#AtoZChallenge ‘U is for Umbrella’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

This photo was lent by my friend and colleague Mari Carmen Rios. 
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Umbrella

Cracked wall, weathered door

Multicoloured umbrella

Both sides of our coins

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

 

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘T is for Three Trees’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Tree 1

Tired branches twist

While sun breaks through dangling leaves

Proud tree weeps alone

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Tree 2

Buttercups look up  

Weary olive tree recalls

When it bloomed in spring

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Tree 3

Lofty palm tree sways

Leaves scrape salmon tinged dusk sky

A feast for my eyes

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘S is for #SundayWalks’ #Tanka #PoemADay #PoetryMonth

Sunday Walks

Follow slim footpaths

By the banks of the river,

Breathe moist air. Connect

With the nymph of your childhood,

Refresh heavy thoughts, move on.

I was fortunate enough to take a long, energizing walk with my daughter and grandchildren this morning, along the luscious, verdant path, by the banks of the river.

Memorable moments. 

I hope you had time to take a restoring walk this Sunday.

#AtoZChallenge ‘R is for Rainbow’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

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Rainbow

Under the rainbow 

Somewhere a wish is granted

Bluebird sings love song

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another grou of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘P is for Pure White’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Today I’d like to thank Paul Militaru for this beautiful photo which he recently posted on his blog,  Check out his blog, where you can see all his fabulous photographs.

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Pure White

Pure white daisies smile

Like bridesmaids at a wedding

Dancing while groom waits

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘O is for Ocean’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

Ocean’s highest peak

Proud remains of Atlantis

Plane soars unimpressed

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The first photo was taken by my cousin Mirta, who lives on the island of Tenerife, where you can find El Teide, a volcano, known as the highest peak in the Atlantic Ocean. I took the second photo from a plane on my way there last year.
Some have identified The Canary Islands as the last visible remains of the mythical Island of Atlantis, an ideal state described by Plato, who reported it was submerged into the Atlantic Ocean by discontent deities.
However there’s a fine line between myth and reality. Many myths have been proved to be real, after all the city of Troy and the Trojan Wars were thought to have been mythical imaginations reported in Homer’s Illiad, until they were discovered by archaeologists in the 1870s. 
Who knows what will be found in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean when technology and finance are available?

My daughter took this picture, much closer to the volcano, a few months ago.

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

#AtoZChallenge ‘N is for New York’ #Haiku #NaPoWriMo #PoetryMonth

This is another photo taken by Gabriela, one of my best friends and colleagues, from One World Trade Center Observatory, when she was visiting New York last summer.
Two Haiku today. I’d say New York deserves some special treatment!
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New York

Sleepless in New York
Sirens, movie scenes, bright lights
Where dreams are made of
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Find Lazarus’ muse
Hidden in concrete jungle
Promised land shines bright

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I found the inspiration for my haiku from Gabriela’s photograph and also from Alicia Keys song ‘Empire State of Mind’, below, and Emma Lazarus poem, ‘The New Colossus’, further down.

I’m devastated that the last time I visited New York was in 2009, and I didn’t have a smart phone, or a good camera, so none of my own photos are good enough to share, but the good news is, I really need to go back and take some photos!

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) poem, ‘The New Colossus’, was cast onto a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal’s lower level.

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I recently came across hundreds of Haiku about New York, written by ‘New Yorkers’. For National Poetry Month, 2014, The New York Times asked readers to write haiku about the city: three lines of five, seven and five syllables. The response was more than 2,800 submissions in 10 days of fabulous poems, check them out, there are plenty online.

You can also buy a selection in the following book:

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This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a haiku a day, but I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?