Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 68 – Medals & Memories

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 68 – Medals & Memories

Medals and trophies

Stories of discipline

Long hours of training

Competitions and races

Memories of victories

Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 68 – Medals & Memories

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 65 – Dancing & Freedom

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 65 – Dancing & Freedom

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Released from bondage

Freedom joyfully embraced

Painful memories

Disappeared in far distance

Twirl in heavenly dancing

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Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 65 – Dancing & Freedom

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51: GIFT & SONG

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My daughter Mercy’s baby is arriving any minutes by now. I still remember back in March when we skyped and talked with each other. Mercy and Will showed us the ultrasound film. We made a virtual hug at the end. The joy of parenthood, the wonder of bringing a new life into this word were so overwhelmed. Mercy has been excited and celebrated the process by capturing the moments in photos. The family and community are so enthusiastic and supportive. This gives them a firm assurance and confidence.

Song of lullaby

Watching baby’s sleepy eyes

Overwhelming joy

Parents’ faces radiate

Gift of fulfillment resides

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 61 – Explosion & Blocked

This is the prompt of Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge Week 61 – Explosion & Blocked

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China’s latest population data reveals that male population is currently 708.15 million, with a female population of 674.56 million. This marks China’s problem with gender imbalance, as there are now 33.5 million more men than women.  January 23, 2017

Explosion blocked, for

Over population, thus

One child family

Thirty-five long years later

Skewed sex is the new problem

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Note: In 1979, China imposed a one-child family policy. For Chinese, having a son means carrying on the name of the family. Women would try their best to have a son. On October 29, 2015, it was reported that the existing law would be changed to a two-child policy, but it didn’t reverse the impact of the previous 35 years.

Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge Week 61 – Explosion & Blocked

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 60 – Space & Dream

The prompt for Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka prompt Challenge is Space & Dream 

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Space & Dream

Aurora wonder

Amazing phenomena

Dream vacation, to

Observe electrical charged

Light Show dancing in the space

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Kiwinana’s Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge: Week 60 – Space & Dream

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

This is my first entry of Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, and the first Haibun I have written.

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

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Stone Wall

Stone wall standing between the next door neighbor and our home, built to the maximum height of six feet tall. The neighbor originated the idea as I remember.  The new neighbor took a different turn. Neither the branches of my trees nor leaves of my plants are welcome to extend past the wall. I trimmed the orange tree to a half dome shape and make my plants behave.

Stone wall separates

Faces, communications

Turn to lone castles

The neighbor on the other side greets me in the morning, praises the plants and flowers in my garden. This is one of the two neighbors of twenty-five years. Other homes have a great turn over. New people seem to have stone faces. I try to reach out, yet favors didn’t receive any return.

Mystery of faces

Impenetrable stone

Some turns we have made

Retrieve to cautious islands

Never give, never receive

We had a neighborhood watch. A neighbor rang the doorbell when our garage door was still open at midnight. Where did the friendly neighbors go? Why have the neighborhood parties slipped away? I wonder!

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN