Beneath a Gale

 

beneath a gale

the pretty chaos of Christmas

lights in the trees

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Special #186 Georgia’s 2nd “days of Christmas” (choka), another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this prompt we were given Georgia’s Christmas choka as an inspiration:

candles burn bright
Christmas trees twinkle
symbols of rebirth
in dark days of winter
school children home
play in snow-covered lawns
an old beggar stands
alone homeless and cold
angels smile sweetly
on a street corner at dawn
in newspapers
words of peaceful harmony
on the radio
sweet carols play day and night

Christmas card scenes
melt under the heat of hate
we know too well
the children are being good
anxiously awaiting gifts

© Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet, 2014)

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s first John Peel and then Soft Cell –
 

The Earth is Narrow

 

the earth is narrow

a high breeze grips the trees

fledglings

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem #675, House (au Auvers), another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai,which gave Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “House au Auvers” as our inspiration . All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Lynyrd Skynyrd –

Travellers

 

bright autumn moon

bare branches moving like arms –

the first snow                                (Yozakura)

 

travellers look up and stare

take their time like trees                  (Blake)

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This poem was written for Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #60, Yozakura, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this challenge Yozakura’s “bright autumn moon” was our inspiration and we were asked to take his hokku and add two lines in approximately 7/7 syllables, to create a two-person tanka, a tan renga. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here.

Little Luxuries

 

Little luxuries

From damp trees in autumn –

These medieval breaths

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This poem was written for Heeding Haiku With HA: The Art of Breathing, in which we were invited to feel ourselves breathing and share the experience in the form of a haiku or a tanka. Meanwhile, to accompany the poem, here’s a curious video of Kate Bush wrapped in cling-film…