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#Haiku Happenings #3: Lize Bard’s latest haiku!

Haiku out of Africa

sun returns and burns ~ the incessant cicada ~ sings the heat away

© Lize Bard

@ Haiku out of Africa

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“Tower Carillons” A Tanka, #SynonymsOnly

#Haiku Happenings #2: Colleen’s latest #tanka for her current #poetry challenge!

Colleen Chesebro✨The Fairy Whisperer✨


Hello! The challenge words this week for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge were “bells and past.” I had a vision of Ebenezer Scrooge in my head that I haven’t been able to shake. Scrooge is my favorite Christmas movie, and I love the theme and lesson.

I’ve been trying to figure out ways to challenge the participants because you’ve all gotten so darn good! I’ve continued on the theme that you can’t use the prompt words except to find synonyms to use in their stead. Fun? I hope so. It sure made me think and choose my words differently.

From what I’ve read, the challenge poetry this week is much more expressive when the poet controls the choice of words. I’ve also sensed the alliteration has changed in your poetry. Bravo, poets. You’ve done well. Synonyms are your friends.

Where does that leave me? Scrambling to keep up with your…

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#Wayback Wednesday: A Celebration #poetry #haibun #poetsunited #imagecurve

Unexpected Feast



All thirty of us sit at folding tables covered in plastic in Oscar’s hot, unfinished basement. Pipes emerge from the boiler in the back corner. One of them runs the length of the basement over our heads.

We eat Mariscara—a paella with lobster in a red sauce sans the rice; barbequed chicken with shoe-string French fries; suckling pig. We drink homemade red table wine, expresso and chock-full-of-nuts French roast; Brandy, port, lager and champagne. All to celebrate Oscar’s fiftieth birthday.

Planned by his wife and oldest daughter, both of whom he hasn’t spoken to for at least a week.

crunch of footsteps
on his snow-covered walkway
silent ride home


first published by Image Curve, January 29, 2015


Photograph by Sebastiaan ter Burg


for Poets United–Midweek Motif–celebration