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#Tanka 39 — Peonies

Such extraversion,
peonies glow neon pink:
unmissable shout.
That girl with a crazy hat
brandishes her June paintbrush.

Monday Morning #Haiku 195 — Caterpillar

Moth caterpillar…
Wiggle, munch, all legs and hair:
wings, its destiny.

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[Image: courtesy of my son, Joshua Munns]

#Tanka 38 — War & Peace

Spring happens, despite.
Unable to change whole world,
ponder one flower.
Beyond the thump of war drums,
doves of peace sing their hearts out.

#Tanka 37 — Frogs & Toads

Oodles of water
chucked from grey into gulleys,
it rains frogs and toads.
The homeless warty man croaks,
if only it would rain coins.

Photos:

  • (Top) The Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
  • (Bottom) The Common Toad (Bufo bufo) 

Addendum 1

Identifying Frogs and Toads

  • Both types of amphibians belong to the order Anura.
  • Generally, frogs have long legs and smooth skin covered in mucus, while toads have short thick legs and rough thick skin, often covered in warts. However, there are a few frogs with warts, and toads with smooth, moist, slimy-looking skin.
  • The hind legs of frogs are more powerful than those of toads. Frogs take long high jumps, while toads run or take short hops.
  • Frogs have narrower bodies than toads.
  • Frogs have higher, rounder, more bulging eyes than toads.
  • Frogs lay their eggs in clusters and toads lay their eggs in long strands.
  • Frogs need to live near water to survive but toads do not.
  • Frogs have loads of predators but toads have few predators due to their bitter taste and smell.
  • Frog and toad tadpoles are equally vulnerable to predators.
  • Neither frogs nor toads will give you warts, despite the old wives’ tale to the contrary.

Addendum 2

Facts about Homelessness (according to the UK charity Shelter)

  • 300,000 (1 in 20) people in the UK are officially recorded as homeless or in inadequate accommodation.
  • 281,000 people are in temporary accommodation.
  • 21,000 people are in single homeless hostels and social services accommodation.
  • 4,500 people are sleeping rough.

Monday Morning #Haiku 187 & #Tanka 36 — Cliffs

Limpet clamped to rock
Centre of its universe
Cliffs irrelevant

Humans dice with death;
rocks only fall on others
’til they fall on you.
Eroded by wind and waves,
cliffs house skeletons galore.

Press Repeat, Nothing Changes: A Selection of Seasonal #Tanka Poems

Sun cuts low through trees,
Squirrels burrow under roots,
People chase daylight.
Winter solstice then Christmas
Hibernation ~ if only ~

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TinselTownpx

~National Grid alert~
Christmas stomping on the world:
an unwanted gift
their electricity bill
our indefinite future

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OldChristmasTree

Once crowned with a star,
it glittered in the firelight.
Last year’s Christmas tree
dumped, forgotten and homeless,
its chocolate coins melted.

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RainyStreet2px

Besieged on all sides,
chimneys whistle, timbers creak–
December gale.
Beyond, in cardboard city,
lie papier-mâché homes.

#Tanka 35 — Lakeside Etiquette

Greedy beaks rattle,
expectant of bread crust treats.
A duck brawl ensues.
Don’t these humans know the rule,
to bring food for the natives?

Monday Morning #Haiku 169 — Cake

Smell that fresh-baked cake;
inhale deep. Knife sinks slow,
jam oozes, crumbs tease.

Monday Morning #Haiku 158-160 — Foxgloves & Bees

Bumblebee size bells
Buzzing instead of ringing
Musical foxgloves
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Bees drift somnolent
Bindweed climbs up foxglove stems
Gardener unwinds
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Bees cart pollen home
Empty tubular bell blooms
Become pixie hats

#Tanka 32 — Storm

Charcoal clouds from north…
garden locked in somnolence
awaits first raindrops.
Storm hits, its broadside attack
an act of demolition.

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