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"One Thousand Cranes"


Chapter 1
Wind in the Reeds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Ekphrastic poem is inspired by a picture or work of art



wind in the reeds 

lures bellflowers’ susurrus —

her tussled hair 


 

Author Notes KIGO -wind in the reeds stands for the autumn season

Susurrus-- is a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper

Bellflower is a perennial flower native to East Asia


HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org


Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy


Chapter 2
Geisha Crosses Lake

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


geisha crosses lake

amidst jasmine-scented breeze —

precious cargo



 

Haiku was invented in the 17th century in Japan. It's one of the most famous poetic forms in the world.

Writing HAIKU can help you become a better writer. Haiku are imagistic short poems and thus you must seek the best descriptive words you can find because you have only 17 syllables or less to convey the essence of a moment in time.

 

Traditional Japanese haiku contains 17 onji, or syllables. Haiku written in other languages may be shorter... 17 syllables or LESS.
 
Haiku Master, Matsuo Basho's famous haiku is 5/7/5 Japanese syllables but the translation to English is 3/4/5 syllables...
 
Furu ike ya (5)
kawazu tobikomu (7)
mizu no oto (5)
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an old pond! (3)
a frog jumps in- (4)
the sound of water (5)
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Traditional haiku also contains a kigo (a season word) to indicate in which season the haiku is set; so you don't have to spell out: summer, autumn, winter, and spring... just words that represent them. For example --cherry blossoms for spring, 4th of July for summer, harvest moon for autumn, snow for winter.  Google these sites for kigo: "kigo Wikipedia" and "the five hundred essential Japanese season words" 

EXERCISES:

Choose a season for your haiku and begin brainstorming at least 6 words connected to this season. 
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Write a haiku draft and use the thesaurus to find the best words to express what you want to convey.  Word choice is a key element of successful poetry writing.  Using a thesaurus will help you build your vocabulary.  Google this one: "powerthesaurus.org"

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source: Creative Educator

 

Author Notes KIGO: spring, when jasmine bloom

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org

picture from pinterest.com

Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy


Chapter 3
His Secrets Bind Her

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


his secrets bind her

with the mark of concubine

she’ll not bear his kids 

nor shall host parties for friends —

she awaits in penumbras


 

Author Notes Penumbras= darkness, shadows

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, 1,200 years ago. It can embrace all emotions of love, pity, suffering, loneliness, or death. Tanka is succinct and may not exceed 31 syllables in this format (5/7/5/7/7) but it can be LESS than 31 syllables in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are not the same. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. Alliteration should be avoided or used sparingly. A pivot line, usually on the third line, can be read sensibly with lines 1 and 2, and also sensibly with lines 4 and 5, a property that can be used to introduce ambiguity and resonance into the poem. for rules click here

artwork: Chie Yoshii

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 4
Drunken Bee

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


drunken bee

stumbles out of peony 

into a wagon


 

Author Notes When you 'fall off the wagon', you go back to drinking alcohol in large quantities after having abstained from it for a while.

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. The poem is written in three lines with 17 syllables and 5/7/5 form. English haiku doesn't have to be 5/7/5, just 17 syllables OR LESS and as brief as possible. Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause a moment of introspection.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org

Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy

Artwork: Fukuda Suiko-No

Nectar: A delicious drink. In classical mythology, nectar was the life-giving drink of the gods, and ambrosia their food. The term was transferred to any delicious beverage in the sixteenth century.


Chapter 5
Dusk Kisses Peonies

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes



dusk kisses peonies

with the last light of day —

tucked in for the night


 

Author Notes Peonies are plants or shrubs that have large, showy flowers. It's the state flower of Indiana. Most peonies thrive in cold climates.

Contemporary Haiku: has one to four lines, 17 syllables or LESS. No rhymes. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. The essence of haiku is the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash or ellipsis (~ .... ) Images are taken from human nature or nature.

the haiku foundation.org
source: Modern Haiku.org

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 6
Glorious Blue Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of language.




 

Author Notes Sea urchins are spiky little creatures with sharp teeth and tiny feet to move around. They are usually found on reefs or seagrass, but if they are washed ashore, their spines are usually broken off along the way.

Senryu is a Japanese short poetic form similar to haiku but focuses on human nature and it doesn't require a season word (kigo). It's written in 17 syllables OR LESS. It can be satirical or humorous; also it can be serious, about misfortunes, hardships, and woe of humanity. It goes back to late 18th century Japan.
source: wikipedia
collection of senryu

Thank you very much for reading my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 7
Flower Moon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Ekphrastic poem is inspired by a picture or work of art


flower moon
balances on cherry blossoms —
boughs bounce in the breeze


 

Author Notes KIGO Spring (cherry blossoms)

Contemporary Haiku: one to four lines, 17 syllables or LESS. No rhymes. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. These poems utilize a caesura (pause) The essence of haiku is cutting (KIRU) represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a (KIREJI) dash or ellipsis (~ .... ) Images are taken from human nature or nature.

Here is an example:

in the woodpile
the broken ax handle

the haiku foundation.org
source: Modern Haiku.org

May's full Flower Moon reaches peak illumination at 7:14 A.M. (EDT) on Wednesday, May 26.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 8
Scattered White Blossoms

By Gypsy Blue Rose

scattered white blossoms

where car and bike collided —

flower basket by her side

Author Notes This poem is fictional but on Saturday I was in a car accident. Made me think about the fragility of life.

KATAUTA is a Japanese poem that follows a 5/7/7 syllable count and form. more information about Sedoka and Katauta

In 1912, the people of Japan sent more than 3,000 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. They were planted in Washington, DC.

The significance of the cherry tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. The blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. Though pages of haiku can be read in a few moments, a quick read doesn√???√??√?¬¢??t do these little gems justice. A haiku is kind of like having a tiny diamond in your hand as opposed to, say, a huge chunk of quartz. Examine√???√??√?¬¢?√???√??√?¬¶see what meaning you can find.

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 9
Spring Haiku

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Haiku Club, please check my author notes


springtime —

angel trumpets blossom 

to the rhythm of life


 

Author Notes Angel Trumpets species are amongst the most toxic of ornamental plants

EKPHRASTIC POEM It's a vivid description of a picture or a painting.

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. The poem is written in three lines with 17 syllables and 5/7/5 form. English haiku doesn't have to be 5/7/5, just 17 syllables OR LESS and as brief as possible. Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause a moment of introspection.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org

Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy


Chapter 10
Old Teapot Waits

By Gypsy Blue Rose


old teapot waits

for grandma's tender hands —

long after she's gone


Chapter 11
Overgrown Weeds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

Author Notes Haiga is a style of Japanese painting that incorporates the aesthetics of haiku. They are typically painted by haiku poets but in the Western countries, it's written on a picture. for more information click here I use two computer programs: PAINT and IMAGESHACK.COM

I adjusted the haiku syllable count to accommodate the HAIGA poem.

overgrown weeds
cover his vacant backyard ~
ivy in grandpa's boot

4/7/6 syllabus

Thank you very much for reading my haiga haiku. It's this week's event in our Haiku Club. If you would like to join the club click here


Chapter 12
Book of Love Poems

By Gypsy Blue Rose


book of love poems

holds your precious flowers —

pages soaked in tears

Author Notes Senryu is a Japanese short poetic form similar to haiku but focuses on human nature and it doesn't require a season word (kigo). It's written in 17 syllables OR LESS, usually in three lines. It can be satirical or humorous; on the other side, it can be serious expressing misfortunes, hardships, and woe of humanity. It goes back to late 18th century Japan.
source: wikipedia
collection of senryu

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 13
Bevy of Doves

By Gypsy Blue Rose



bevy of doves

dilly dally by clear creek —

killing thyme



 
 

Author Notes A group of doves is called: bevy, cote, flight, dule

doves eat fresh thyme among other things

Contemporary Haiku: one to four lines, 17 syllables or LESS. No rhymes. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. These poems utilize a caesura (pause) The essence of haiku is cutting (KIRU) represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a (KIREJI) dash or ellipsis (~ .... ) Images are taken from human nature or nature.

Here is an example:

in the woodpile
the broken ax handle

the haiku foundation.org
source: Modern Haiku.org

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 14
Dead Flowers

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Haiku Club, please check my author notes



dead flowers embrace 

earth in last gesture of love —

seedlings wait for spring



 

Author Notes Fiction

JISEI HAIKU (death poem), is a genre of Japanese poetry that offers a reflection on the imminent death of the author. Please, focus on nature, try to free your mind from all you know about death from our Western World notion. Jisei originated in Zen Buddhism. It uses metaphoric references such as sunsets, autumn, or falling cherry blossom that suggest the transience of life. Jisei is a farewell poem to life to see source click here *** to see source click here ***** The poem's structure is 5/7/5 or LESS. Jisei Haiku poems are typically graceful, natural, and emotionally neutral.

If you would like to join our Haiku Club, please click on the CLUBS link and look for the haiku club. You may send me a message if you need help or have questions.

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 15
Moonbeam

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


Moonbeam sneaks through my window 

entwined in a cold breeze

and jasmine’s musky fragrance

reminiscent of mom’s scent —

I drown in wistfulness

 

Author Notes KANSHI POEM refers to works by Japanese poets written in classical Chinese during the Tang Dynasty in the Heian Era (794-1185), Kanshi is written in 5 to 7 syllables and 4 to 8 lines. KANSHI RESOURCES: wikipedia ****** Tokyo Weekender ****** Simply Haiku ******

This week's event for the Japanese Poetry Club is KANSHI POEMS. If you would like to join the club, Click Here and Click on Japanese Poetry Club

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 16
Last Goodwill Boxes

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 


last goodwill boxes

of mom’s things on wet sidewalk —

smell of winter rain


 


 

Author Notes HUMANITY HAIKU focuses on humanity kigo (season word) not to be confused with Senryu that doesn't have a Kigo. It's a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org


Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy


Artwork by Itsendy Deh


Chapter 17
Praying Mantis

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


praying mantis 

eats her mate after sex —

pregnant craving



 

Author Notes Praying mantises are ferocious carnivore predators insects that eat crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, butterflies, beetles, frogs, leafhoppers, caterpillars, mosquitoes, lizards, hummingbirds, and other praying mantises. Most female mantises eat the males after mating. In nontropical places, they mate in the fall.

