Mirror & Harbor

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a mirror image
the pair of swans off the pier –
a gliding tango
never far from each other
together a safe harbor

Pat R



Colleen Weekly Poetry Challenge


Smoke & Veil


Lately, I have been feeling like I have been living in Animal Farm. I hate that damn book! I read it in my infancy. I was twelve, and it was my first year of High School. Yes, back then we started High School at 12 and finished at 17. I loved that book! That is, until my teacher busted my bubble. Class discussions opened my eyes to the fact that this book was about humans behaving very badly. To this day I remember the quote I asked the most questions about in class. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”. I hate that damn book!


smoke unfurls-
a veil of antics
hides fire

Pat R



Colleen Chesebro Weekly Photo challenge


Spring Passes

spring passes –
fading peonies
in deep bow

Pat R





An Autumn Leaf

now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other—thus it falls,
an autumn leaf
© Ryokan Taigu

as it falls through the stillness
a final playful tumble

Pat R


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Daily Haiku Challenge

Tan Renga-First Autumn Morning

first autumn morning
the mirror I stare into
shows my father’s face
© Murakami Kijo

a clear reflection of words
not spoken, and time misspent

Pat R



Carpe Diem Haiku Tan Renga Challenge