A Russle


(Took this photo in the park, a tree sanctuary. I often wonder how this shape came to be)



a quiet russle

grows to excited chatter

a swift breeze moves through

as I near the shaded grove

I pause at the sound of change

Pat R




Over at Colleen’s it’s theme week. This is the quote we are using for inspiration, provided by Sue Vincent. To read more or to participate go here.

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse



pieces of my life
on bits of paper mingle
with the coins
in my pocket – the poem
continues to elude me


synonym: elude

synonym: coins

For Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge where the prompt words are Change & Defy ( using synonyms)



in trees, suttle signs
as autumn rounds the corner
more visible sky
Pat R


For Haiku Horizons where the prompt is Corner.

And, coincidentally:) for Frank Tassone Haikai Challenge – referencing Autumn

Time & Laughter

Photo : A park near me.

fallen leaves are brown
bare branches now face deep frost
how time has moved on
through weary bones, but laughter
tends my soul holding time still

Pat R


#Tanka Tuesday

#Daily Haiku Challenge

Autumn night

autumn night
promise of change is in the air
time moves on



aki no yo o uchi kuzushitaru hanashi kana

autumn night
dashed to bits
in conversation

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Challenge is to try to write an all new haiku with the same mood and spirit as the given one to pay tribute to Basho’s poetry skills.

Host’s attempt:

on the porch
a moment of silence
the sound of rain

© Chèvrefeuille


End of the Month

We are on the trail with Basho

end of the month
no moon hugging an ancient cedar
in the storm

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

A translation:

moonless night . . .
a powerful wind embraces
the ancient cedars

© Basho (Tr. ?)


I bow my head
in worship of the holy sunrise
at Ise Shrine

© Chèvrefeuille

From these I got a sense change and loss.


blooms double in size
spring eases close to summer
end of the month


For further reading on prompt follow link