Ice Prints – tanka 短歌,

icy prints

footprints in the ice
melt and leave no trace behind
impermanent lives
wash down the gutter and merge
becoming one in the sea.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #70

The challenge today was to add on verses to a haiku – a renga.
The original haiku is by our host and evokes a lovely peaceful image:
sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain –
a dog barks (c) © Chèvrefeuille

Uchu no take ni suzume (Sparrows and rain)
sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain –
a dog barks
sparrows play fluttering their
wings chirping joyful rain songs

Utagawa Hiroshige 1797-1858 Sparrows and willows in rain (Uchu no take ni suzume), Polychrome wood block

Utagawa Hiroshige 1797-1858
Sparrows and willows in rain (Uchu no take ni suzume),
Polychrome wood block

 

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:  http://chevrefeuill escarpediem.blogspot.se/2015/01/carpe-diem-tan-renga-challenge-70.html

Orange Cat, Blue Birds – not a tanka

Orange cat, blue birds –
A drama of colors and
Fur and feathers,
Plays out daily. Sam Cat longs
To escape and wreak havoc.
Captured behind glass,
The Cat is a comedic
Display for the birds.
They tweet, hop about and tease.
How irksome! His whiskers twitch.

Ume ga ka 梅が香 Tanka

I walk in moonlit
night guided by sweet wine smell
first plum blossoms of spring most
beautiful of all.

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桜の花 (悟り: tanka

Sakura Satori

spring comes slowly. bloom
sleeps in cluster waiting for
the time to awaken and
glow pink against grey.

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Valentine Snow – tanka

beautiful sweet snow
you said and kissed the flakes from
my face and lips but not as
beautiful as you.

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A Splendiferous Galaxy of Awards…..Gratitude flows

 

You registered on WordPress.com 1 years ago!  Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

 

Okay, this isn’t an award.  it is a computer generated notice.  They haven’t fresh pressed me so they don’t know I am doing good blogging.  .

HOWEVER (ahem)  it is all of you out there who have read my blog, liked, commented…..it is all of you out there in Blogland that share yourselves with others, that give us some of our best moments, that inspire us, make us weep, make us laugh and chortle with delight, inform us, influence us…….and in a large part, that “us” is me.  Yours truly……the very imperfect cherry blossom who strives to be the perfect cherry blossom.   When I started blogging, I wasn’t sure what to expect or where I was going.  Somehow, KanzenSakura has taken a life of her own and has skipped merrily along, sometimes with me, sometimes, apparently when successful, without.

A few weeks ago, a meteor shower of nominations lit my world.  Alas, pneumonia laid me low and so I am later that I wish to be at thanking those shining lights who nominated me.  Here is the amazing part:  no rules.  No link backs, no answering questions……just those precious souls saying, “Here is a garden of awards.  Pick yourself a bouquet.  I know you deserve them all but pick the ones that make your bouquet as special as you.”

So being a good (sometimes, more often than not, naughty) southern girl, I am doing as my mama taught me years ago.  “When folks are nice to you, say Thank You.  and oh yes, pass it along.”

Thank you to:

http://theseeker57.wordpress.com

http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com

http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com

I’m posting the awards I chose.  I am going to mentally go out to Oklahoma and wander around http://el34ax7.wordpress.com/  mom’s pasture and cogitate on this a bit.  I’m going to share.  I may even wander around the lovely land of http://davidemeron.com/ and his amazing sonnets, or scoot around Japan compliments of http://japankharma.wordpress.com/

But wherever I go in my thoughts, I’m going to share these awards in the same spirit as they were given.  I know some of the folks I choose will not accept and that is fine, just you all go visit their site anyway, okay?

Thank you all again.  Words in this case, are insufficient.  I send you all hugs from my heart.

 

So……here is the Splendiferous Bouquet of Awards – Yowzer Y’all…..

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Anata ga inakute totemo samishii desu

You left years ago

Today:  Memories can’t fill

empty arms.  Cold ashes from

White hot passion blow

Like ghosts through my waking dreams.

And the love spans oceans still.
あなたがいなくてとても寂しいです

夏至 (Geshi, Summer Solstice)

 

Rosebud solstice starts

To bloom.  Slowly unfolding

Petal by petal

Then quickening to fullblown

Glory:   golden heart open 

Fragrant sun lights the

Day, zenith hovers peaks, a

Petal drops.  Fragrance fades

Slowly.   Heart begins to dim.

 Rose droops, darkness falls, day ends.

一つ星 Hitotsuboshi – a tanka

 

This is for a fairy tale couple:

 

Fragrant night white moon

Lush magnolia, fairy

Gardenia – stars

Earthbound, reflecting heaven

Breathing love, lighting the night.  

      

white magnolia           gardenia

ニ 短歌 (Two Tanka)

 

 

The sea of grass is

slowly flooding the island

of snow, eroding

away the last vestige of

white.  The tide cannot be stopped.

 

 ニ

Orange cat, blue birds –

A drama of colors and

Fur and feathers,

Plays out daily.  Sam Cat longs

To escape and wreak havoc.

 

Captured behind glass,

The Cat is a comedic

Display for the birds.

They tweet, hop about and tease.

How irksome!   His whiskers twitch.

 

Shades of Grey 短歌

 Early morning mist

Blurs and softens lines with cold

Dark grey hazy veils

Of sumi-e dreams of charcoal

Trees waiting for spring to come.

 

misty trees

 

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