Posted in April 2018, NaPoWriMo 2018, Tanka

Different Perspectives


1. My Point of View:

“Childhood memories

Of my grandpa’s garden patch

Full of strawberries

And the giant apple tree

That hid me as I ate them.”

2. My Sensible Sister’s Point of View:

“You should’ve asked Gramps

Before your hands reached for

His prize berries

Your temptation caused you

To eat and run to that tree.”

3. My Mom’s Point of View:

“Eating strawberries

From her grandpa’s garden patch

Childhood thief flees to

Apple Tree Sanctuary

Her secret place to hide”

Triple Tanka

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 2 Challenge:

to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view.

Posted in December 2017, Etheree

Childhood Christmas Memories

 Childhood Memories



Popcorn Balls

Mincemeat Pie

Hard Candy in a Dish

Popcorn and Cranberries

Christmas Cards in the Mailbox

Family Gathering for Dinner

Snow and Ice Skating on the River

Family playing Card games after dinner


Some of my memories of Christmas as a child growing up in the 1950’s

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 Haiga, Haiku, Haiku Horizons Weekly Prompt, September 2016


September school days

Children hopping and skipping 

Leapfrog at recess 


#HaikuHorizonsWeeklyChallenge Week#135 Prompt: Frog

(When I wrote this poem I was thinking of my childhood days long ago when we children used to play Leapfrog, not the electronic game they have now, it was a fun physical activity, we played outdoors at recess. (Leapfrog is a game in which players take turns in leaping over other players that are bent over from the waist. – 

I wasn’t quite sure if children still played Leapfrog now so I looked it up on the Internet and found some videos on You Tube that I thought were worth sharing. Looks like Leapfrogging is still alive and well! 😊)

Young Children Playing Leapfrog Video 

High School Students Set World Record for Leapfrogging Video

Posted in August 2016, Haibun

Wish Catcher

dandelion  seed head
She jumped so high!

Dandelion seed floating by.

“Just caught a wish!” she said

I was out shopping yesterday and as I was walking thru the parking lot to my car I saw a young lady suddenly make a giant leap into the air!

“I got it!” she exclaimed to her friends with her.

 I guess they all noticed my wondering, questioning look as I passed by them because the young lady said ” I just caught a wish!”  

She opened her hand to show a dandelion seed.

“It’s magical” said her friend. 

This moment made me smile as I remembered my childhood days of making wishes and blowing dandelion puffs. 

Magical garden

A field of Dandelion puffs

A childhood delight


Posted in Haiga, Haiku, Haiku Horizons Weekly Prompt, May 2016

Skipping Stones

skipping stones on the river--Haiku
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2016
Image By Killy Ridols (Patagonia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

I grew up in the Midwest, in the country, and my childhood home was very near to Des Plaines River.  My brother and I spent many of our youthful days at the river.   In the summer we would be fishing and skipping stones, and in the winter ice skating.
This week’s Haiku Horizon Prompt “skip” caused me to remember those fun times we had trying to skip stones across the river. 🙂

Haiku Horizons Weekly Challenge:  Week #117  Prompt: Skip

Little did I know that there are actually “Stone Skipping Championships”!
Visit this LINK to watch a man skip a stone 51 times across the water to win the world record!