Daily haiku, #MichiganLife

My early morning walk shared some late summer bloomers. The brilliant yellow of goldenrod captured my attention. No bird sounds—only a chorus of crickets greeted me. Goldenrod appears in late summer, so this plant denotes the kigo or season word. It's local to my area in Michigan. See how easy it is to create your… Continue reading Daily haiku, #MichiganLife

#TankaTuesday Haiku: Color Poetry

maple leaves on the green grass stippled with autumn © Colleen M. Chesebro In Haiku: A Poet's Guide by Lee Gurga, explains why we don't use similes or metaphors in haiku because "...figurative images present things not as they are in themselves but in relation to something else." He adds: "Nouns are the meat of… Continue reading #TankaTuesday Haiku: Color Poetry

#TankaTuesday, haiku, #ShareYourDay

For #TankaTuesday, it's #Share Your Day. My neighbor's sunflowers caught my attention, but before I could grab a photo, they'd cut them down. The tall stalks wilted against the heat of the Michigan summer. I chose the kigo season word: sunflower (himawari, late summer). This is a flower that blooms where I live in Michigan in… Continue reading #TankaTuesday, haiku, #ShareYourDay

The Colors of Spring, haiku sequence #TankaTuesday

the smell of spring...green grassesundulate and wave daffodil—alone in a fieldmellow yellow thin mistgray clouds mirrorreflections green leaf budsdrawing down the moonat twilight forsythiayellow petals fallin the mud pear blossoms—the goddess' white tearsspring hoarfrost For #TankaTuesday, I wrote a series of haiku. This week we were to use color in our poetry. Each kigo is… Continue reading The Colors of Spring, haiku sequence #TankaTuesday


I love haiku. They are one of my favorite syllabic forms to write. This haiku is written for #TankaTuesday and the specific form challenge. Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. In haiku, your subject will always be about nature. The use… Continue reading Haiku

#solo-renga, #haiku, #tanka

For Frank Tassone's challenge, I used the kigo "midsummer rain" for challenge #195 to write a solo renga: midsummer rain flows rivulets run down the street rainbow slicks glisten the heady scent of wet earth moisture adds a second skin © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro For challenge #196, "summer moon (natsu no tsuki) / Strawberry… Continue reading #solo-renga, #haiku, #tanka

“The Dryad,” #haiku

D. L. (Denise) Finn shared the image for this week's poetry challenge: Image credit: D. L. Finn I wrote a few haiku (not really a series) staying true to the rules of including a kigo (season word) and the pivot. I love the ethereal quality to this photo. There is plenty of magic to inspire… Continue reading “The Dryad,” #haiku

Haiku & Senryu

Many thanks to Frank for hosting this challenge. This week, Frank J. Tassone's Haikai Challenge is a Spring Trinity Challenge: DateKigo2/20remaining snow (zansetsu)2/27Snow moon (Yuki no tsuki)3/6waters warming (mizu nurumu) Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that allude to any of these kigo . Here’s how the… Continue reading Haiku & Senryu