No Shadow Too Dark

No Shadow Too Dark

No Shadow Too Dark

Storms will cast their shadows,
yet never dim

the star that shines upon us,
its light held, as well,

within our hearts for those days
that would be darkest, were it not

for a burning love that lives on,
a love that will never die.

I was at a bit of a “block” in my response to Thursday Photo Prompt: Glimmer #writephoto
at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo, until I read the response from pensitivity101. So, thank you, Di!
(And, of course, thank you to Sue for her prompt and photo.)



OPEN: Comment-a-Haiku Poetry Contest!

Check out the entries at Comment-a-Haiku at Brian Geiger’s Vita Brevis.

Vita Brevis

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Get ready for Vita Brevis‘ third comment-a-haiku poetry contest! Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Submit one or two 5-7-5 haiku as a comment on this post (give them titles!) — all topics are welcome
  2. Reblog this post on your blog or write a post announcing that you’ve entered the competition, linking back here
  3. Give good feedback on other poets’ work! [This is what it’s really about–you’ll be receiving good feedback, so try to give it to others as well]

RewardHonestly, this is less about “winning” and more about meeting and communicating with other poets. But I will choose some honorable mentions, and I’ll officially publish the winning haiku on Vita Brevis (with a link to the poet’s blog). Not a bad deal!

When: Starting right now (10/18), ending Sunday night (10/21)

Results: I get a lot of comments on these–give me a few…

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opening to greet the day ~ renga

Carpe Diem #1523 H.F. Noyes’ … rusty toy truck (Renga with…) asks us to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following each provided haiku by H.F. Noyes (here in blue italics)
with two lines. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse)
and ageku (closing verse) 
connect in a way to make “the circlecomplete.

opening to greet the day_1rusty toy truck
stuck on the mudbank
a cargo of blossoms

opening to greet the day
a bounty of newfound dreams

as if nothing happened
the crow there
the willow here

hanging low into a stream
branches kissed by sparkling waves

opening to greet the day_2

bright fall day
the brook wanders off
its shimmer lingers

reflecting the setting sun
the last of its warmth captured

evening walk
the creak of my boots
invades the stars

my heartbeat even louder
your hand held closely in mine

full moon rising
nowhere on the empty beach
to hide our love

opening to greet the day_3bathing in its reflection
shining on each rolling wave

raking aside leaves
on the backyard pond
I release the moon

reflected still on each wave
softly caressing the shore

Library of Congress – Crow on a Willow Branch, artist unknown – Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach, by Kawase Hasui (MabelAmber) – leaves on pond (edited here)

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Freya opens this month’s theme of “Portal” at Pure Haiku with my haiku, “aged oak timber.”
This could prove to be an eye-opening series.


aged oak timber

tales told in each line of grain

imposing entrance

© Ken Gierke 2018

Note: aged should be pronounced age-ed

Lately, Ken finds himself focusing on Japanese poetry. He likes the way haiku and tanka offer an opportunity for subtlety in such few words. You can read more of his work at Rivvlogr.

I chose this one to open the way to other haiku for our theme of Portal. I liked the visual image.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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