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Bobtails, swallow’s breast,

Old man’s beard frosts the trees –

A white autumn.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Wood on the hearth

From pruned cherry tree –

Flames blossom.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Haiku Horizons prompt: Fire

https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/haiku-horizons-prompt-fire/

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Like paper flowers

From a magician’s hands,

First blossoms emerge.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Cherry blossoms

Our ornamental cherries aren’t out yet, unlike Chevrefeuille’s. We’ve hidden Easter eggs wrapped in pink foil among the blossoms in the past but maybe Easter is earlier this year. It’s also my daughter’s 12th birthday today – we still have some paper fans and lanterns hanging up from her party and that’s perhaps what got me thinking about paper flowers.

Bare branches touch

Over the lane where we walk

Fingers entwined.

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Dappled sun on our faces,

We are blind to the shadows.

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(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Written for Writing201: Fingers and the latest Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge.

The goal of the Tan Renga challenge is to write a second stanza of two lines (7-7 syllables) to complete or continue the scene in a 3-line haiku. I had the honour of one of my own haiku being chosen for the challenge this week. But since a tan renga is written by two poets, my extended version is actually a tanka, which follows the same format but is written by only one person.

There are some great tan renga based on my original haiku on the Carpe Diem website, suggesting a wide range of moods – and there are still a couple of days left to have a go at the challenge.

Bare branches touch

Over the lane where we walk,

Fingers entwined.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Written for Carpe Diem: “comparison”. One of the loveliest examples given for us to follow, by Betty Drevniok, was:

a spring nap
downstream cherry trees
in bud

Later in February, my haiku was chosen to be used in the Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge.

Glimpsed through dark trees,

Sun sparkles on water –

A poem half formed.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

(This was inspired partly by the Carpe Diem prompt, Monet’s Poplars on the Epte, and partly by the next day’s prompt, comparison. But mainly I was thinking of the view of the sea through the holm oaks and pine trees a mile or so from my house.)

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