Tanka for a dream of cooler weather

It’s still far too hot here. Up again to 38°C/100°F and it’s going to be hot all this week. The break in the weather gets put back further every day.

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge.

receding into
the distance the autumn mists
cool of orange leaves
we thought we could bear no more
flames—I hear their crackling still

Tankas for summer’s end

A clutch of tankas for Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge.

august sunset2

twilight and the air

trills to strings of insect legs

katydids sing

to the setting sun rising

moon and the end of summer


cooling the air

the year birds leave following

the heat

katydids stay to play

Titanic orchestra


throb thrill thrum

not melodious

but katydid beat

is the rhythm of the heat

late summer’s final dance

gogyohka for stormy dark

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. a stormy sequence.


half the day is dark

for some the half-light too

when things are unclear

and mysteries slip

between light and shadow



the reverse of light swells

when birds settle with folded wings

and prowls the rustling grasses

on determined feet


feet pad silently

except for crackling of leaves in August drought

amid the gentle sighing of boughs

in the cooling air

cradling pigeons


pigeons fall silent

when dusk fades

from dying gold to feather-grey

hush among the leaves

still heavy with heat


heat rises

swells in waves of cloud

crackling with lightning

sparks of faulty connections

illuminating the underbelly of the storm


Haiku sequence for the Sturgeon moon

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. Lots of moons.


in the shallows

of the sky clouds shoal

a beam of silver


in the half-light

between bright day and dark night

moon rises


caught in waving

tree fronds framing a sky pool

the moon


in a silver pool

of tree-kelp swims the moon

as sturgeon fish