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org


Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy



Chapter 18
Fireflies Sparkle

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:A Group of Fireflies is called a Sparkle (for rules, please check my author notes)


fireflies sparkle 

flutter amidst dewy reeds —

blossoms in the spotlight

 

 

Author Notes A group of fireflies is called a light posse or a sparkle.

KIGO spring for blossoms

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org


Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy

picture from pinterest


Chapter 19
Cold Dew Glistens

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


cold dew glistens

by the light of the moon —

egret takes flight

Author Notes KIGO 'dew' for autumn list of kigo words

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org


Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy

picture from pinterest


Chapter 20
Sudden Summer Storm

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


sudden summer storm

casts gray veil over the garden —

rain-soaked white gown

Author Notes Contemporary Haiku: has one to four lines, 17 syllables or LESS. No rhymes. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. The essence of haiku is the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash or ellipsis (~ .... ) Images are taken from human nature or nature.

the haiku foundation.org
source: Modern Haiku.org

Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy

picture from deviantart.com


Chapter 21
Orange Fire Daisies

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


 

orange fire daisies

on her fawn-shade kimono —

harvest moon

 




 

Author Notes Fawn is a shade of beige. Fire is a shade of orange.

This week we are learning about HUMANITY HAIKU. click here to find the haiku club


KIGO: harvest moon for autumn

Humanity Haiku category focuses on aspects of human beings. It's not to be confused with Senryu which doesn't have a kigo (season word) Humanity kigo list includes: clothes; food and beverages; work and school; sports; recreation; the arts; illness; travel; communications; and moods. click here to see List of Kigo

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America *** HaikuWorld.org

My haiku was inspired by a painting by Otake Aya (Ekphrastic)

Thank you very much for your review and your valuable time,

Gypsy


Chapter 22
Living The Dream

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Bright scarlet ibis, 

swept up by silver moonlight, 

onto wishful sky.

Dueling creatures of the night, 

sing sweet symphonies, 

to lull maiden into dreaming,

of faraway lands. 

Where bright scarlet ibis fly, 

among beautiful maidens. 


 

Author Notes This week's event in the Japanese Poetry Club is to write a CHOKA. It's a form of Japanese court poetry of the 6th to 14th century consisting of (5-7 5-7 5-7- 5-7-7) syllables pattern. There are other variants of this pattern but I will keep it simple for this event. It was composed mainly to commemorate public events The total length of the poem is indefinite.

Artwork by chie-yoshii

Thank you very much. I appreciate that you took the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy hugs


Chapter 23
Gaze at Clear Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose


gaze at clear sky 

as I lie on lavender,

entwined in heaven scent 

Author Notes Contemporary Haiku: has one to four lines, 17 syllables or LESS. No rhymes. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. The essence of haiku is the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash or ellipsis (~ .... ) Images are taken from human nature or nature.

the haiku foundation.org
source: Modern Haiku.org

Watercolor by Andrea Fettweis, Parfum de la Provence

Thank you very much . I appreciate that you took the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy hugs


Chapter 24
The Last Light of Day

By Gypsy Blue Rose



the last light of day 

drenches golden blades of wheat —

obscured miracle 


 

Author Notes Obscure miracle as in a beautiful sunset in a dark night or as in not seen by human eyes but still beautiful.

5/7/5 poem is similar to haiku but has different rules. 5/7/5 poem's rules are simple: syllables count and grammatically connected lines.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 25
Calla Lilies

By Gypsy Blue Rose


 

pink calla lilies 
gently catch April raindrops
from lush cotton candy clouds

 

 

Author Notes 5/7/7 katuata for the 3 lines contest
KATAUTA is an unrhymed Japanese form consisting of 19 syllables with a 5/7/7 pattern. They are usually humorous but don't have to be. A pair of Katauta is called a sedoka. click here for more info

Thank you very much for your review

Gypsy


Chapter 26
Slanted Moonbeams

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

 

slanted moonbeams

bathe the empty nursery —

dreams not carried to term


 

Author Notes Fictional

SENRYU is a Japanese poetic form similar to haiku but focuses on human nature and it doesn't require a season word (kigo). It's written in 17 syllables OR LESS. No rhymes but alliteration, personification, metaphor, etc ... are okay. It can be humorous or serious. It goes back to late 18th century Japan. *** source: wikipedia *** collection of senryu

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 27
Gnarled Hands

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Gnarled hands hold the book of poems
      her husband wrote for her years ago. 

She keeps his last red rose
      between its worn yellow pages.

The petals’ scent preserved
      amidst the rhythm of his words.

Author Notes Fictional

SIJO is a traditional three-line Korean poetic form written in three lines, each averaging 14-16 syllables. Each line is written in four groups of syllables that should be clearly differentiated from the other groups, yet still, flow together as a single line.
The syllables count are an average of 14 to 16 syllables:
--The first line is written in (approximately) 3-4-4-4 states the theme of the poem
--The second line is (approximately) 3-4-4-4 is an elaboration of the first line's theme
--The third line is divided into two sections.
--The first section is (approximately) 3-5 counter-theme
--the second part is (approximately) 4-3 conclusion
The counter-theme is called the 'twist,' which is usually a surprise in meaning, sound, or another device.


Chapter 28
Skipping Stones With Dad

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


as sun shimmers over warm lake, I reminisce —
skipping stones with dad

now, I watch him struggle to breathe in ICU —
my heart skips a beat



 

Author Notes 12/5 POEM - a new form created by Gypsy Blue Rose. The poem is inspired by Japanese poetry. It's imagistic and intuitive. In the first line (12 syllables) write a visual phrase about nature or human nature. In the second line write a juxtaposition pivotal phrase in relation to the first line. You may write one stanza of 12/5 alone or repeat as many times as you like.

If you would like to join the Haiku Club click here and look for it on the list of clubs. Let me know if I can help.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 29
Tableau (Outside the Airport)

By Gypsy Blue Rose


outside the airport

Taliban soldiers

push Afghan allies

back into stone age —

women disappear

beneath blue burkas

 

Author Notes TABLEAU, is a poetry form created by American poet, Emily Romano in October of 2008, consists of one or more verses, in 6 lines and 5 syllables per line. It can be rhymed or free verse The title should contain the word tableau. The word tableau means picture or representation, a picture should come to mind as the poem is read.

The Taliban is a religious-political movement and military organization in Afghanistan, regarded by multiple governments and organizations as terrorists.

The Taliban have been condemned internationally for the harsh enforcement of their interpretation of Islamic law, which has resulted in the brutal treatment of many Afghans. While the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, they banned activities and media including paintings, photography, and movies. They also prohibited music using instruments. The Taliban prevented girls and young women from attending school, banned women from working jobs outside of healthcare (male doctors were prohibited from treating women), and required that women be accompanied by a male relative and wear a burqa at all times when in public. If women broke certain rules, they were publicly whipped or executed.

The Fall of Kabul was the capture of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, by Taliban forces on 15 August 2021. It was the culmination of a military offensive that began in May 2021 against the Afghan government. The capture took place hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Most of the provincial capitals of Afghanistan had fallen in succession in the midst of a US troop withdrawal that started on 29 February 2020 and is projected to be completed by 31 August 2021. Wikipedia


Chapter 30
Destitute

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

DESTITUTE


Morning 

gray fog lingers, 

thick and wet in silence,

witness of life’s inequities —

in tears.

Author Notes AMERICAN CINQUAIN is inspired by Japanese haiku and tanka, is akin in spirit to that of the *Imagists. The form is five lines with 22 syllables count in a pattern of 2/4/6/8/2. The title is used as the sixth line. It's usually unrhymed but it can be rhymed and about any subject. It was created by American poet, Adelaide Crapsey in 1915. Her cinquain depends on the strict structure and intense imagery to communicate a mood or feeling. more information

*Imagism was a movement in early-20th-century American poetry that favored precision of imagery and clear, sharp language, very much as haiku and tanka. more information


Chapter 31
Lying on Damp Sheets

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Lying on damp sheets
stained with loneness and bad wine
as street cats in heat
meow unashamedly outside  —
we both yearn for a good catch 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Paintings by Ikenaga Yasunari

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 32
Gusty Bay Wind

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes




gusty bay wind
hums through sand reeds —
tree's standing ovation




 

Author Notes Aeolian ( ee-oh-lee-uhn wind is the sound produced by wind when it encounters an obstacle.

Standing Ovation (oh-vey-shuhn) = an enthusiastic reception marked by loud applause.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's ego and views. FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines (5/7/5), in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don't need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum.
HAIKU SOURCES -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

KIGO for wind is spring

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Chapter 33
Winter Wind

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


May winter winds 
carry my ashes across 
blue oceans and sky, 
so when my children look for me, 
they’ll find me in the clouds and seas.

I’ll be shining 
with the summer sun, 
and with the harvest moon, 
on dew dripping down 
spring cherry blossoms. 

Most of all,
I’ll be in my children’s hearts, 
till the end of time.



