Midsummer Solstice

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Summer solstice here
Midsummer heat arrived early
Thankful for cool air
Sol sistere // sun stands still
Day and night ponder future
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Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Frank Tassone asked us to consider the up coming solstice, which is sometimes referred to as Midsummer Solstice. In the southern hemisphere is the Midwinter Solstice. He asked that we write the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to our choice of either midsummer (manatsu) of midwinter (mafuyu).

Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/06/15/haikai-challenge-90-6-15-19-midsummer-manastu-midwinter-mafuyu-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

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Snakes on a Log

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Snakes sunning on log

Enjoy summer’s heat // and frogs

Fresh out of pea soup

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Photo Dwight L. Roth

With the onset of summer heat before spring is over, Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem eluding to summer heat. These snakes sunning themselves reminds me that there are some who love summer time heat!

Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/06/01/haikai-challenge-88-6-1-19-summer-like-natsumeku-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Hollow Winds – Tribute

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hollow winds
my thoughts turn
to firewood
© Rachel Sutcliffe (UK)
Rachael Sutcliffe, another well know haiku poet in the UK, has passed away. Frank Tassone asked us to choose one of her poems and write a follow-up poem in the same manner as her poem, as a tribute to her wonderful poetry. I really liked this one because of the many interpretations one could get from reading it.
Relentless wind blows
inspiration burns within
like logs on the fire
Dwight L. Roth – Photo
Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2019/01/26/haikai-challenge-70-1-26-19-rachel-sutcliffe-tribute-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

 

Independence Day

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Independence Day (a Haibun)

Perhaps our understanding of freedom and independence is skewed by misguided expectations. Our Republic was founded on the principles of freedom under law. The question becomes whose freedom and whose laws. It seems that every time there is a social push for change, the ensuing freedom comes with expectations that everyone will get on board. When that does not happen, then it (our newfound freedom) becomes means of control and forced compliance. Too bad we can’t just enjoy our freedoms without insisting everyone has to see things our way!

Independence Day

Freedom to control others

The way we see fit

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone asked us to look at the meaning Independence Day. What does it mean to be free and what are the necessities to remain that way. I believe we live in a country where the word freedom has been hijacked by those who want to control it. If that continues to happen we will no longer have a free society.

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#Haikai Challenge #40 (6/30/18): Independence #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga