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We took a day trip on the water taxi to Stradbroke, armed with only an iPhone as camera.  Back to playing with haiku with these three photographs.

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Bluebottle poses

(with tassels tucked underneath)

as a small pillow.

bluebottle-stradbroke-island

Scattered randomly,

beach obstacles in the sand,

– driftwood as sculpture.

driftwood-stradbroke-island

Skipping over waves,

a kite surfer grabs cross-winds

for the love of speed.

kitesurfer-stradbroke-island

Many of us are familiar with the Japanese haiku form of verse. Here’s another one, with which I was unfamiliar until recently. Shadow Poetry has a good explanation of Tanka.

There are, of course, many more subtle components of the verse than its 5-7-5-7-7 or 31 syllable shape. You can always aspire to reaching higher expression of the form. In the meantime, it’s fun and satisfying to play with it as a container. If, like me, you are in the habit of writing down the odd phrase that occurs to you, the Tanka provides a good starting point to use the idea.  In this case, my phrase was the sound of one frond dropping.

Four Trees

photo from istockphoto

you don’t hear the sound

that silence before the fall

only with the break

that crack of separation

the sound of one frond dropping

Lynn Buckler Walsh

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