 

Author Notes Jisei is a poem written in zen style by the poet before their own death. These poems reflect the final reflections of one's life. It was generally a tradition with zen monks but were written by poets as well. These poems originated in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures as far back as the 7th Century, and can be written in any poetry form, but were traditionally written in tanka or haiku style. for more information click here
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Chapter 34
Fasten to Symphony

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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fasten to symphony
oriver’s rushing life  —
my soul moves on

 

Author Notes This poem is based on the Zen philosophy because jisei poems were created by zen monks. Life and Death are one, a continuum, and they are not separated and there is no dividing line between them.

Jisei is a poem written by the poet before their own death. These poems reflect the final reflections of one's life. It was generally a tradition with zen monks but was written by poets as well. These poems originated in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures as far back as the 7th Century, and can be written in any poetry form, but were traditionally written in tanka or haiku style. for more information click here
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TWO EXAMPLES:

Holding back the night
with it's increasing brilliance
the summer moon.
---Written by Yoshitoshi.
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On a journey, ill;
my dream goes wandering
over withered fields
--written by Matsuo Basho

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Chapter 35
After the Funeral

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


after the funeral,
girl embraces mom’s nightgown —
scent of yearning


 

Author Notes SENRYU is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku is written in 3 lines with 17 syllables OR LESS in a shot/long/short form. Senryu tends to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature. Senryu doesn't include a kigo (season word).

for more information click here

collection of senryu

The Haiku Foundation of America

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Picture by Fazlur Rahman


Chapter 36
Lady Jasmine

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:New Poetic Form created by Gypsy Blue Rose


Tell me about the charm, 
      of elms promenade, 
with their branches swaying, 
      to breeze’s rhythm. 
As the clear creek whispers 
      beneath the old bridge. 

Nearby, Lady Jasmine 
      wears white gardenias, 
that drizzle their sweet scent,
      midst her ample breast, 
bouncing to the rhythm 
      of hypnotic hips. 

 







 

Author Notes SYLLABIC SEXTET is a six-line stanza that consists of 6/5/6/5/6/5 syllables form. It never rhymes and the lines are grammatically connected. Any subject. Poetic devices are allowed: Imagery, metaphor, personification, simile. Stanzas may be repeated as many times as desired. Created by Gypsy Blue Rose.

-- Sextet means any group or set of six.
-- Painting by Stephen Mackey, A Scented Mourner

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Chapter 37
Dark Evening

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for cinquain-tanka new contest

In this dark evening,
      even moonflowers
      hide from summer rain,
lulled by creek’s whispers, 
      and heron’s roh-rohs.

 



 

Author Notes -- The personification of moonflowers is allowed with Cinquain Tanka

-- Moonflower is a night-blooming flower

--Herons, during breeding, greet their partner with squawking roh-roh-rohs when arriving at the nest.

CINQUAIN-TANKA is a combination of a cinquain poem and a tanka. It's written using 5 lines with 5 syllables on each line. "Cinq" is French for the number 5. Tanka is a Japanese poem with five lines too. I created this new poem form. It never rhymes. You can use any subject.

Line one: 5 syllables
Line two: 5 syllables
Line tree: 5 syllables
Line four: 5 syllables
Line five: 5 syllables

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Chapter 38
Cicada Sonata

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

 

Enveloped in pain
and wretched remembrance, 
while bathed in darkness, 
with my cicada-companions, 
and their solace sonata.







 

Author Notes Sonata is a musical composition for one or two instruments

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 39
Mediterranean

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Mediterranean,
      where my childhood 
      still plays on your beach,
      hiding behind the reeds,
      where my first love sleeps.

I carry your light and scent,
      
and piled on your sand,
      I keep memories,
      of love, sorrow, and games,

      as you come close ... 
      and then go away.


You haunt my dreams like a man,
      soaked in Old Spice and breeze,
      who I miss and need.

            again

                  and

                       again

And when the grim reaper,
      comes looking for me,
      push my boat into the sea,
      and let the stormy winds,
      thrust my white wings,
      between the beach and the sky.
     
      b
            e
                  c
                        a
                              u     
                                   s
                                        e …

I was born in the Mediterranean.


 

Author Notes I was born in Spain near the Mediterranean Ocean.

FREE VERSE is an open form of poetry, which in its modern form arose through the French vers libre form. It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any musical pattern. It thus tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech.

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Chapter 40
After He Left

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


walks on our beach
after you left —

breaking waves

 

Author Notes SENRYU is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku is written in 3 lines with 17 syllables OR LESS in a shot/long/short form. Senryu tends to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature. Senryu doesn't include a kigo (season word).

for more information click here

collection of senryu

The Haiku Foundation of America

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Chapter 41
Wherever You Go

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:New Form created by Gypsy Blue Rose


beyond the beyondness, 
jagged clouds trudge along, 
with weeping drizzle rain,
falling haphazardly, 

over thirsty mountains,
and dried up plump-top trees.


 

 

Author Notes Haphazardly = Randomly

Jagged clouds are called Stratocumulu, gray and white low-level patches lined up in rows or spread out with light drizzle of rain.

SIX FEET UNDER is a new form created by Gypsy Blue Rose. It consists of six lines with six syllables in each line. Lines connect grammatically. Never rhymes. Any subject. Any Title. Six feet under is a phrase used for dead and buried.

Line 1: 6 syllables
Line 2: 6 syllables
Line 3: 6 syllables
Line 4: 6 syllables
Line 5: 6 syllables
Line 6: 6 syllables

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Chapter 42
Twenty-Five Hundred

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:In Honor of the Ukrainians and Worldwide Mercenaries Soldiers Fighting the Russians


Two Neptune missiles  
charged in the dismal Black Sea
 

hit Russian Moskva 
aiming to sink fast and deep
 

with sailors and all  
into the ocean, was sunk 

twenty-five hundred 
soldiers that never gave up 

they stood for freedom  
willing to die for their land 

they had fought so well 
avoiding the jaws of death

where life is true hell 
as brave soldiers plunged ahead 

twenty-five hundred 
souls stood for bombed motherland 

mid childless mothers 
and dead men with bounded hands 

in the raped seaports 
the hazy ashen smoke rose
 

swallowed Russians horde 
that killed many valiant men
 

who were outnumbered
but all with honor did fight



 


 

 

Author Notes *It's hard to tell how many Ukrainian soldiers have died because many have disappeared.

"Half a league, half a league/Half a league onward/All in the valley of Death/ Rode the six hundred/Forward, the Light Brigade!/Charge for the guns!/he said/Into the valley of Death/ Rode the six hundred....." --The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson -- click here to read the complete poem

My poem was inspired by the Russia and Ukraine War of 2022 and the similarities with the Crimean War of 1853 to 1856. for more info on Crimean War click here

The Russian soldiers' siege of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol has culminated in the last stand by 2,500 Ukrainian troops, including 400 foreign mercenaries, who are outnumbered six to one. Regardless, the brave Ukrainian soldiers vow to fight to the end and not surrender. Recently, the Ukrainian troops sunk Russia's most important warship, the Moskva. Russians didn't take it well. to read the New York Times article click here

The CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE on October 25, 1854, was a disastrous British cavalry charge against heavily defended Russian troops at the Battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War (1853-56). The suicidal attack was made famous by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his 1855 poem of the same name.
Poem: The Charge of the Light Brigade BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
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JIYU-SHI (means freestyle) is a Japanese freestyle poetry introduced to American poetry between 1912 to 1926. The only rule is to write in 5/7 stanzas, you can write as many stanzas as you like. I recommend keeping complete thoughts in each line and connecting the lines grammatically for excellent flow. click here to read more

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Chapter 43
Gray Smoke in the Horizon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


gray smoke in the horizon –  
      thoughts of … ‘men can’t cry’  

irritated eyes tear up – 
      as soldiers advance 

a mother howls from anguish – 
      that come from her gut

bloody fingers from digging – 
      a grave for her son 


 

Author Notes The soldiers mentioned in the poem are Ukrainians

WARNING is very hard to watch

A few weeks ago, I watched a video that made me cry so hard. I don't think I will ever forget it. The picture is of Iryna Kostenko, a heartbroken Ukrainian mother from Kyiv, buried her son, Oleksei, 27, in their garden who was gunned down by Russian forces. She told BBC News: "The pain is so bad. Now I'm all alone. My son was young, 27 years old. He wanted to stay alive. I covered the grave with a blanket to protect it from the dogs. He isn't in a coffin, I had to roll him in a carpet. I lost everything."

IMAYO is an 8 -lines Japanese poem that has 7 syllables on the first line and 5 syllables on the second line (7/5). There is a caesura ( pause ~ ) between the first 7 syllables line and the final 5 syllables line (7~5). With IMAYO you can use any subject. It never rhymes.
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Chapter 44
~ Bevy of Doves ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Bevy of doves perched  
      on sweet wisteria boughs  


as cool spring rain drips
      o
ver the old man’s garden

where he sits daily  
      to reminisce about life 

and his sweet, Jasmine
      the love of his life, now dead
     
but not departed 

      she lives in fragrant flowers
 

the laughter of kids 
      and love in his beating heart

 



 

Author Notes Wisteria is a flower native to Asian countries but found around the world. Some species are popular ornamental plants that grow in late Spring or early Summer. Wisteria brachybotrys "Shiro-Beni" Smells sweet but other species smell bad.

Bevy - a group of doves

Painting by Kawase

JIYU-SHI is a Japanese freestyle poetry introduced to American poetry between 1912 to 1926. You write 5 syllables on the first line and 7 syllables on the second lines ( 5/7 stanzas), you can write as many stanzas as you like. Never rhymes. Keep complete thoughts in each line and connect the lines grammatically.

