dVerse Poets: Quadrille

Today De is hosting the pub at dVerse for Quadrille Monday. Her word is “bounce”. Or bouncer, bouncing, bounced, etc. A Quadrille must have exactly 44 words (excluding the title) and the word for the day. I had heard through the years of frozen soap bubbles. I was intrigued. It is 18F today down here in the Sunny South. So I blew soap bubbles. I was so intrigued I did not take pictures. The bubbles were so fragile they only lasted a few second before they shattered anyway. This is also posted on Real Toads In Imaginary Gardens for its Tuesday Platform.

Frozen Bubbles
Sitting on my back steps
blowing bubbles –
It is 18F degrees –
The bubbles freeze.
They lift off my blower –
They float –
and…freeze.
No bouncing on the grass,
no lifting their way to heaven.
a few seconds before they shatter.
Ephemeral beauty – fragile – gone!

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Haiku and Bussokusekika: New year’s Eve

We all know haiku – 5-7-5 (roughly) with seasonal word. The Bussokusekika is even more ancient Japanese form. It was supposedly found etched upon a stone at a ruined Buddhist temple. The name means “footprints of Buddha” and has a 5-7-5-7-7-7 (strict) syllable count. the weather is bitter – the temp for the days to come this week is to be in the mid-20’s. In spite of the cold, I wish you all warmth and joy in the New Year. This is written in response to Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge: #Haikai Challenge #14 (12/30/17): New Year #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #renga #haiga

bitter New Year’s Eve –
stray cats come out of hiding
to eat their fill

the futility
of burning incense – prayers
unanswered ignored
seem to be my fate in this
time of freezing days –
the smoke cannot reach you and
sadness remains – ashes fall
dry tears upon the table

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