Saturday, February 23, 2019

Spring comes early in Texas

February one
Spring comes early in Texas
Rose's bright red bloom
Fine tuned for first day of spring
Orange red hibiscus too

Pansies die make room
Vincas ready take their place
Tulips and lilies
Young man's fancy turns to love
Flowers for girl he's courting
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 - Photos and Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - I'm linked with Toni Spencer in the Imaginary Garden at
 - Toni's word to us, "The Japanese are all about honoring the seasons and nature... Remember: haiku must use a kigo and a kireji (a cutting word), be in the moment (sort of like a photograph) and have three lines: 5-7-5 syllable count or, short-long-short lines. Please write no more than 10 lines. In the Japanese tradition make it brief, to the point, and without a lot of flowery description. It is all about the season."  Read more about this at the link above.  
 - My verses are cousins of the Haiku, a TankaTanka's start with the same syllable count, 5-7-5 and then add two more seven syllable count lines.  Most times the two additional lines will have the Kireji or be of a different vein that the other three were following.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Dog followed by a mangy three

Three poems following a dog, 
up and down hills traversing city streets
And if they can't keep the pace 
there will come a kick in the rear 
by giant goose to speed them up

So here are the actors for you
Each a poem in itself
Written on their wheely chests

This poem is a taxicab gaily flying colors 
Color her red for the city snobs
Or yellow for the old and feeble
Green for the purists 
who won't waste a dime, a tree, 
or even a rabbit's foot and some who 
just plain don't like the walk

This poem is a minibus 
hobnobbing for fares of the day
Every morning comes the preacher's wife
riding while the pastor runs
She'll say a prayer for you or cuss you out
which ever her spirit calls
Sitting beside her are six school teachers
who'll argue you blind while you 
sharpen your pencil and think 
The wrestling team is skipping school 
so meet them at the park  

This poem is a cargo truck trying 
to show some pizzazz while at work
The truck chugs along driven by a 
nincompoop who can't count to ten 
Unless its money for then he'll pinch every 
penny making sure you've paid him right 
Today it's sows to market and tomorrow 
a wedding party who's renewing their vows 
Turns out the sows do vows and ladies do market 
They all ride home together, oh what a smell 

The taxicab and the minibus and the cargo truck too
They all get speeding tickets and arrested 
for overload -- the nincompoop pays 
out of his burning pockets 
The pastor's wife cries while 
the wedding party pours champagne 
even then the taxicab digs out 
the purple flags 

Purists cry and pet the dog 
in the park 

   [click on the picture for large size viewing]
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved 
 - I am linked with Sherry Blue Sky in the Imaginary Garden at 
 - Go there to read about Hannah's "Boomerang Metaphor Form."  I'm sorry but my metaphors are weak, perhaps you can find a meaning in some.
 - My previous attempt to use this form was posted here,

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