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Chapter 45
In Your Absence

By Gypsy Blue Rose



In your absence,
I hold on to the moonlight,
that covers my flesh,
with dreamy silver stardust,
to quell my yearning till tonight.





 

Author Notes Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 46
Frosted Dew Glistens

By Gypsy Blue Rose

frosted dew glistens

by the light of hunter moon —

white egret takes flight


 

 

 

Author Notes Hunter Moon = This moon happens in October when the game is fattened up for winter. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long months ahead.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or not direct words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet's ego and views. FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don't need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum ..

HAIKU SOURCES -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

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Chapter 47
* Murder of Crows *

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


Murder of crows caw,
      on bared bough, overseeing
the old farmer’s crops.
      Ripe with sour sweat and worries,
after reaping grains,
      before hungry crows descend.

 



 

Author Notes A murder of crows is a group of crows.

Crows are members of the family of ravens, magpies, and blue jays. Loud, rambunctious, and very intelligent, crows are most often associated with fear and loathing. They are considered pests by farmers. Many people fear them because of their black feathers and are often associating them with death. But research demonstrated that crows are actually very social and caring creatures, and also among the smartest animals on the planet. Crows can talk in the same way as parrots do, they are pretty good at mimicking human speech.

JIYU-SHI is a Japanese freestyle poetry introduced to European and American poetry between 1912 to 1926. The only rule is to write in 5/7 stanzas, you can write as many stanzas as you like. I recommend keeping complete thoughts in each line and connecting the lines grammatically for excellent flow. click here to read Wikipedia, you have to scroll down to Modern and Contemporary section towards the end)

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Chapter 48
Empty Promises

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Per Monostich rules, the title is different than the poem but offers better understanding



Empty Promises 

 
she throws their golden bands into the lake and water rings ripple into eternity







 

Author Notes Monostich is a poem that is only one line.

The title often plays an important part in the poem since the poem itself is so short.

Some one line poems can be read as one unbroken line without forced pauses or pauses as with one-line haiku.

Monostich was created in Russia in 1894 and Modern Monostich in North America in the 1970s. American haiku masters, William Higginson demonstrated that haiku is similar to the monostich form. click here to read wikipedia = read here to read simply haiku, monostich samples

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Chapter 49
The Last Thing I Do

By Gypsy Blue Rose


may the last thing 
I do in life 
be to watch 
the sunset in your eyes 



 

 

Author Notes JISEI is a poem written by the poet before their own death. These poems are the final reflections of one's life. It was generally a tradition with zen monks but they were written by all kinds of poets as well. These poems originated in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures as far back as the 7th Century, and can be written in any poetry form, but were traditionally written in tanka or haiku style. for more information click here = for more information click here

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

picture from google's public domain


Chapter 50
Zig Zag Creek

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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zig zag creek 

meanders through lush forest –

fluid choir

 


 

Author Notes ---This week in our Haiku Club we are working on Ekphrastic Haiku.

---Ekphrastic is a poem inspired by a picture or painting.

---HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet√¢??s views, the poet is the OBSERVER.

FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don√¢??t need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum...

HAIKU SOURCES
CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

picture from pinterest.com

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Chapter 51
Flying High

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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Flying high 
over the highest mountains — 
my soul soars with eagles,

leaving behind 
withered fields.





 

 

Author Notes In Japan, the eagle is a symbol of the great power of nature that has existed since ancient times.

For Native Americans, the eagle is a symbol of honor, bravery, and mystical powers.

JISEI can be written in haiku or tanka form. This one is a Modern Tanka is 31 syllables or less in five lines

JISEI is a Japanese poem written by the poet before their own death. These poems reflect the final reflections of one's life. It was generally a tradition with zen monks but were written by poets as well. These poems originated in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures as far back as the 7th Century, and can be written in any poetry form, but were traditionally written in tanka or haiku style. for more information click here ====== for more information click here

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Chapter 52
Seeing Through Cracks of Gold

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes


mirror reflects
imperfections she cuddles 
in her broken heart 

who’s the woman 
in front of her?
stranger, friend, or foe?

far from models
parading on starvation catwalks —
clothes on hangers

she’s beautiful
in her mother’s eyes —
seeing through cracks of gold

Author Notes Wabi-Sabi = In traditional Japanese aesthetics (philosophy dealing with the beautiful and the ugly applicable to fine arts, with a view of critical judgments). WABI-SABI is a worldview centered on the acceptance of imperfection. It is prevalent throughout all forms of Japanese art. It is a concept derived from Buddhist teachings. Characteristics of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature. click here if you want to read more

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 53
Life Passes By

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please see my author notes


Life passes by
faster and faster each day,
like river rapids

rush towards the vast ocean,
where drops await ascension.

 

Author Notes River Rapids are areas of shallow, fast-flowing water in a stream. Rapids tend to form in younger streams, with water flow that is straighter and faster than in older streams. how water rapids form guidebook

Ascension = to move upward or rise; going up towards the source or beginning; the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven.

Ocean saltwater is exposed to the sun everyday. This creates some evaporation of the water. The water is evaporated into the air, forms or goes into clouds, and then returns in the form of precipitation. This is what is called the water cycle.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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Chapter 54
Blue Chiffon Roses

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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blue chiffon roses
grow around his grave
watered with river of tears

 


 

Author Notes The top picture is a blue chiffon rose, bottom picture is a blue rose, both from google public domain.

EKPHRASTIC poem is a vivid description of a PICTURE OR PAINTING.

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count but is as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America

The 'Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is an excellent deciduous shrub that grows in late summer and early autumn they originated in China and India. They do well in containers.

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Chapter 55
Golden Sunset

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


Golden sunset
is warm and heavy 
with eucalyptus scent —
a promise of tomorrow
hangs in the air



 

Author Notes Modern tanka:

Tanka poetry refers to a Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written in 5/7/5/7/7 Japanese syllables. In english is 31 syllables or less without strict form. Tanka use many literary devices, including personification, metaphors and similes to allow ample visualization.

examples of modern tanka

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Chapter 56
Melancholic Gray Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:In honor of the victims of the Texas school shooting.



melancholic gray sky 
clings to the mourning class 
that stands ‘round small caskets
amidst politicians, 
some useless policemen, 
and destroyed families.



 

Author Notes On May 24, 2022, 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, and wounded seventeen other people, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters that the incident commander on the scene made the "wrong decision" to wait 45 minutes before breaching the classroom doors. Some of the children called 911 asking to send the police before they were killed.

SIX FEET UNDER is a new form created by Gypsy Blue Rose. It consists of six lines with six syllables in each line. The topic is death. Six feet under is a phrase used for the buried dead. You may write more than one.

Line 1: 6 syllables
Line 2: 6 syllables
Line 3: 6 syllables
Line 4: 6 syllables
Line 5: 6 syllables
Line 6: 6 syllables

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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 57
After The Cool Rain

By Gypsy Blue Rose

after the cool rain,

wet earth's sweet aroma swells —

bluebell bends to smell

 


 

Author Notes wet earth smell is called petrichor

HAIKU

Definition: haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition.

The essence of haiku is cutting (KIRU) represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a (KIREJI) dash or ellipsis (~ ... )

KIGO (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a (SAIJIKI) an extensive list of season terms. if you wish to read a saijiki


Chapter 58
The Joker

By Gypsy Blue Rose




 

in the dark hallways

of your mind where madness reigns

innocence whimpers 



 
 

Author Notes I watched the Joker yesterday and it was the best film I've seen in a long time. Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor award for his excellent portrayal of the Joker. I have read comic books and watched batman movies but I didn't know that The Joker, Arthur Fleck, suffered from chronic depression. He was terribly abused as a young child by his mother's boyfriends. He was found handcuffed to a radiator starving, bruised, and with head trauma. Arthur spent some time in a mental hospital. He was discharged, his doctor prescribed seven different medications that didn't work and attended therapy sessions. Due to social program cuts, he lost the therapy and the medication. The system had failed him and he rebelled against it. Not to say that people with mental problems should be excused of crimes but I felt sorry for Arthur and understood why he turned to crime. I think that is the way his character was written.


Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as The Joker.

Thank you for reading my poem.




Chapter 59
The Wishing Fountain

By Gypsy Blue Rose



wishing fountain 
by the cancer center —
full of coins





 

Author Notes Senryu is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two.

The best senryu avoid the poet's views, the poet is the OBSERVER.

FORM Japanese senryu is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 60
Summer Storm

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If you want to join the haiku club, check my author notes


summer storm —
little girl holds her breath
between lightning and thunder




 

Author Notes *Thunder is the sound and lightning is the glow.

*Lightning can kill people (3,696 deaths were recorded in the U.S. between 1959 and 2003) or cause cardiac arrest.

