breeze from the sea cliffs

breeze from the sea cliffs
brings a fresh wave of fragrance
a floral rainbow

This“fusion” haiku is my response to the challenge at
Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #10 Jane Reichhold’s “rainbows of high tide”,
inspired by the words in the following two haiku.

coming to sea cliffs
the off shore breeze raises
a flower fragrance

out of a wave
rainbows of high tide
arching wind

               © Jane Reichhold

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many seasons gone

many seasons gone

peony’s last petal falls

We do not always get to choose the time of our final parting. Any meeting could be the last, and the last should hold the spirit of the true meaning of what we hold dear.  I would travel in any season, if it means paying my lasting, final respects to a most lovely flower.
Farewell, Cioci Sophie.

many seasons gone
peony’s last petal falls
accepting sadness

Image source: (Peonies, by Yun Shouping, 1633-1690)

last light as sun sets ~ fusion troiku

In the prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #33 Troiku … Two White Butterflies, Kristjaan has added a twist. Rather than providing a fixed haiku as the base for the troiku, the prompt provides two haiku by Basho to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

temple bells die out
the fragrant blossoms remain
a perfect evening

will we meet again
here at your flowering grave –
two white butterflies

               Matsuo Basho

last light as sun sets
two butterflies pirouette
fading temple bells

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last light as sun sets
flowers stand in silhouette
woven through with light

two butterflies pirouette
white wings holding last sunlight
distant echoes call

fading temple bells
bringing peaceful end to day
night falls in silence

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A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.


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reluctant poppies

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April 2017 Poppies ~ no buds yet this year

Back in Western New York, first blossoms always arrived from late April to early May, perennials providing lush colors while we waited for the last frost that would mark the end of May, when annuals could be planted. It was an adjustment for me when I moved to central Missouri, where spring rains are already falling by early March, flowers are blooming by April, and the summer flowers are showing their faces by May. Normally.

Erratic weather and March/April nights cooler than usual meant spring was severely delayed this year. Oak pollen, my one bane here in Missouri, appeared four weeks late, just in time for the typical May spike in temperatures and precipitous drop in humidity – typical factors in high pollen count. Daffodils and violets were three weeks late. Usually gracing our garden by mid-April, irises finally appeared last week. If it wasn’t for the ninety degree days this week, I could believe I was back in Buffalo.

May in disarray
flowers confused by weather
reluctant poppies

Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge #34: Passing Spring