Drop Cares ~ 3 Haiku


Inspired by the prompt at https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com/1

Cherry blossoms drop

Purloined gems, rose amethyst

Tears pink rivulets


Tears drop with Son’s blood

Mary kneeling beneath cross

Third dawn, King rises


Drop Yesterday’s cares

Make room for delivery

Baskets of blessings

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Cherry Blossoms Monoku


Click the link above for another “wow” post from Mick E Talbot, in which he combines an acrostic with the monoku haiku form.  I was unfamiliar with monoku (see links below for definitions and example), but it pricked my interest.

Cherry blossoms fall despite my plea…Stay

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Poetry Definition of Monoku

A haiku in a single horizontal line.


an icicle the moon drifting through it

Matsuo Allard (Bird Day Afternoon, High/Coo Press, 1978)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku_in_English One line (monoku)

The most common variation from the three-line standard is one line, sometimes called a monoku. It emerged from being more than an occasional exception during the late 1970s.

The single-line haiku usually contains fewer than seventeen syllables. A caesura (pause) may be appropriate, dictated by sense or speech rhythm (following the traditional Japanese tradition of a break, marked by the Kireji[19]), and usually little or no punctuation.

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Cherry Blossom Pleased (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 12)

Presenting pleasing poem to serve and satisfy 2 prompts 🙂 :



“…our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like you to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds). This doesn’t mean necessarily limiting yourself to a few consonants or vowels, although it could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense. Need some examples. Here’s Gerard Manley Hopkins showcasing alliteration and assonance on overdrive. And here is a poem with a more restrained approach from Kevin Young.”

So pleased when I perceive

Winter’s at last taken leave

And spring brings pretty

Pale pink petals—cherry

Blossoms I love, long for…

Waiting, watch from window cheery

Rush to welcome at March door.


Then, how grief does grasp my heart…

Too brief, so soon these flowers fall

As wind and rain disdain, and rend apart.

Can’t comprehend this swift, short season

Heralding such lovely healing hopes;

Nor dare divine some copacetic reason

Why spirit sags, succumbs to mourning, mopes.


Perhaps the fear that ne’er again will

Cherry blossoms bloom my way

Remove chill winter’s cast of gray—

Abandon me to abject wan and saddened days.

But what a silly thought to think!

If living here on Earth I may

Not linger—life be just long blink—

Then, beyond horizon in God’s Heaven

He’ll surely have most splendid garden

More magnificent cherry blossom trees.

And when we meet, He’ll hug me, wink—

Say, “beloved, these bloom eternally”.

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Cherry Blossoms (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 5)


“…our prompt for Day Five (as always, the prompt is optional). In honor of Mary Oliver’s work, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.”


Each year when holidays

Are packed away

Drear winter dark descends

Draped ’round me, cape of clouds weighs

Heavy… faith cart must be pushed uphill

But I press on—like barnacles, cling

In perseverance…my reward soon comes


I live for their return

First glimpse of rosy buds, perhaps

An eager flower here and there

I raise blinds high, for in mere days

The petals pop like corn

Pale pink blooms multiply fast

Take over every branch

Blessing, balm on prickly soul

(Such profusion obscures riffraff)

I walk beneath grand canopy

Million blossoms, edge-rippled lacy

Translucent tissue, babe-angel wings

Surely, it is Spring!

Slowly I stroll to pick up mail

Feeling like princess, fairly tale

My eyes gather blooms from every tree

For brief is the season cherry…

When storms, destructive, rudely come

Winds and rain send fluttering

Down, small delicate cherished flowers

But with heartfelt appreciation, they

On ground, a royal carpet lay

That I’ll step silent upon dew-dampened

Graceful sheer pink “snowflakes” drifted…

My heart o’er flows with gratitude

Chilly months’ moody doldrums

Gone…by cherry trees are lifted

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Spring Paints

I learned of a poetry form, the Rictameter, through Linda J Wolff, the author of https://urbanpoetry2017.com/.  Below is an additional link for the form, with specific instructions regarding lines and syllables.


Spring paints

With winter’s rain

Water color pastels

Cherry blossom’s pink mini-lights

Will flourish, then fall pale like different snow

Seasonal patterns ebb, fast flow

Heart’s canvas ripples, drips

Hold brush steady

Spring paints

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Rictameter is a scheme similar to Cinquain. Starting your first line with a two syllable word, you then consecutively increase the number of syllables per line by two. i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Then down again, 8, 6, 4, 2 Making the final line the same two syllable word you began with.


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