*If you count the number of seconds between the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder you'll get the distance in miles to the lightning: 5 seconds = 1 mile, 15 seconds = 3 miles, 0 seconds = very close. Keep in mind that you should be in a safe place while counting.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya / Kawazu tobikomu / Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond / a frog leaps in / the sound of water. (2/4/5)

AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES click here to read TEN HAIKU TIPS --- click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES --- click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES --- click here to read MASTER, MATSUO BASHO Haiku Collection --- click here to read HAIKU MASTER MATSUO BASHO HISTORY --- click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES --- click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 61
Crimson Poppies

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If you want to join the Japanese poetry club, check my author notes


crimson poppies bask
in the warm summer sun —
crickets nap beneath red parasols



 

Author Notes "Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here ... " - Mark Twain

--crickets sleep during the day and are awake at night... nocturnal insects
--parasols provide shade and look like umbrellas, (in Spanish means ... "for-the-sun")

TERCET is brief poem composed of three lines, forming a stanza or a complete poem. Like in a haiku, poets use minimal language to convey an idea or paint a picture. The effect is a memorable poem that invites the reader to fill in the blanks. The tercet lines are connected grammatically for a better flow. You can use alliteration, metaphor, and personification. Free verse or rhyme. click here to read RULES ---- click here to read DEFINITION

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Gypsy

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Chapter 62
Oblivious

By Gypsy Blue Rose


oblivious to passersby,
homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk —
getting the cold shoulder



 

Author Notes TERCET is brief poem composed of three lines, forming a stanza or a complete poem. Like in a haiku, poets use minimal language to convey an idea or paint a picture. The effect is a memorable poem that invites the reader to fill in the blanks. The tercet lines are connected grammatically for a better flow click here to read RULES √?¬¢??----- click here to read DEFINITION


Examples:

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;
--BY WALLACE STEVENS


Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 63
Rows of Golden Wheat

By Gypsy Blue Rose


rows of golden wheat
sewn tight over patch quilt hills —
tailorbirds thread through

Author Notes I aim to paint a picture with words.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don't need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum..
HAIKU SOURCES
CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

pictures from googles public domain


Chapter 64
Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If you want to join the poetry club, check my author notes


— old oak leaves cuddle wet soil —

with a shroud of jewel dewdrops 

like bright diamonds in the sun

— clear crystal beauty—

 

Author Notes "Remember when you were young
You shone like the sun
Shine on, you crazy diamond" --Pink Floyd

The Kouta ( short song) is a popular Japanese verse form of the Muromachi Period, 14th thru 16th century. The form is 4 lines 7/5/7/5 or 7/7/7/5 and the theme is usually love songs or life. Rhymed or unrhymed. click here to read more - href=https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/kouta-poetic-forms>lick here to read more

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

PS
The song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a nine-part Pink Floyd composition written by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. It appeared on Pink Floyd's 1975 concept album Wish You Were Here. The song is written about and dedicated to Syd Barrett, who left the band in 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. to read full song lyrics

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Chapter 65
The Rat

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please see my author notes

after shooing the rat away,
how lonely I feel
in this dark and cold night


 

Author Notes MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 66
Flame Lilies

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please see my author notes

in the hottest part of day
sunbirds pollinate
flame lilies  




 

Author Notes Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba) is a flowering plant that grows in tropical jungles, forests, thickets, woodlands, grasslands, and sand dunes. This plant is poisonous, toxic enough to kill humans and animals if ingested. It has been used to commit murder, and to achieve suicide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloriosa_superba more info

Sunbirds are small passerine birds from the Old World. Found in Africa, Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and northern Australia. Sunbirds feed largely on nectar, more info

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 67
Dripping With Stars

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

skydome dripping with stars
over a single aspen leaf —
loneliness



 

Author Notes HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet√???√??√?¬¢??s views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
==============================================================================
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don√???√??√?¬¢??t need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum..
HAIKU SOURCES
CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

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Gypsy Blue Rose
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 68
Red Soil

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:In Honor of All Veterans


R e d  S o i l  in a strange land,

             where artillery-sounds

          echoes in wet rice fields.

Lives cut short …....... unjustly,

     as tear-creeks flow at home.

T h e   wind whistles ...Oorah!

 



 

Author Notes Six Feet Under is a new form created by Gypsy Blue Rose. It consists of six lines with six syllables in each line. The topic is death. Six feet under is a phrase used for the buried dead. You may write more than one.

Hoorah, is used as an expression of enthusiasm, battle cry or to respond to a verbal. greeting by the U.S. Marines.=== click here for more information

The Vietnam War was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November, 1 1955 to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. It was fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies. for more information click here

Top Picture: Weary Marines on 30 July 1967 in North Vietnam.
Bottom Picture: Lotus is Vietnam's national flower


Chapter 69
Seeds of Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Suppress river of tears,
I don’t want to cry today.
Nothing is going to change,
so why give a damn?
My thoughts ride,
tumultuous 
aquamarine waves.
And my yearning glides
with the northern wind.
From my innermost gust,
seeds rain over arid land,
as I pray for sprouting buds, 
to grow in my mending heart.

 



 

Author Notes FREE VERSE is an open form of poetry, which in its modern form arose through the French vers libre form. It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any musical pattern. It thus tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


arid = without moisture; extremely dry

Girl picking flowers picture by John William Waterhouse



Chapter 70
Heron's Cries

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please see my author notes


heron’s familiar
roh-roh cries at end of day —

gathering dusk

 

Author Notes HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet√????√???√??√?¬¢??s views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don√????√???√??√?¬¢??t need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum..
HAIKU SOURCES
CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
√????√???√??√?¬¢??Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.√????√???√??√?¬¢?? √????√???√??√?¬¢?? Pablo Picasso


Chapter 71
On the Wings of a Muse

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If you want to join the Japanese poetry club, check my author notes


on the wings of a muse,
poet’s inspiration settles on garden pillar –
writer’s block

 

Author Notes TERCET is brief poem composed of three lines, forming a stanza or a complete poem. Like in a haiku, poets use minimal language to convey an idea or paint a picture. The effect is a memorable poem that invites the reader to fill in the blanks. The tercet lines are connected grammatically for a better flow. You can use alliteration, metaphor, and personification. Free verse or rhyme. click here to read RULES

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 72
Crisp Wind Whistles

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If you want to join the Japanese poetry club, check my author notes

 

Crisp wind whistles 
through trees
sprinkled with snow.

Ice-crystal rays
spear 
cozy cabin.






 

Author Notes SEPTOLET is an American variation of haiku. The origin is French but otherwise unknown. It is an unrhymed poem that consists of fourteen words divided in two stanzas. Both stanzas deal with the same thought and create a picture with words. You may use art with your Septolet. The first letter of first word in each stanza begins with a capital letter. Align left. No rhyming words. Period at end of each stanza. No proper nouns. Give your poem a title. shadow poetry.com -- all poetry.com

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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 73
Hiroshima Day

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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On hiroshima day,
       doves observe 
moment of silence. 

Even the raging wind 
dies down.



 

 

Author Notes The United States dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, on August 6, 1945, to bring the war to a speedy end instantly killing about 210,000 people. Hiroshima Day is observed in Japan every year on August 6th to promote peace politics. It has been seventy-six years since thousands of lives lost their breath in a second by a single atomic bomb.

SEPTOLET is an American variation of haiku. It's French but otherwise unknown. It is an unrhymed poem that consists of fourteen words divided in two stanzas. Both stanzas deal with the same thought and create a picture with words. You may use art with your Septolet. The first letter of first word in each stanza begins with a capital letter. Align left. No rhyming words. Period at end of each stanza. No proper nouns. Give your poem a title. shadow poetry.com -- all poetry.com -- septolet history

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"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." --Pablo Picasso


Chapter 74
Praying Monk

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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monk prays, 
where Mount Fuji lies at river’s edge –
deep in reflection

Author Notes HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet√????√???√??√?¬¢??s views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
==============================================================================
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don√????√???√??√?¬¢??t need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum..
HAIKU SOURCES
CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

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Gypsy

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Chapter 75
A Fragile Butterfly

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

fragile butterfly
flutters above honey rose —
sweet encounter



 

Author Notes Honey Rose is a shade of orange

KIGO butterfly (choo, all spring). click here to read kigo list

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's ego and views. FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines (5/7/5), in English is 17 syllables OR LESS in any combination (3/5/3 - 2/7/6 - 5/6/5 - etc). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). Haiku and other Japanese poetry don't need titles but in fanstory we have to have one. It can be anything that relates to the haiku. To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum.
HAIKU SOURCES -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Ten Tips -- CLICK HERE TO READ Haiku Society of America Haiku Examples -- CLICK HERE TO READHaiku Society of America Haiku Rules -- CLICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho Haiku Collection -- Ci9LICK HERE TO READ Matsuo Basho History -- CLICK HERE TO READ why haiku can be less than 17 syllables -- CLICK HERE TO READ SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

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Gypsy

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Chapter 76
Days of Darkness

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for Dean Kuch, may he rest in peace.


~ Days of Darkness ~

frightening thoughts of death  
sprinkled over my morning joe —
choking me  
like a pill too hard to swallow 
as I dawdle through dreadful days 

demise clings to my skin 
like ticks stick to dogs in skid row
where the Grim Reaper follows me close 

 
 









 

Author Notes Fictional/ I mixed two forms of poetry, Tanka and Tercet, to express the way a person with Depression may feel. (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255)

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √??????????√?????????√????????√???????√??????√?????√????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

TERCET is brief poem composed of three lines, forming a stanza or a complete poem. Like in a haiku, poets use minimal language to convey an idea or paint a picture. The effect is a memorable poem that invites the reader to fill in the blanks. The tercet lines are connected grammatically for a better flow. You can use alliteration, metaphor, and personification. Free verse or rhyme. click here to read RULES

picture: burak ulker

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 77
Night Sky on Silver Waves

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes



night sky rides on silver waves
as boats dock in ~
flooded with moonlight



 

 
 

Author Notes MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 78
Ethereal Clouds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


Ethereal cotton-clouds 
      can hide the midday moon 
      amidst the cerulean blue sky.

Earth could lose its axis 
      crying crystal tears 
      meant to be diamonds. 

But the flames of our love 
      will never turn to embers.




