South Padre Island

South Padre Island

Friday, November 18, 2016

fragil beauty

carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #19 Teika's 7th Tanka Writing Technique "clever treatment" (prompt: fragile beauty)


wind
blasts through the fallen leaves
once more
raked into perfect piles
now crowned with curls of smoke

©  petra domina

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depression

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #18 depression


sinking
beneath the covers
your love
grasps my heart and pulls
me from the darkness

©  petra domina

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

loneliness

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #17 loneliness


reading 
the same line 
again and again
in disbelief
tears flow

©  petra domina

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silence

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


breathing
switches turned off . . .
silence
as peace 
fills the room

©  petra domina

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waterfall

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #16 Teika's Sixth Tanka Writing Technique "visual description" (prompt: waterfall)


amid the roar
the rusty barge sits in silence
reflecting
as ancient waters caress
the crest of the falls

©  petra domina

Niaigra Falls, Canada, 2005

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bush clover

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #15 bush clover

bush clover
stretches its petals
to kiss 
the waiting warmth
of her lovers lips

©  petra domina

Image result for bush clover

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six swans

Carpe Diem Special Japanese Poetry In The Lowlands #3 Ria Giskes "six swans" (tanka)

six swans
in the middle of a carpet
feathers -
around the barber chair
my white tufts of hair

© Ria Giske (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

preening
at the river's edge
swan dancers
moving to the rhythm 
of the final score

©  petra domina

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Basho

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #7 Basho (the translations)


shivering
last of the garden roses
covered in frost
stroking her back
beneath the moon

©  petra domina

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storm

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #14 storm

stormy sounds
filter through the floorboards
above
knowing smiles exchanged
between dinner guests

©  petra domina

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Friday, November 11, 2016

fireplace

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #11 fireplace


fiery roar
as the wood is consumed
in sparks of passion
hearth is warmed as
the last embers glow

©  petra domina


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silken strand

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #10 Teika's 4th Tanka Writing Technique - convicting feeling (abandoned beach)


like a silken strand
floating on the autumn breeze
in total freedom
suddenly ensnared by hate
she is free to float no more

©  petra domina

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

first frost

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #6 first frost


a blade of grass
wears a coat white
yesterday's dewdrop
transformed by your heartless touch
burning love turned to ice

©  petra domina

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dragonfly

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #8 dragonfly


dragonfly,
how do dragons fly?
with invisible wings
fueled by a heart of love
and a belly filled with fire

©  petra domina

Here are some tanka from the real poets:

shamanic journey
a red dragonfly comes
to guide the canoe
ancient wisdom unfolds
becoming one with the dragonfly

© Jane Reichhold & Chèvrefeuille

glittering blue
above empty riverbed
wings of dragonfly
through the mist, the croaking of frogs;
soon the riverbed will be full again
© Ese & Chèvrefeuille

dragonfly dances
above the old pond of Basho -
the sound of water
wings reflecting sunlight
on young green leaves

© Chèvrefeuille

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016

dancing in the moonlight

Carpe Diem "Make The Haiku Complete" (100) encore, just for fun. "dancing in the moonlight"


fireflies
dancing in the moonlight
sky write a message

©  petra domina


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chestnuts

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #6 chestnuts

Upon reading the prompt for this post my mind went to the opening lines from  Longfellow's work, The Village Blacksmith:
"Under a spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands;"  

The poetry describes a strong, hard working man with sons and daughters.  A simple man that none the less teaches by the way he lives to those who would see. 

Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
  For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
  Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
  Each burning deed and thought!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
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outstretched arms
extending from your body
muscles rippling
aching for that lustiness
under the chestnut tree

©  petra domina



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Friday, November 4, 2016

low sunlight

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #5 low sunlight


silloutted
against the evening sky
a single pillar
casts its long shadow
across the waiting valley 

©  petra domina



in the low sunlight
longing eyes softly touching
from across the room
heartbeats hastening
old lovers' tryst

©  petra domina

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

reindeer







Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #4 Teika's 2nd Tanka Writing Technique "Appropriate statement" - prompt: bare branches


following the light
reindeer seek the warmth of sun
travel as one
across the frozen tundra
bare branch forest on the move

©  petra domina



Moving with the reindeer in the winter. © Jan Helmer Olsen Karasjok from Jan Helmer Olsen on Vimeo.


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bare branches

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #4 Teika's 2nd Tanka Writing Technique "Appropriate statement" - prompt: bare branches


scampering
along the bare branches
with a tail raised
gathers acorns in his jaws
fills a hole with his seed

©  petra domina

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rain

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #3 rain


the parched earth
longs for the sound of thunder
storm clouds gather
throbbing with desire
moisture enters Mother Earth

©  petra domina

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autumn scenes

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #5 autumn scenes


leaf covered
the stone walkway greets
with a crunch
childhood memories wash
across your feet with each step

©  petra domina


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through the mist

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #2 Mist


muffled sounds
filtering through 
the morning mist
a golden willow
weeps

©  petra domina

©  petra domina 2016

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

slowmotion

Carpe Diem Special Japanese Poetry In The Lowlands #1 Jeanine Hoedemakers'


haiga Pair of Snails (photo and haiku © Jeanine Hoedemakers)
hij geeft haar een zoen
nog een, bedelt ze lachend,
in slowmotion

© Jeanine Hoedemakers

he gives her a kiss
another one, she begs with a smile,
in slowmotion

© Jeanine Hoedmakers (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

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You know that feeling one gets as you see the beer glass tipping toppling over with that last swallow of the nectar from the hops ...

moving 
with chains binding their feet
circus elephants

©  petra domina

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autumn rain

Carpe Diem Special (2nd guest) Kala Ramesh's 5th "with all the stars"


autumn rains
marking the beginning
of a river's life

©  petra domina


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colored leaves

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #1 Teika's first of Ten Tanka Writing Techniques "Mystery and Depth"


movement beneath 
the colored leaves shed
from above
new skin
the color of leaves

©  petra domina

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quill pen

Carpe Diem #1081 Feather pen (or Quill pen)


quill scratching
black words on parchment 
birthing a notion

©  petra domina

Martin Luther nails up his 95 theses on the cathedral door - the act that started the Reformation  Original Illustration from  Martin Luther  by Gustav Freytag, published by The Open Court Publishing Company, 1897 Stock Photo - 17202303
Martin Luther nails up his 95 theses on the cathedral door - the act that started the Reformation Original Illustration from Martin Luther by Gustav Freytag, published by The Open Court Publishing Company, 1897

quill scratching
black words on parchment 
birthing a nation

©  petra domina

The Writing of the Declaration of Independence
source:  http://www.vahistorical.org/
Declaration of Independance Committee

quill
dips in dark waters
circles
faces emerge on
crinkly parchment

©  petra domina
Image result for old masters ink drawings
source:  http://www.spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Master_Drawings_2003.html



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