Tanka History

tree leaves,sun in black and white,

heavy afternoon air
choices to make
but I can’t catch my breath
too much to handle at once


I just love the Tanka, here is some history on it:

Tankas often appear inside or alongside longer prose or narrative works. Lady Murasaki Shikibu’s foundational prose work The Tale of Genji, which dates to the early eleventh century and is sometimes called the world’s first novel, contains more than four hundred tankas. Many of the great tanka court poets were women, such as Akazome Emon (956–1041), Ono no Komachi (ca. 825–ca. 900), and Izumi Shikibu (ca. 970–1030). Here is one of Princess Nukata’s (ca. 630–690) tankas, “Yearning for the Emperor Tenji,” collected in the Man’yōshū:

     While, waiting for you,
My heart is filled with longing,
The autumn wind blows—
As if it were you—
Swaying the bamboo blinds of my door.

Starting in the nineteenth century, poets began to reconsider, reconfigure, and modernize the highly codified tanka form. This is especially evident in the work of the tanka poet Ishikawa Takuboku (1886–1912). The New Poetry Society, or Myōjō Poets (Morning Star Poets), and their chief rivals, the Negishi Tanka Society, brought tanka into the twentieth century. This traditional mood poem opened up to the currents of modern social and political life.


Haiku Laid Bare

panda bear,zoo animal,asleep,

bare feet on the deck
business pants getting caught underfoot
end of the day

July 18, 2016


I will go ahead and share my work haiku and get it out of the way. It will be meaningful to someone, probably. I am a stay at home mom again, and I am enjoying it, so I feel disconnected from these poems now.

May is an extremely busy month for me every year, and as most of you know I usually throw up posts in a hurry and read your comments when I can. Just remember, I’m not going anywhere, I’m just busy.

Summer Night Haiku

moon slowly enters
giving our family
a long summer night


Are you enjoying the summer nights with your family?

heart shaped moon,blurred photo,nighttime photography,night time shoot,full moon,

The moon blurred into a heart when I took the photo.

New Summer Old Goals

exquisite night for

a walk through the neighborhood

new summer old goals



I wrote this for #haikuchallenge on Twitter. I wrote it in Spring, but I am posting it on the first day of Summer. Do you have any old or new goals for the summer?


2014 Senryu


a new me
my sunburn has peeled
July 2014


The picture above was taken in 2014. It is hard to find pictures of me by myself so here is one of me and my husband.

I don’t know why I haven’t shared all of my 2014 haiku with you guys, but I haven’t. I tried to go back through my old haiku in April, which is National Poetry Month and share all of the haiku that I had been too scared to share. Some of it I hadn’t shared because I was waiting for a good post, or a cute story to go with it and it never came so I shared without words. Leave me a comment and tell me if you prefer posts with just the poems and no words.

Summer Sunshine


his face when
we give him a new toy
summer sunshine



Day 20 NaHaiWriMo 2017

scribbles in a notebook,poetry notebook,writing,blogging,haiku,writer,poet,

Symanntha Renn

ripe strawberries
the tart taste of summer
tall girl child


Today’s prompt is “nature” but something unique to your region. I tried and tried to think of something but couldn’t think of anything that was worthy of a haiku. So I wrote about my family picking fresh produce in our own gardens and how many of us are redheads.

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Summertime Again

daisy weeds


Summertime again
seeing flowers bloom
son needs longer pants

Written in January of 2016.


Dead Leaf Haiku

wind blows dead leaf
which is crazy because
it’s summer

summertime,summer,tree,malard duck

It is summer in my part of the world. What do you do during summer? What do you see during summer in your part of the world?

Summer Sun Haiku

sun, setting sun, beautiful sky, water tower, sun setting

sticky skin

mosquitoes buzz

summer sun sets



How was your summer?

summertime laughter

plastic bat and ball

ball hidden in grass

little boys plain to see

summertime laughter



There are few things greater than watching my son play baseball with the neighborhood kids.

What outside things did you do with your kids this summer?