 

Author Notes KANSHI are poetic works by Japanese poets written in classical Chinese during the Tang Dynasty in the Heian Era (794-1185), Chinese was the language of courts in Japan. Kanshi was practiced and enjoyed only by aristocrats. Though Japan went through a few different political systems, the form remained popular throughout Japanese history, especially among academics and intellectuals. The KANSHI FORM is written in 5 to 7 syllables and 4 to 8 lines more info from wikipedia -- more info from simplyhaiku.com -- the HaikuFoundation.org

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'Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.' -- Novalis


Chapter 79
~ Fragrant Summer Breeze ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please see my author notes


fragrant breeze drenched 
in wistful whims of ripe crops —
       lying face up 
      on fields of golden barley
      chewing on a summer straw

 






 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka rules and examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read definitions and examples

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 80
Since the Day you Left

By Gypsy Blue Rose


since the day you left, 
my ship has fought raging winds 
and turbulent seas – 
      amidst swelling tidal waves 
      of terminal proportions

 




 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka rules and examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read definitions and examples

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." --Pablo Picasso

Print painting by Japanese artist Hokusai.


Chapter 81
Sugar Snap Peas

By Gypsy Blue Rose



sugar snap peas
seasoned with a touch of summer —
mom’s labor of love

Author Notes Cooking for family and friends is a way to show love.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5)

AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.". - Novalis


Chapter 82
Autumn's Crisp Breeze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes



Autumn’s crisp breeze
waltzes with fallen leaves —
sunset disco ball




 

Author Notes For the younger generation, a Disco Ball is a large decorative ball covered with small mirrored facets, suspended from the ceiling of a disco or club and rotated to reflect flashing lights. It was most popular in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but it was invented in 1920. I used "waltzes " because it's a visual effect of leaves movement when caught in the breeze.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5)

AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason" --Novalis


Chapter 83
A Gypsy Story

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

I grew up in Spain amidst ivy covered stone castles and old olive trees. Spain is rooted in rich history and a beautiful culture. At 10 years old, my mother died and my life changed drastically. At 16 years old, I moved to the United States where I married and had three children.

After 5 years, I got a divorce and since then, I raised my children by myself. 

I worked in several secretarial jobs until I went to college. Eventually, I received a Human Service Bachelor Degree.  Thereafter, I worked in the Teaching and Non-profit community services field.

Teaching was the best job I ever had.  Besides teaching, I love helping people so I got jobs as advocate/counselor for victims of rape and molest; also, helping homeless people by managing a community services center. 

All through my life I have expressed myself creatively using different types of media– painter, poet, new dance dancer, and spoken word (reading my poetry on stage). 

I found fanstory in 2015, and soon after I started writing haiku and found my passion for Japanese poetry.  I taught haiku in fanstory for a while and now I manage two Japanese Poetry clubs. I am grateful for our community, I have learned a lot,  and made some very good friends.


 

Author Notes I-NOVEL is a Japanese poetic form used to describe the author's autobiography. The first I-novels was created in 1906. There are several rules for I-Noven but for this Japanese Poetry Event we will keep it simple. Autobiographies are usually a comprehensive life story of the author, while I-Novels are more personal and emotional, focusing on greater depth and the feeling of a particular experience happening to the author.
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Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem,

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." - Atticus



Chapter 84
Full Nets

By Gypsy Blue Rose


full nets at dusk
calls for celebration —
catfish’s final call


 

 

Author Notes --Night fishing is a good way to avoid the sun's heat. Catfish is one of the best fish to catch at night
--Final call The calling for final drink orders before the bar closes.

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year with direct words (summer, winter, autumn, spring) or indirect words (northern wind, warm breeze, harvest, Christmas, New Year, cherry blossoms, etc) The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the OBSERVER.
FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5)

AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you can use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." -- Novalis


Picture from google: Dongjiang Lake is a reservoir located in China.


Chapter 85
~Tangled up in Blue~

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Intoxicating 
roses in a vase of dreams 
tangled up in blue —
      as I lie here alone 

      daydreaming of you 

Faraway, 
the sound of your pounding heart  
is a lighthouse 
      that guides me out of the dark 
      and into your arms






 

Author Notes Syllables count is 31 OR LESS= 5/7/5/6/5 & 3/7/4/7/5

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." -- Atticus

'Tangled up in blue' is a Bob Dylan song, no relation to the poem, I just liked the phrase

Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari


Chapter 86
Splendid Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose


splendid love
woven into my untouched 
woman curves —
      yearning for your caress

      and susurrous in my ear

 

 

Author Notes susurrous- whispers
syllable count 3/7/3/6/7
painting by ikenaga yasunari

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 87
Let's Pretend

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


would you hold me,  
the way he used to hold me, 
tenderly and kind —
      I won't ask you about her
      on this cruel and cold night


let's pretend 
you're mine and hold my hand —
      I promise not to fuss
      about who you've been with and why 
      I just need to be held tight 


dreams dwindle and die, 
sometimes...for some of us —
      all we have left 
      is remembrance of romance
      amidst straits in dimmin light

 



 

Author Notes End of tanka rhyme happened organically, I didn't plan it.

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √???????√??????√?????√????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 88
The Pillow

By Gypsy Blue Rose


little girl cries herself to sleep on mom’s pillow —
after funeral


 

Author Notes 12/5 POEM - a new form created by Gypsy Blue Rose. The poem is inspired by Japanese poetry. In the first line (12 syllables) write a visual phrase about nature or human nature. In the second line (5 syllables) write a juxtaposition pivotal phrase in relation to the first line. You may write one stanza of 12/5 alone or repeat as many times as you like.

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.- Novalis


Chapter 89
Croissants and Coffee

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


                croissants and coffee
at the cafe in Madrid —
                   waning morning moon





 


 

Author Notes MADRID is the capital of Spain, where I grew up. CAFE is a coffeeshop

LUNE is a short poem with three lines, similar to haiku in that it uses imagery and succinct composition but has no other rules. Lune poetry originated when American poets noticed that writing a haiku in English isn't the same as writing one in the Japanese 5/7/5 syllables mold. American poet, Robert Kelly, created the lune in the 1960s. The SYLLABLES LUNE consists of 5/3/5 syllables. There is a variant lune created by poet Jack Collom. His form is also a self-contained tercet, but his poem is WORDS LUNE (not syllable-based) and has the structure of 3 words in the first line, 5 words in the second line and 3 words in the final line. click here if you want to read more


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Gypsy

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pictures from google public domain


Chapter 90
Golden Fields of Barley

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Dedicated to Victims of Child Abuse


Angel, where are you now,
      perhaps in hell
      paying for the many depravities
      against a child, your first cousin
and your brother, Jose Luis,
      who betrayed me
      by following your lead
                                       lead
                                            lead
                                                 lead

 

I heard you got cancer
      and felt guilty for not caring
but sometimes I wonder ….
      what happened to your brother
                                            the bed wetter
                                            
the follower

 

Where are the fields of barley
      where I hid from you
      built a safe house of ripe grass
      where you couldn’t find me
                    but you did
                             you did
                                       did
                                           did
                                               did

Why did I feel it was my fault, at five,
where was dad, my champion,
the one to keep me safe and sound …
                                                       sound
                                                               sound
                                                                       sound

he was three doors down 
when you got me alone in your room
playing mommy and daddy
with our clothes on
      …though I was not playing
          I was the keeper of shame
you made Jose Luise do it too
                                           my cousin
                                                         my friend
while you watched

 

where is my innocence now
maybe, in golden fields of barley




 


 

Author Notes 800-422-4453 national child abuse prevention

UBI SUNT POEM (where are they) is a Latin RHETORICAL QUESTION. Sometimes it's interpreted to indicate nostalgia, the ubi sunt motif is actually a meditation on mortality and life's transience. By posing a series of questions about the fate of the strong, beautiful, or virtuous, these poems meditate on the transitory nature of life and the inevitability of death. ~~~~~ wikipedia ~~~~~ poetry foundation

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.
Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason."- Novalis


Chapter 91
Kid Scientist

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


kid scientist
   looking for bugs —
spider hangs by a thread

 


 

Author Notes hang by a thread : to be in a very dangerous situation; to be very close to death

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the observer. THE FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 92
Wrecking Ball

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


wrecking ball
       swings swiftly to shatter old zoo —
crane’s heart caves-in


 

Author Notes WRECKING BALL = a heavy metal ball swung on a cable from a CRANE and used in demolition work.
CRANES are long-legged, and long-necked birds similar-looking but unrelated herons. Cranes are affected by human activities and are critically endangered. click here if you want to know more
CAVE-IN = To give up what you want to do what another person desires; to collapse; submission to something or someone previously opposed or resisted

This is a modern haiku because I use metaphor and alliteration.

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 93
The Love Letter

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Unpacking dusty boxes in grandma’s attic, I found a yellow brittle love letter inside a book of poetry. Next to it, a dried rose frozen in time, emanated romance and tears of lost lust.  I had to decide in which pile this precious memento had to go. I held it tenderly close to my heart and silently I said goodby.

 

dust travels 
through a ray of dark sun 
dancing to the tune of time



 

 

Author Notes 3/6/7 syllables haiku and 59 words prose

Memento= an object that serves to remind one of a person, past event, etc.; keepsake; souvenir.

HAIBUN combines prose and haiku; it√?¬¢??s written in present or in past tense. The subject matter can vary widely, but usually describes an unfolding scene, a slice of life, a special moment, or a journal.. Keep it as succinct as possible and do not repeat words, except the, an, or, etc√?¬¢?√?¬¶ Point of View Written in the first person (everything seen through the author's eyes) Length Varies from very brief prose with one haiku to long prose with interspersed haiku.

