WHAT SPARKS! Best to You

I love the Sprinkles and Sparklers I find in my corner of the world.  These are the folks  who get on with life and share their glamour often from the mundane or hum-drum every-day-ness of “whatever” comes / their /way—maybe the Mail Delivery.

Now for a little bit larger Example:how about half-your-face-size Sugar Cookies and Lemonades taken on the Verandah whilst the Peace Roses blossom and showy Peonies serve their Sherbet-y colors with the Hostas.

With nary a word I can share the Sports Section of a Newspaper (remember those?) or do a one-on-one  Competitive Reading of Short Stories from O. Henry or Neil Gaiman vs the Poems of a New Yorker magazine from May 1999, 2001, 2010.

I read an opening sentence on a blog post today, “When you grow older you find that there are few things that really excite you any longer.”  

Pshaw! Said the Sparkler. 

Nonsense, exclaimed the Sprinkler.

I tell you, finding a ‘lost’ tube of Hooker’s Green thrilled my socks off and I’m exuberant to get to get older.

Best to You, and your Sprinkles and Sparklers

30 May, 2021

Gogyohka, a Five Line Poem

The first snow perhaps the first freezing temperatures have gone. Until late November the salvia were blooming blue and Gerber daisies were full of warm colors.

Here’s a go at composing a gogyohka.

the autumn rose
dry leaves resist the wind
bruised seed cases
recall the bloom
recall the bud

© 03-12-20

Gogyohka (go-gee-yoh-kuh)

This poetic form was developed by Enta Kusakabe and means a “five-line poem” in Japanese. In that they may resemble the tanka or the cinquain.

The format is mainly five lines, however, four, or six lines are allowed and employs a free-verse style that seldom rhymes.

Each line is one breath in length.

These poems are usually untitled.

Haiku, 02-12-20

the cold cabin

winter drizzle —

small bitter grape


I keep notebooks for many of my interests. I like visiting notebooks and in this case I read some two year old poems. This one is new but I was in a similar spot back then. The wild grape is still producing but by this time of year the fruit is about the size of a peppercorn, 5 mm (0.20 in), or so. It is severely bitter, iron rations for critters.

Obscured Moon, hay(na)ku

Obscured Moon, hay(na)ku

eclipses —

light tricks

and the moon

© ’20

Notes Hay(na)ku

  • A poetic form created in 2003 by poet Eileen Tabios
  • Is a 3-line poem with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third
  • Rhyme is optional but rare
  • Multiple hay(na)ku that make a longer poem are fine
  • Also poets linking is easy and a fun activity



last longer

than cucumbers do



taste better

than cucumbers too

Leaving the Winter Woods

Leaving the Winter Woods


the winter woods

light strikes all the way through

still darkness, shadows in plain sight —

fox barks


I copied Adelaide Crapsey, a twentieth-century poet, who wrote cinquain with 22 syllables in five lines as a 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 pattern. 

Her poems feel similar to Japanese tanka, another five-line form, and share a designed focus on imagery and the natural world.

Failed Haiku

I wrote five concepts about writing haiku in my journal. I share one.


I desire to be a master haiku maker. Practice and reflection are my key activities. My audience is the proverbial studio dog, who is biased. My judgment may be suspect.  I must be diligent in artistic purpose, grasp the situation sufficiently to write, keep necessary  tools on hand, and possess a good work ethic.  

I write haiku in English and follow current modes of writing.

Failed haiku

Previously published poems are excoriated by many haiku publications.  Failed haiku are rejected poems.

I might consider a rejected haiku as rubbish. I do not.

If a haiku of mine is accepted I do not think it is a gem. It is not.

On the theme / prompt of “connections with others” this is my rejected ku:

unrequited itch —

quarantine   d

Failed haiku do not exist. This ku  above has no future. Editing wholesale is almost useless for me because I write to capture the moment, the image, the idea  before it’s gone.

Perhaps I can tweak the arrangement.

I plan to submit other haiku all around the poetry world.

A master is flexible.

A Northern Autumn, Cinquain

A Northern Autumn, Cinquain


bland carcasses — 

seeds have flown on the wind,

Monarchs  cruise in southern precincts —


c. Lemuel ’20

Instincts have to do with behaviors related to animals. Plants, bacteria and viruses exhibit tropisms or responses to the environment. In my imagination I can create a milkweed being no more attached to their seeds than a typical migratory butterfly would be to their eggs, Nemo and Marlin of “Finding Nemo” in the Great Barrier Reef notwithstanding.

I wrote this poem, as a cinquain, but for fun I adapted the form a little.

I relied upon Adelaide Crapsey, a twentieth-century poet who used a form of 22 syllables in five lines as a 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 pattern. Some say her poems are similar to Japanese tanka, a five-line form, and share a designed focus on imagery and the natural world.