossoms—the goddess’ white tearsspring hoarfrost For #TankaTuesday, I wrote a series of haiku. This week we were to use color in… Continue reading

Kigo: Japanese Season Words for Crafting Haiku

cherry blossom tree

Kigo (季語, “season word”) is a word or phrase associated with a particular season, most often used in traditional forms of Japanese poetry such as haiku, renga and renku. Wikipedia provides an excellent definition of haiku: “Haiku is a short verse genre written in one line in Japanese and commonly… Continue reading

Haiku

I love haiku. They are one of my favorite syllabic forms to write. This haiku is written for #TankaTuesday and the specific form challenge. Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. In haiku, your subject will always… Continue reading

Daily haiku ~ the river

summer clouds— kayakers floating the river © Colleen M. Chesebro I’m with the grand-dogs this weekend on the Grand River. It’s always so beautiful and peaceful here. I’m working on haiku imagery. The idea is to connect emotions by associating two or more images together in strange and unusual ways…. Continue reading

#solo-renga, #haiku, #tanka

For Frank Tassone’s challenge, I used the kigo “midsummer rain” for challenge #195 to write a solo renga: midsummer rain flows rivulets run down the street rainbow slicks glisten the heady scent of wet earth moisture adds a second skin © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro For challenge #196, “summer moon… Continue reading

“Hazy Moon,” #Haiku, #NaPoWritMo

Spring has found its way to Michigan… The temperature hit 80 degrees F. today. Yet, the clouds are rolling in. Rain is on the way… it matches my mood. A dear friend’s husband lost his battle to cancer today. Like the spring rain, my tears fall at the loss of… Continue reading

“neko no koi,” Cats in Love, #haiku, #haiga, #NaPoWritMo

First I’ll give you the haiku. The kigo is “cats in love” (neko no koi) which signifies spring. cats in love— howls under the moon rite of spring ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro Let’s talk about haiga poetry. This is poetry that combines three forms: imagery, photographs or original art, and… Continue reading

“kaze hikaru,” Shining Wind, #haiku

Happy April! This is the first day of National Poetry Month, and my poem a day writing practice. shining wind— pink blossoms eddy in moonbeams ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro My kigo is “shining wind” kaze hikaru in Japanese. I’ve followed a 3-5-3 syllable format. Continue reading

#TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 219, #SpecificForm

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Welcome! New links added daily! Check out the NEW main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know… Continue reading

“The Dryad,” #haiku

D. L. (Denise) Finn shared the image for this week’s poetry challenge: I wrote a few haiku (not really a series) staying true to the rules of including a kigo (season word) and the pivot. I love the ethereal quality to this photo. There is plenty of magic to inspire… Continue reading