PROSE in Haibun TELLS the story, GIVES information, DEFINES the theme, CREATES a mood through tone, and PROVIDES a background to spotlight the haiku

HAIKU in Haibun MOVES the story forward, ADDS insight to the prose, RESOLVES the conflict in an unpredictable way, or QUESTIONS the resolution of the prose. click here for more information *** Haibun Today Editorial for further reading *** Haibun Guidelines

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Gypsy


Chapter 94
Left All Alone

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


last pain-stricken bird
sings the saddest song
with the haunting sound
of yearning for his mate 
lost to dismal death

      death
              death
                      death


perched on a burned bough
over sizzling amber waves
inviting the inevitable end
‘cause she's gone
to cavernous halls

      halls
            halls
                   halls


it’s more pain
his little heart can take
standing alone
draped with raging cries 
amidst cinders of lost love

      lost love
                    lost love
                                 lost love

 

Left All Alone




 

Author Notes Picture of the Maui Parrotbill bird

amber waves = volcano lava

The Maui parrotbill bird, is critically endangered, with less than 150 individuals left. Five of the seven rare bird species were killed in an epidemic of avian malaria brought by mosquitoes. A male bird was seen singing by itself on the slopes of the windward slopes of Haleakala volcano.

KAKE KOTOBA is a Japanese poetic form that uses poetic devices (personification, alliteration, metaphor, imagery, juxtaposition, etc ). FORM 31 SYLLABLES OR LESS IN FIVE LINES. The poetic devices are like hanging words building a bridge between two images. Better translated as: Pun, word play, words with a double meaning, very much like haiku or senryu but in five lines.kake kotoba wikipedia

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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 95
After ...

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


after his divorce,
caused by lack of wealth and love,
he plants pale white mums
and bleak crimson shade ivy 
woven through trellis and rope

 

Author Notes -National Suicide Prevention Hotline [988] or [800-273-8255]

-Japan use white chrysanthemums to symbolize grief.

-Mums can grow on trellis. Attach them gently sideways and tie them down to the horizontal trellis.

KAKE KOTOBA is a Japanese poetic form that uses poetic devices (personification, alliteration, metaphor, imagery, juxtaposition, etc ... ). FORM 31 SYLLABLES OR LESS IN FIVE LINES. The poetic devices are like hanging words building a bridge between two images. Better translated as: Pun, word play, words with a double meaning, very much like haiku or senryu but in five lines.kake kotoba Wikipedia

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

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Chapter 96
Unwelcomed

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


unwelcomed
magical enchantment 
that pulls it across the lake
amidst a myriad of lights  —
lonely firefly  



 

Author Notes Some people feel alone in a crowd even when we seek company and love. I used imagery, personification, and metaphor for my tanka, which is permitted for this poetic form.

"I inhale loneliness like it is the sweet smell of virgin earth conquered by fiery rain drops. Within me, I'm a thousand others." = Faraaz Kazi, Truly, Madly, Deeply

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 97
Sun Bleached Poster

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


sun bleached poster
of missing child 
     fades into oblivion —
cold case



 


 

Author Notes The picture of the poster is faceless to represent any missing child.

Cold case = is an unsolved criminal investigation

National Toll-free Hotline, 1-800-THE-LOSTclick here to read more

According to the FBI, in 2021 there were 337,195 adducted missing children

MODERN SENRYU is about human nature and it doesn't include a season word (kigo). It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but brief. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. the em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Senryu usually doesn√?¬¢??t have a title but in fanstory we have to have one.for more information click here collection of senryu ***** The Haiku Foundation of America

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 98
Twilight Shadows

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
twilight shadows veil

  serene mountains and valleys —
chase last light of day

Author Notes HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the observer. THE FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

picture: nele diel, deviantart.com


Chapter 99
Somber Snowed Tundra

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Place= Siberia's Uninhibited Land


somber snowed tundra
untouched by men —
 land's frigid virgin 

 

Author Notes I mean no disrespect to women, it's just a play on words. Some men use the word 'frigid' as a derogatory word, this is not that case.

Sakha Republics, Russia, heart of Siberia, is the eighth largest territory in the entire world. It's above the Arctic Circle, making avera it basically a freezing cold desert of 190,555 square miles. The temperature is -46 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest area in the northern hemisphere. Because of the extreme cold, much of this gigantic area of the planet has gone largely unexplored and untouched by mankind. However, there are animals that live safely away from humans. There are moos, fox, sable, wolverine, brown bear, polar bear, walrus, Manchurian deer, northern deer, musk deer, and bighorn sheep; and lakes are rich with fish -- omul, chir, muksun, white salmon nelma, sturgeon, taimen, and karas to name a few. There are about 250 birds species. in Yakutia. The tundra is a habitat for rare birds, Siberian white crane, sandhill crane, loon, moose, golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, etc. The Arctic shore is famous for the noisy and spectacular seashore bird colonies. Yakutia is the only place on the planet with Siberian black crane and gull habitats.

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MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis




Chapter 100
Weighted Down

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


     weighted down by rain —
mums bend in reverence
to mother nature





 

Author Notes HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the observer. THE FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 101
When I miss You Most

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For the King of Hearts



I  miss you most,

when the dying sun descends

to rise  by your bed

as I lie on bur-reeds bed

listening  to mourning doves cry





 

 

Author Notes Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari

Mourning Doves mate for life.
The mourning dove is named for its haunting and sad cooing sound.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 102
Letting Go

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


letting go 
pain of living without you —
Autumn leaves downstream
 



 

Author Notes SENRYU is a Japanese poetic form similar to haiku. It's written in 3 lines with 17 syllables OR LESS in a shot/long/short form. Senryu is about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature. Senryu doesn't need a season word (kigo) but it's okay if you do.

for more information click here

collection of senryu

The Haiku Foundation of America

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

Painting by E. Taylor


Chapter 103
Relentless Whine

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

relentless whine

of cicadas summer dance 

in fields of barley

as salty sweat-drops fall 

over rosette cheeks

 

 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 104
You Are My North Star

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

You are my north star 

and in your arms I’m safely wrapped

when tempest turbulence

entangles tender hearts

as dubious winds meander 

close and far

 

You are my north star

the one who guides my steps

when I feel lost 

as I follow a comet 

to our warm dwelling lodge

I fall asleep in your loving arms

 

 
 
 
 

Author Notes Turbulence = disorder or commotion
Tempest = violent windstorm
Dubious = doubtful
Scamper = to run quickly
Meanders = to take a winding course

FREE VERSE is an open form of poetry, which in its modern form arose through the French vers libre form. It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any musical pattern. It thus tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 105
Dark New Moon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes



blind neighbor
borrows a cup of darkness —
new moon





 

Author Notes When the moon is new, it's invisible to us on Earth.

This poem is a modern haiku because I used alliteration and metaphor.

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 106
Cabin by Bleak Lake

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


one last chance 
to save our marriage —
we  rake
dying amber embers
in the feeble fireplace



 

Author Notes Bleak Lake, Alberta, Canada

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.


Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 107
Alaska's Earthquake

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes



Alaska’s
raging sea and land
     swallowed dreams and hopes —
wave of pain



 
 

Author Notes On March 27, 1964, an earthquake of magnitude 9.2 occurred in Alaska. The earthquake lasted approximately 4.5 minutes and is the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. history. The number of deaths from the earthquake totaled 131. The earthquake caused tsunami waves reached as high as 27 feet in some areas. A total of 128 people died. Damages to Pacific Coast states and territories totaled $895 million.

This is a modern haiku because I use personification and more than 3 lines.

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 108
In a World of Chaos

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

  in a world of chaos —
splendid sunrises and sunsets

come and go
over open sea and land
consistently without fail





 

 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 109
Dusk's Dainty Kisses

By Gypsy Blue Rose

dusk’s dainty kisses
     on closed peony petals —
tucked in for the night

 


 

Author Notes MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 110
Amber Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose


crowned by amber sky 
above curvy rolling hills
of soft lush green grass
peppered with violet buds
outside moist and fragrant caves


Author Notes TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book *** click here to read Tanka Society of America *** click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 111
Old Garden Chair

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

 old garden chair 

     sagging dangerously —

weight of summer

 
 
 
 

Author Notes HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the observer. THE FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 112
Cyan Blue

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


your cyan blue eyes
look into my graceful gaze
as your hand guides me
across the dimmed dancing floor

and the heat between us burns

 

Author Notes Picture from the movie, Crimson Peaks.

Manyoshu is divided in many forms. You can chose the one you like best.

FORMS
Tanka (5/7/5/7/7 = 31 syllables or less
Renga collaboration poem (5/7/5 by one poet/ 7/7 by other poet) [this one is hard for the club]
Busso (5/7/5/7/7/7) = 38 syllables or less
GENRES
banquets and trips; love between men and women; and mourn the death of people.

Thank you very much for your time, kind review, and helpfull feedback.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason". --Novalis


Chapter 113
Priceless Sunset

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


priceless sunset —
homeless man spreads his mat
in the front row


 

Author Notes SENRYU is a Japanese poetic form similar to haiku. It's written in 3 lines with 17 syllables OR LESS usually in a shot/long/short form. Senryu is about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature. Senryu doesn't need a season word (kigo) but it's okay if you do. It never rhymes. It uses imagery.

for more information click here

collection of senryu


Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

picture from google public domain


Chapter 114
Murder Flies Over

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:A Group of Crows is Called Murder - for rules please check my author notes


murder flies over
thinned out wheat field —
scarecrow’s head 
down in shame

 






 

Author Notes A group of crows is called 'murder'

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

picture from deviantart.com


Chapter 115
Caught in Moody Tide

By Gypsy Blue Rose


caught in moody tide,
hermit  crab comes and goes —
walking on seashells

Author Notes The well known phrase is ''walking on eggshells" (To be overly careful in dealing with a person or situation because they get angry or offended very easily)

HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of a human experience in nature. It uses a juxtaposition of two concrete images in a way that prompts the reader to make an insightful connection between the two. It alludes to a season of the year. The best haiku avoid the poet's views, the poet is the observer. THE FORM Japanese haiku is written in 17 syllables and three lines ( 5/7/5) BUT in English is 17 syllables OR LESS. For example:
Haiku in Japanese: Furuike ya/ Kawazu tobikomu/ Mizu no oto (5/7/5)
Same haiku translated to English: old pond/ a frog leaps in./ the sound of water.(2/4/5). AVOID punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, personification, and capital letters (proper names are okay). To pause before the satori you use a dash, sometimes a comma is okay, but we keep punctuation to a minimum. HAIKU SOURCES === HAIKU SOURCES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU EXAMPLES === click here to read Haiku Society of America HAIKU RULES === click here to read WHY 17 OR LESS SYLLABLES === click here to read SEASON WORDS (Kigo) List

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 116
Nocturnal Symphony

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

Stars are out for you tonight

and the moon lulls you to sleep

hush darlin',  I’ll hold you fast

and blue waves will ...

rock ... rock ... rock

 

Far away, howls a wild wolf 

and below, sea creatures shout

but don’t fear, my little one

mom will wait till you ...

nod ... nod ... nod

 

 
 
 
 

Author Notes Thinking about my mom's lullabies. She died when I was ten years old.

