Poetry challenge: Seasons. The entries

Poetry challenge #4 was on the theme of seasons and once again, I received a harvest of beautiful short poems. Here they are, in order of arrival.

Ben Naga was first this week with an autumn tanka.

INTOXICATING

Another Autumn
The mushrooms work their magic
Appearing, fruiting, dying
A year older certainly
A little wiser? Let’s see

https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/intoxicating/

then a year’s worth of seasons in a haiku

SEASONING – THE SPICE OF LIFE

Nature Springs to life
Summersaults, leaves with Autumn
Winter drawers on now.

and just to show that he can, a sept.

HEARTS AND FLOWERS

We
Can’t wait
Celebrate
Valentine’s Day
As the first
Day of
Spring

https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/hearts-and-flowers/

Then we get the cherry on the cake.

WHOLESOMENESS

Everyone praises Spring
Summer and Autumn while
Winter gets a bad rap
Ego got in the way

https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/wholesomeness-a-four-by-six/

Thanks Ben, the rest of us can go home now 🙂

Peter Bouchier sent this musical haiku:

https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/tempest/

and as a reward for producing a new poem, I’m linking to three of his older poems too.
1. https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/autumn-leave/
2. https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/seasons-of-life/
3. https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/stormy-haiku/

Veronica Hosking sent in a couplet of septs—a nudge and a wink to Douglas Adams fans.

Keep
Towel
Near-at-hand
Hitchhike across
Galaxy
Panic
Free

Great
Autumn
Forty-two
Omniscient year
Universe
Reveals
All

https://vhosking.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/once-upon-forty-two-years/

Having complained bitterly about being forced to try something new, Ali Isaac produced a whole string of little gems.

Autumn Sept

Leaves
fall, red
as blood, gold
sun-drops from stiff
barren twigs,
summer’s
end.

Winter Haiku

Soft snow stifles sound
ice sparkles, crackles under
foot. Dark winter rules.

Spring Tanka

Ewes milk flows, lambs bleat,
her foot-steps green jaded land.
The Fiery One brings
tender warmth. Earth responds with
joy, season’s cycle renewed.

Summer Sept

Beach
Blue sky
Sand and sea
Endless sunshine
on bare skin
Childhood
dreams.

Kat Myrman also produced a delightful set of poems—a first for Kat too!
https://kmmyrman.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/seasons/

Someone else trying out a sept for the first time. Thanks Annie, I love it 🙂
http://gentlementalannie.com/2015/11/05/colors-of-fall-and-winter-poem/

All three forms in a beautifully coloured poem. Thanks Ken (I hope it’s Ken, easier to pronounce than rivrvlogr anyway :)).

Vibrant in Passing

autumn’s fashion show
displayed across Ozark bluffs
umber lacing green

reds
once green
framed in blue
slowly falling
from the sky
autumn
leaves

vibrant in passing
leaves dancing, grasping the air
the days of autumn
prelude to winter’s slumber
conjured by a simple frost

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/vibrant-in-passing/

A haiku and a sept from Janice. There’s obviously a story behind that sept.

https://ontheland.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/jane-dougherty-poetry-challenge-4-seasons/

As day yields to night,
summer surrenders to fall,
winds spread her bounty.

Fall
mist rises,
days shorten,
hearts stumble, ’til
golden brown
glimmer
cheers.

And of course somebody had to remind us that there is a winter among the milder seasons. Beautifully done.
http://elusivetrope.com/2015/11/09/unrequited/

Unrequited

each
footstep
sinks in cold
and rises in cold
frostbit blue
winter
trek

Thank you all for participating, and particularly for experimenting with new forms. I hope you’ll be contributing to the coming week’s challenge—theme posted tomorrow.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

6 thoughts on “Poetry challenge: Seasons. The entries”

  1. Fantastic! See, all in a day’s work… your challenge can’t be hard enough to have so many stunning submissions! How about a ghazal next???

    Erm… only joking! 😆😄😉

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