Quadrille Monday – Crepe Myrtle

Today Bjorn is hosting at the dVerse Pub and the word he has chosen for the quadrille prompt is “bliss” A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words not including the title. I have achieved my goad and written a haibun of 44 words!!! A haibun is an ancient Japanese poetic form that combines haiku (hai) and prose (bun). It must be factual and have actually happened to you and it must close with a haiku – another ancient Japanese poetic form consisting of 5-7-5 syllables and includes a kigo (season word as in autumn, not salt) and a kireji – a cutting word.  I am also linking this to Real Toads Tuesday Platform  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-tuesday-platform_29.html

Crepe Myrtle

The crepe myrtle this year was spectacular, full of blissful pink flower clusters. Now at the end of summer, there are only a few bits of bloom left.

crepe myrtle blooms fall
on the lawn like faded pink
snow – summer’s ending

copyright kanzensakura


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shawna
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:01:12

    It was particularly bright and full this year; I’ve commented on that as well.

    I really like what you did with the line break after fall, making it sound like she’s showing off autumn early or something. I’ll tell you what, October’s kiss can’t get here fast enough for me! I am so ready for that delicate, romantic death — in a rainbow shawl. 😉


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:02:45

      I love it…like a romantic shawl. I am past ready for fall. I was ready our 30th straight day of 100+ days….


      • Shawna
        Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:08:31

        How do we get it here faster? Tell me what to do, Nature Goddess, and I’ll whip up a concoction or perform an incantation. 🙂


        • kanzensakura
          Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:31:08

          Ha! I am no goddess just a short plump llady who prays every day for snow. Snow makes me crazy blissful.


          • Shawna
            Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:44:09

            Excuse me? I am fully aware that real goddesses are short and plump. External “beauty” is all about the show. Years and ears are where depth (and magic) come/s


            • kanzensakura
              Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:56:34

              🙂 ❤ I just got through telling Glenn that I am a beach ball……


              • Shawna
                Aug 28, 2017 @ 19:00:19

                Like a grandma? Like someone I can’t wait to wrap my arms around? Like delicious squish? 🙂 I don’t know; there’s a solid argument for every single “type” to be perfect. It all depends on who’s looking, and how they’re looking. You know?


                • kanzensakura
                  Aug 28, 2017 @ 19:57:27

                  LOL I don’t know about a grandma,,,but more like a giant plush bunny or panda….I was in Walmart a couple of years ago (my hair turned completely white after I had a bout with cancer) and this woman has this sassy kid wit her who looks at me and says Hi Grandma! I ingnored him. He says again Hi Grandma. I continued on and he yells. I said, Hi Grandma! I fixed him with one of those fire breathing dragon’s look and I say to him, I’m not your damned grandma. He gaped and his mother gasped. I kept walking.


                  • Aug 28, 2017 @ 20:51:36

                    Oh my golly, that is hilarious!!!

                    I was thinking of my favorite people to hug when I said that. I can’t imagine anything better to be than a grandma, even if just in spirit. You know the personality I’m talking about. Loving and wise. That’s what I was trying to convey.

                    When I was still living at home, my baby brother went through this goofy stage where he ALWAYS called me Grandma. It was a bizarre, adorable term of endearment. I was like 15. Neither of us can explain it. We don’t know how it started, but it is a fantastic memory. Thank you for reminding me of that with your dragon-in-a-grocery-store story. 🙂


                    • kanzensakura
                      Aug 29, 2017 @ 14:01:46

                      How funny! You were grandma when grandma wasn’t cool. I know the personality you are talking about. I must confess to not being much of a hugger. I prefer to bake someone a pie rather than hugging them. Although I will pat a friend’s arm when they are upset. They know I am not physically demonstrative with folks not my family and even then, that is rare. I nurture mentally and with baking. I love your tale of your brother and you. That is just beyond cool.

  2. whippetwisdom
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:43:11

    A beautiful haibun Toni and I love the haiku especially. The flowers look so vibrant in your photograph ☺💜 xxx


  3. Glenn Buttkus
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:50:51

    I always consider a haibun as quadrille, but never quite do it. Your haibun so flawless, and haiku so perfect–I believe you have given me the confidence to attempt it. Your personality is so powerful, your spirituality so vast, your wisdom so intriguing, I have difficulty accepting your diminutive status.


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:55:49

      LOL indeed I am only 4″10″ It was hard to do a haibun in 44 words. But I did it!!!! Go for it Glenn. I have faith in you. Just be sure to use the season word in the haiku or it aint a haiku. If you saw me, you would roll on the floor laughing. I am truly a beach ball – round and not very tall. But I bounce! hugs.