My sister is very sick in the hospital. Prayers are welcomed. Her name is Mina.

Ekphrastic is a poem inspired by a picture

Free Verse is an unrhymed poem

nocturnal - night

North Carolina Sea Grant reports the study found that fish compensated for the noisy underwater environment by amplifying their vocalizations. Yes, you could say the fish were shouting. source


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Gypsy


Chapter 117
Meditative Monk

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

meditative monk 

   sits by a lake full of moon —

reflecting

 

 

Author Notes --Reflecting = casting back an image; careful consideration or meditation.

MODERN HAIKU is the English adaptation of Classic Haiku. It's written in one to four lines with no strict syllable count, but as brief as possible. These poems use a pause usually marked by a dash before the satori (an insightful twist to ponder). Images don't need to be taken from nature. Seasonality is optional. Alliteration and metaphor are okay. Never rhymes. The em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. Haiku usually doesn't have a title but in fanstory we have to have one. The Haiku Foundation of America
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

picture from deviantart.com


Chapter 118
Chasing Jupiter Rings

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

chasing jupiter rings

 and kneeled aquarius  

     at her feet   —

the moon reflects on calm creek

nudging along empty dreams

 

 

 

 

Author Notes "Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." -- Kahlil Gibran

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America -- click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 119
My Love Waits For Me

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

My love waits for me

where the ocean meets the sky

and my passion burns

like the splendid setting sun

that darkly dies every night

 

 

 

Author Notes "A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods





Chapter 120
Crisp Cool Winds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

crisp cool winds

fuss about ma’s garden

stirring golden, saffron, and red leaves

~*~

faceless gourds

and pre-creepy pumpkins 

scattered across threaded vines and soil

~*~

screams echo 

after halloween day

putrid pumpkins are left in the lurch

 

Author Notes "Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on their only chance to soar." -- Delia Owens

3/6/9 poems only require syllables and line count

The excess pumpkins are donated to local zoos; given to farm animals; or used for land's natural fertilizer

Left in the lurch = abandoned

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Gypsy
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods


Chapter 121
If I Could Have Anyone

By Gypsy Blue Rose

If I could have anyone 

at the end of the world,  

I would ask for you, darlin’,

my uncontrollable love. 

I would not request gold 

or diamonds galore, 

I would just want your lips 

to kiss

      more

            more

                  more. 

 

If I could have anyone 

at the end of the world, 

it would be you, my love.. 

It would not be a last meal 

of ambrosia and wine, 

I would want to hear 

your contagious laugh

to fill my

      heart

            heart

                  heart 

 

 

 

Author Notes KANSHI FORM IS WRITTEN IN 5 to 7 SYLLABLES AND 4 to 8 LINES. Japanese poets wrote in classical Chinese during the Tang Dynasty in the Heian Era (794-1185), Chinese was the language of courts in Japan. Kanshi was practiced and enjoyed only by aristocrats at the beginning but has remained popular throughout Japanese history, especially among academics and intellectuals. more info from wikipedia -- more info from simplyhaiku.com -- the HaikuFoundation.org

Thank you very much. I appreciate that you took the time to read my poem. Have a beautiful day. (*-*)

Gypsy
"The poet waits to paint the unsaid." -Atticus


picture - riverland_cloud_gazing_by_bisbiswas


Chapter 122
* At the End of Day *

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

At the end of day, 

      laughter and passion slips away 

            as darkness envelopes 

            the dissipating memory 

            of our love

 

 

Author Notes "Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk." - Stephen King

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 123
Do You Hear My Tears?

By Gypsy Blue Rose

My bed is on fire thinking of you,  

as the harvest moon bleeds outside,  

my heart battles a lost fight.

Overcoming distance 

that lies between us   

through land and sea.

Do you hear 

my tears,

Love?

 
 
 

Author Notes A nonet is a nine-line poem. In the nonet form, each line contains specific, descending syllable counts. The first line contains nine syllables, the second line contains eight, the third line contains seven, and so on. The last line of nonet poetry contains one syllable. The nonet is a poetic form that can contain any rhyming scheme and cover any subject matter. Due to the simplicity and popularity of the nonet structure, many poetry websites and publications have yearly nonet poetry contests.

click here if you want to read more

Gypsy
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods


Chapter 124
Dust in the Wind

By Gypsy Blue Rose

What will be left of our love

      when you walk through that door

            and your scent left behind

                  perpetuates lost hope

 

All the sweet nothings

      will be swiped by winter winds

            drift across withered fields

                  covered by useless chagrin

 

The swooshing and howling

      of tempest’s crescendo thrust

            and eolian gusts 

                  reaps my dismantled heart

 

When your passion runs out

      the happy couple carcass 

            will pass on with time

and only a glimmer of us will last 

 

 

Author Notes "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." ~ Dr. Seuss

Perpetuates = goes on forever
Tempest = violent wind storm
Crescendo = gradual, steady increase
Eolian = wind activity; the wind's ability to shape the surface of the Earth

Painting: Ikenaga Yasunari

Thank you for reading my poem.

Gypsy
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." - Crystal Woods


Chapter 125
Grandma's Homemade Jam

By Gypsy Blue Rose

grandma’s homemade jam 

  for breakfast on our front porch —

a jar full of love

 

Author Notes 5/7/5 poem rules are simple, 5/7/5 syllables in three lines

Gypsy
"Hand over the chocolate and nobody gets hurt."


Chapter 126
In Warm Summer Breeze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

in warm summer breeze 

water moon floats to my shore —

slides through my fingers 

 

 

Author Notes Water Moon is an East Asian proverb/phrase, meaning something that can be seen but not touched, like the moon reflected on the water's surface; something that is beautiful but unattainable dreams, a mirage.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods


Chapter 127
Gypsy's Story

By Gypsy Blue Rose

I grew up in Spain. When I was little, picking wild flowers, walking in the rain, and having chocolate in my pockets made me happy.

Mama was a wonderful seamstress. She sewed many things, among them, all my aunties' flamenco dancer costumes and my first school uniform. I was scared of going to school. My catholic teachers were mean. When the students made our teachers mad, they told us stories about hell, and of a dark room beneath the stairs that was full of rats. If we misbehaved, they threatened to lock us in that room.

At ten-years-old my mother died, and I slept for a whole week. I dreamed of her at the airport headed to heaven. She didn't speak but I could hear her in my mind. She told me it was going to be okay, but it wasn't.

After 5 years, my Papa married a hateful woman. She hated me and my siblings. After a year she kicked my sister and me out of the house. I was 15-years-old. Luckily, I had aunts who had moved to the United States when married, who offered to take me in and allow me to live with them in America. Leaving my sister, brother, and friends in Spain was very hard. My sister didn't want to leave Spain and my brother was too young. I missed my dad too but I was very disappointed in him. He let my stepmother get rid of us so she could have him all to herself and he didn't move a finger to stop her.

Living in a new country was both terrifying and exciting. I learned to speak English very fast, and I went to school shortly after I arrived in the country.

At 17-years-old, I had my first daughter, followed by a son, and then a second daughter. They were, and still are, my treasure. I loved them very much and I raised them, practically, by myself.

My marriages were a big failure. Being bipolar made it difficult to have a long-term relationship. Eventually, I gave up and embraced a single life.

All through my life, I battled bipolar disease. It was hard on my children and on me. For many years I refused to take medication, and consequently, my life was either hell with deep depression, or feeling like I was on top of the world, doing all kinds of crazy things and feeling invincible.

After my last marriage, I lived alone for ten years. Life was very lonely and I tried to kill myself several times but by the grace of God, I'm still here to tell my story.

In 2019, I moved in with my youngest daughter, her husband, and their newborn baby, Atticus. My life changed for the better. I take care of him and he has given my life purpose.

Now, I take medication and have a doctor. My life is good.

If anyone reading this story suffers from a mental illness, or knows someone who does, I recommend taking medication to have a normal life. It's very important to seek help.

Remember you are not alone. There are people who love you and would miss you if you were gone. If you are depressed, hang in there, life gets better.

Author Notes An honest summary of my life story.

"There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen


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** Prevalence of Any Mental Illness (AMI)
-In 2020, there were an estimated 52.9 million adults aged 18 or older in the United -States with AMI. This number represented 21.0% of all U.S. adults.
-The prevalence of AMI was higher among females (25.8%) than males (15.8%).
-Young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of AMI (30.6%) compared to adults aged 26-49 years (25.3%) and aged 50 and older (14.5%).
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Gypsy

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

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