Posted in November 2016, Triolet

Candle of Hope

One candle burning, Candle of Hope
Candle burning bright

A symbol of hope

Extinqishes night

Candle burning bright

Overcomes fright

Reveals ways to cope

Candle burning bright

A symbol of hope

5 Syllable Triolet

Posted in November 2016, Senryu

Sounds of Home

Childhood sounds of home
Mom always awake at 5 am
Coffeepot perking

“Daylight in the swamp”
Was Dad’s morning wakeup call
Much to my chagrin

Mom’s much used words
You “Always” and/or “Never”
Negative tone

Norwegian songs
Joke telling laughter among
Card game smack talk

Homemade bread
With butter, after school snack
Made with Mom’s hands

Sunday softball games
Family chatter at dinner
Mom’s hot apple pie

Family and friends
Summer picnics at the park
Swimming at the lake

Senryu Cascade



Posted in November 2016, Tanka

Promise of the DoveĀ 

Collared Dove
We belong together

You and I walk as one

But should we ever part

I shall wait beneath the tree

In the early morning light


This morning as I looked out my patio window I saw one dove just sitting under the big tree. Just sitting, watching, waiting….All summer I had seen and heard two doves, at times they would stroll by my window in the early evening, walking slowly along together. I would hear them cooing in the morning. Now I am seeing only one, sitting quietly, watching, waiting. I worry if it is hurt. I worry if it needs help. I wonder where it’s mate is. Then, after many moments, it suddenly flies away… I am not sure what to make of all of this, but I will choose to think good thoughts and imagine that the dove saw its mate. Blessings everyone! Enjoy this day!