Quadrille Monday – Kanzen44

Monday is Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub.  Lillian is our pubtender and has given us the prompt of writing our autobiography – in exactly 44 words.  This time there is no prompt word, just us in 44 words. I cheated a bit and used some words that I hyphenated.  Hey!  Exactly 44 words to say who you are?  Yeah, right.  So come to dVerse Poets Pub and find out about some of your favorite poets.  Pub opens at 3:00 pm EST Monday.

South meets East –
Loyal loving daughter-wife-friend
Respecter of ancient tradition
disdainful of Americanized-haiku-tanka-haibun
Tree climber and observer of nature
Swimmer in Amanogawa*
Weaver of words and food
Protector-feeder of innocent and helpless
Follows 10 Commandments and bushido
Lover of cold red sunrises and snow

*Japanese for River of Heaven/Milky Way


copyright kanzensakura Kanzen in the snow 1957

copyright kanzensakura
Kanzen in the snow 1957

60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 14:44:20

    Yes, that is what I know of you. It’s hard enough to really know ourselves but to write about it in 44 words. You have written part one!


  2. Victoria Young
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 15:35:18

    Lovely as a Japanese zen garden!


  3. p.s.
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 15:59:22

    How beautiful. I especially like the last two lines.


  4. Bodhirose
    Jul 31, 2016 @ 22:22:00

    You covered a lot of territory with those few words. Yours seems like rich life, full and meaningful, Toni.


  5. lillian
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 15:03:34

    Hyphenated words allowed! 🙂 LOVE this photo, my friend. And wow — this is a mural you’ve painted for us. So nice to meet you here today! 🙂


  6. Grace
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 15:17:10

    Such a cute picture of you Toni! I smiled at this part:

    Respecter of ancient tradition
    disdainful of Americanized-haiku-tanka-haibun

    An amazing character sketch; so glad to have crossed path with you in this wide world of blogging.


  7. ladyleemanila
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 15:43:24

    nice to meet you! 🙂


  8. petrujviljoen
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 15:56:13

    The last two lines closes the poem well. Red sunsets on snow. To live such an image!


  9. sarahsouthwest
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 16:50:16

    I love your blend of traditions. I have really enjoyed learning more about haiku from you over the last few weeks, feel I know you a little better now. Enjoy your swimming!


  10. Glenn Buttkus
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 17:28:56

    You have always been supportive of my senryu attempts; just another aspect of being an outlaw poet, an ersatz beat, a Zen wannabe–yes, you are the river & I am the waves. I think of those posters I sent that simply called your name; so cool.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:38:58

      You are not a wannabe. Mensch, yes! The posters make me smile muchly. I think we are both a couple of Dharma Bums. went on the road in the truest sense of the words years ago, picking up bits of myself like small stones, shells, petrified wood, flowers. Sleeping under the stars in the desert or curled up on the sand at Big Sur or eating a taco in Noodle Texas, it changes one, helps to bring one home. Crossing the Mississippi, “walking in Memphis”, pulling cotton in Alabama or waiting in a small café in Brooklyn – it all brings one home.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:39:48

      PS and even when I frown at micropoems or senryu instead of the haiku, I still look for the wisdom in them and find it.


  11. Ayala
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 18:15:12

    I love the picture you paint!


  12. jillys2016
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 18:44:02

    Cold red sunrises – such wonderful imagery! Love the picture, too 🙂


  13. Arcadia Maria
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 19:48:35

    Sounds like a person who is living an interesting life.


  14. Walter J. Wojtanik
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 21:03:13

    Superb, Toni! I can see it!


  15. Linda Kruschke
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 21:07:26

    Not surprised you got snow in there! Love this well-rounded portrait.


  16. ghostmmnc
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 21:33:36

    Love your photo! Swimmer in Amanogawa … wonderful line, and it’s meaning! 🙂


  17. purplepeninportland
    Aug 01, 2016 @ 23:17:41

    That last line could melt a heart. Beautiful, Toni!


  18. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 00:18:52

    I enjoyed this, Toni! Especially
    Respecter of ancient tradition
    disdainful of Americanized-haiku-tanka-haibun
    –me, too, which is why I don’t often write them!


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:27:17

      Thank you Dr. Howe. I’ve been writing them for 40+ years and still trying to get them right. I suppose that is why I get so annoyed at newbies who just throw out a micropoem and ignore the rules and traditions around them without respect.


  19. Sumana Roy
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 00:40:51

    I could see you there in your lines & “Lover of cold red sunrises and snow”, is a keeper…and what a cutie pie you were! most beautiful…


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:29:19

      Thank you Sumana. I was truly a cute kid but mouthy, LOL. I always get up super early in winter to watch the sunrises. I especially love the reflections of them when there is snow on the ground.


  20. Mish
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 00:46:57

    This is like a treasure box of you. I did smile about the haiku….and I love that you are so passionate about that.


  21. kim881
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 03:47:15

    I love that last line, Toni, and the ‘weaver of words and food’ – I have a wonderful image of you weaving bread plaits in a warm kitchen with cats and books around you.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:24:24

      Thank you Kim. I wish I did still have my cat. I had to have him euthanized last October due to a large tumor on his heart. It is still hard without him. but books and cooking….love it!


  22. georgeplace2013
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 07:06:21

    “Follows 10 Commandments and bushido” I was really drawn to that, hmmmm. I like


  23. Bryan Ens
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 08:41:48

    A great snapshot here! Love the boot about “tree climber” – and based on previous poems of yours, I believe it!


  24. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 08:57:30

    What a fascinating person! 🙂


  25. Imelda
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 12:57:29

    I did notice from your haibun prompts that you stick to the traditional haiku. 🙂 Thanks for adding to the picture f you.


  26. freyathewriter
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 14:55:54

    A heady mix of cultures! I love your photo 🙂


  27. Josslyn Rae Turner
    Aug 02, 2016 @ 15:19:45

    The little girl in the picture is still present and full of life.


  28. Magaly Guerrero
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 08:43:56

    Oh goodness, I guess I’ve tortured you with my haiku and haibun in the past (without knowing)!


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