  4. whimsygizmo
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 17:57:17

    Ohhhhhhh. I LOVE that “faded pink snow.” Bliss, indeed. 🙂


  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 18:22:16

    So beautifully done, Toni. Our crepe myrtle is happy this year full of blooms but still quite short and round like a beach ball. But beach balls are so beautiful and lovable. I just notice the blossoms.


  6. Grace
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 19:28:19

    What a lovely haibun Toni ~ Love how these fading blooms are like pink snow ~ I am sad at summer’s waning days


  7. Frank Hubeny
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 20:23:36

    I like the description of the fallen blooms as “pink snow”.


  8. Waltermarks
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 20:29:27

    Beautiful Haibun Toni. I didn’t ever think you could do both at the same time. Our crepe Myrtle’s have just started to bloom. Didn’t think they would, but Harvey changed us from Summer back to Spring.


  9. ladynyo
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 20:54:21

    how lovely! We had to cut down our crepe myrtle, dig it up and cut it down….and move it last week to the back where steps and concrete doesn’t impinge on its growth. That’s if it survives. Fallen blooms of pink snow, indeed. The haiku is lovely.


  10. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 22:19:41

    faded pink snow. Yes, I prefer that over the cold, white stuff!


  11. Janice
    Aug 28, 2017 @ 23:41:58

    ‘Like faded pink snow’.. love this image


  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 29, 2017 @ 00:33:43

    Soon there will be some real snow. I love that you made a 44 word haibun


  13. Sumana Roy
    Aug 29, 2017 @ 01:48:59

    Now…that’s a tough task, to get a haibun out of a quadrille. And you did that with such style! Love the ‘faded pink snow’.


  14. kim881
    Aug 29, 2017 @ 03:36:18

    Another plant you’ve introduced me to, Toni! I’m glad you included the photo and I know what crepe myrtle looks like – blissful pink and faded pink snow!
    I am also for autumn mists and colours – scarves, hats, gloves,my Doc Marten boots and thick socks – bring it on!
    I have to go into Norwich this morning to pick up my new glasses and some wool for ‘new baby knitting’ – t’s going to be hard to resist wool for adult size jumpers!


    • kanzensakura
      Aug 29, 2017 @ 13:50:20

      Congratulations! I don’t wear socks – at any time no matter how cold it is. I know. I am weird. I actually wear a light jacket on the coldest of days – I am fine with not much covering being a very hot natured person. I can’t imagine knitting a sweater or anything. I envy you your patience and expertise. But I don’t have the patience for such hands on projects. I’ll poke and arrange when cooking for hours but anything having to do with thread of any kind – no way. I wish the best for your daughter and her baby to be. ❤


  15. sarahrussellpoetry
    Aug 29, 2017 @ 11:05:24

    No crepe myrtle here. Looks gorgeous! With you and Kim, I LOVE the onset of autumn, my favorite season!


  16. mhatter99
    Aug 29, 2017 @ 19:45:25

    Wonderfully done. A gorgeous image.


  17. Imelda
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 00:29:52

    Exquisite haiku.

    I am impressed by your skill – 44 word haibun. Succinct and picturesque at the same time.


  18. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 00:48:41

    Beautifully done. Congratulations!


  19. Brendan
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 05:44:59

    Great metaphor — crepe myrtle petals on the ground like snow, signifying the end of summer. You formed it perfectly.


  20. Kerry
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 10:33:12

    You have captured season’s change with a light touch.


  21. revivedwriter
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 15:21:30

    It’s cool that you made a haibun that was also a quadrille!


  22. Truedesssa
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 17:41:37

    The falling blooms make me sad. I feel summer never really kicked in here and now fall is appearing as summer drifts away!


  23. Magaly Guerrero
    Aug 30, 2017 @ 23:44:51

    Love the imagery of the falling petals, summer dancing towards autumn… I will miss the flowers, but I’m looking forward to the boots.


  24. lillian
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 13:14:42

    First — apologies for verrrrry late reading! Had grandkids from Sunday until last night.
    Ah Toni…..you have a beauty to your writing…….your descriptions bring me bliss!
    Like faded pink snow……..the flower petals transitioning us to the coming season.
    Some day, I would love to visit your gardens and walk in your yard! 🙂


  25. kanzensakura
    Aug 31, 2017 @ 13:16:26

    I know you’ve had your grandkids! What a blissful way to spend your day. It seems you all have had a marvelous time and I know you hated to see them go.


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