7 Spring Haiku, 1 Tanka, 1 Poem, 1 Cinquain….



Some Haiku…

A pale crescent moon
The sky colored lavender
Nothing more to wish.

Acid green pollen
Stains the landscape of spring
Life-force of Nature.

Morning glories bloom
Entangling wrought-iron fence
Cold metal warms.

Dawn east-sky moon glows
A thin half-cup spills on soil
Seeds stretch out their arms.

Under a crescent moon
The black soil of the garden
Life anticipates.

Tibetan earthworms
Bring a halt to all labor
Here? Feed lazy koi.

Swifts- dark crescent moons
Sickles cutting through the dusk
Tag the slower bats.

One Cinquain…

like infant ghosts
fall mute on tender grass,
the wind rocks their woody cradles,
lulls them.

One Tanka….

Smell of rose blossoms
draws me around a corner
A black cat sits there
The finest brocade can not
Equal his petal softness.

In the Garden at Dawn

Dawn east-sky moon gleam
A golden half-cup greets the garden,
Hands deep in soil
Planting tender shoots of life
With a reverence feeding the soul
As seedlings feed flesh later to come.

There is God in this black soil,
Earthworms and tiny bits of life
Independent of will or wishes.
Golden moonbeams spill on this tilled earth
Like a benediction or blessing,
And bathes plants and planter with promise.

Jane Kohut-Bartels
Copyrighted, 2012-2016

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12 Responses to “7 Spring Haiku, 1 Tanka, 1 Poem, 1 Cinquain….”

  1. aprille Says:

    So refreshing. Really like your watercolour greenness and the gentle poetry is like a deep draught of Spring.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Aprille!

    I just tried (twice) to go to your blog, but damn this new computer!! LOL! All that comes up is a blue screen…and you are not the only poet that this happens too. I just don’t knoww hat is going on here, and I really want to read!

    I’ll try again…and again. I won’t forget you.

    Jane (Lady Nyo)


  3. brian miller Says:

    smiles…very cool…you give us almost a chp book today in all your verse…love how they play though…the contrast in the one that begins with acid and ends in life…the cat and the flower petals…god in the soil…i def agree with that…there is something almost putting your hands in it to bring forth new life…a joining….cool verse ma’am


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Brian,

    well this is the season of rebirth, and where both of us are on terra firma should be planting by now. Put in 18 tomatoes (mostly given by friends who grow the strangest Italian tomatoes….and they are authentic art forms….that weird.) arugula, radishes, cukes.

    Hope your garden grows. What is alarming is the ‘bee report’ on NPR today. A huge percentage of dead or non returning bees. We need to cultivate other pollen-spreaders….like bumble bees, wasps, hornets, and anything else that flutters from plant to plant. Blueberries are especially at risk, they say.

    I find enough religion in expressing random gratitude. The earth comes first, and then there are other ‘gods’. But we have distanced ourselves from the soil. We need to draw closer.

    A joining, indeed.

    Oh, glad you liked the clipped verse! LOL! Less is sometimes just less, and it’s each poet’s work to inflate their poetry. Or something like that.

    I am looking at my cinquains….5 years ago I did the majority of them, but the form is worth another peek.

    Spring is a light season, so must our poetry be also light?

    Jane….and I will have to get in an expert to show me how to connect this new computer to Blogger.com. Too many of hte poets I want to read are there. Your screen comes up orange. Good color but rhymes with nothing.


  5. marousia Says:

    Gorgeous writing as ever


  6. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Marousia.

    WHen I get my computer to respond to other sites, I’ll come over and read.



  7. charlesmashburn Says:

    As beautiful as the season. Very nice!


  8. ladynyo Says:

    thank you, Charles! such wee, tiny little things.

    Lady Nyo


  9. Beth Winter Says:

    I fell in love with the first haiku and as I read on, I wanted to snuggle in and feed the lazy koi. Wonderful.


  10. ladynyo Says:

    LOL!! Beth, that is the best comment another poet could get!

    Thank you!



  11. Tony Maude Says:

    Some lovely images here; I especially like the cinquain.


  12. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Tony.

    Cinquains are a little used form of poetry, it seems. It’s a lovely form and rather like tanka in some ways.

    Thank you for reading and your comment.

    Lady Nyo


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