SMOLDERING FIREPLACE

smoldering fireplace
the sweet perfume of burned herbs
loneliness grabs my throat

precious memories scatter
in the valley of ashes

tan renga
Copyright © Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1654 Tan Renga Challenge (1) Smoldering Fireplace

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BREAKFAST

early morning rain
the dry sound inside the cabin
of oatmeal cooking

sweet and succulent this bowl
potent source of nourishment

flood waters crest
someone by the river puts water
in a coffee pot

during metamorphosis
ice morphs to liquid twilight

breakfast coffee
the excitement of an ocean
in my cup

in safe drinking water
colors of a rainbow

pale spring sunshine
spread over breakfast toast
quince jelly

golden-wedded couple
smiling at each other

beating egg yolks
two yellow butterflies
twist in the fog

excessive entanglement
the finest gossamer wings

threads of smoke
breakfast fires of neighbors
tied together

surprised, gracious welcoming
easy camaraderie

renga with Jane Reichhold
Copyright © Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1650 Breakfast (modern kigo)

LIGHTS

dawn’s faint hour
squeezes in heart-run veins
light in every limb

arriving breathlessly
tomorrow’s promises

morning light
the sound of waves
on your sleeping face

there is a hopefulness
among the darkest hours

tides
light comes and goes
as ocean

during the darkest hours
there’s increased restlessness

a range of light
morning colors flow
out of the high Sierras

yesterday’s firey remnants
cacophony of colors

light touching
where only rain goes
trespassing

feinted of direction
the dim light of the stars

without lights
the brightness of a blue sky
full of stars

in the absence of reason
blackness of anger and rage

Renga With Jane
Copyright © Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1640 Light (modern kigo)

SPRINGTIME WITH JANE

rippling grass
wind moves up the hill
light waves

a cycle of escalation
because of the slightest mishaps

forgotten brook
running the centuries down
locked in rock

ecosystem conundrum
under investigation

floating clouds
down from the mountain
a puddle of rain

prevent ants from climbing out
this immovable body

white pussy willows
above a muddy swollen river
fat raindrops

many-legged centipedes
scurrying this way and that

flute melodies
across green ocean waves
spring meadows

hidden in the underbrush
cicada mating signals

beach diamonds
a new day crystallized
in sunny surf foam

that sense of hopelessness
carried off by the tides

renga with…Jane
Copyright © Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #78 Renga With … Jane Reichhold … springtime

BEACH DIAMONDS

beach diamonds
a new day crystallized
in sunny surf foam

yesterday’s frayed newspaper
drifts into the churning seas

white pussy willows
above a muddy swollen river
fat raindrops

flowing down with the river
mountain cottontails scamper

light carried in my arms
apple blossoms from a neighbor
on my doorstep

delicate scent of blossoms
is thrown into the fresh air

Tai Chi on the beach
one gull watches
with outstretched wing

lively squawking collective
conduct mantra meditation

between the fields
a break in the evening mist
three lilac bushes

soft slivers of the blue sky
falling through my fingertips

shades of art deco
lying on the beach
abalone shells

distorted materials
in a collage painting

© Jane Reichhold (extracted from “A Dictionary of Haiku”)

Copyright © Dorna Hainds
tan renga

Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #74 Renga With … Jane Reichhold

FIRST FROST

first frost
when mums start to feel chilly
I get a cotton waist warmer

in the breath of a new dawn
white snowflakes dot my fingers

moon and flowers
the stupidity pricked by a needle
entering the colder season

in the darkness of despair
seek fresh sprouts of greenery

crane and feathers
in a black robe
clouds of flowers

dense monosyllabic shrieks
punctuate cumulus clouds

a traveler’s heart
it also should look like
chinquapin flowers

soaring into the blue sky
promising crisp golden leaves

slowly spring
is making an appearance
moon and plum

gazing the infinite stars
green flowery audience

moon past full
the beginning of a little more
darkness

shivering in dark shadows
young buds pregnant with promise

Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds
tan renga

(C) Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold. Extracted from “Basho, The Complete Haiku”.

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