TJ has come up with another very evocative theme for his haiku challenge. I hope you enjoy my take on it.
Bejewelled with dew
The slack invisible threads
Catch us by surprise
I loved the picture prompt from TJ this week. The idea of an abandoned, broken piano in an abandoned, forbidding old prison was rather sad but was also a rather more optimistic metaphor for life in general sometimes …
Though trapped and broken
We still sing with the right touch
The spirit roams free
Imprisoned by age
We still sing with the right touch
Though old and broken
This is a fun challenge from TJ this week, and a lovely photograph. I have to admit that nasturtiums are one of my favourite flowers. Weeds are in the eye of the beholder!
AND I realise belatedly that I have omitted to acknowledge the taker of the beautiful picture below, Helene Parish, who very kindly gave me permission to use it. Check out her blog for more fabulous pictures.
Urchins in the elegance
This week I saw in TJ’s photo a rather lovely metaphor for the art of ageing gracefully together with one’s significant other.
Enhance each other’s beauty
In encroaching dusk
Soft light and silver enhance each other’s beauty.
Enhance each other’s beauty in encroaching dusk.
I forgot to post this last week. But seeing it was here in drafts ready to go, I have dropped it onto my blog.
Another great prompt image and word from TJ this week. I have gone with a play on the prompt word ‘pen’ this week. Hopefully not too laborious …
The art of fencing enables one to build a pen to confine livestock, or to defend oneself against attack and remain free.
A boundary to confine
Or weapon to free
I’m sure a journey around TJ’s house would be a fascinating experience. He has some beautiful things, judging by the photographs he treats us to so regularly. This week he gives us for his haiku challenge not only lustrous old silver but a sumptuous fabric upon which the spoons lie.
I hope my haiku will not make me sound greedy … but there you are, maybe I am. Perhaps the sad truth is that getting older makes one not less avid, but maybe moreso.
Not to taste but to devour
All that life offers
I love trying my hand at these challenges. TJ’s photos are always interesting and evocative. This figurine has an alive and suffering look that is most arresting. The figurine’s age and the fact that Galle’s glass is far more famous and desired by collectors than his majolica lends the image a certain sadness. Thank goodness TJ rescued it and I am sure it now has pride of place in his collection.
Never to be leading light
Blind glazed pain lives on
Pegging away slowly on my next work … into the first edit, always a frustrating time. One feels perhaps one has got lost along the way when one goes back and reads one’s work sometimes. Ah well.
So a little breather and a change of pace with TJ.
Birds, boat, branches, banks, building
Bridge between cultures.
The quaint irony of the Willow Pattern is that the romantic story behind it was made up by the British manufacturers to give context to the Chinese ware that inspired this very popular product, as an added sales pitch! My modest effort is designed to read:
Rhapsody in blue; birds, boat, branches, banks, building.
Birds, boat, branches, banks building bridge between two cultures.
A lovely image from TJ as usual, for his household challenge – where does he get his ideas? Again, I presume to borrow from him … and pay him with a compliment!
Another great prompt from TJ’s Haiku Challenge this week. Keys … the possibilities are many. I love TJ’s haiku, and here is mine – once again using TJ’s lovely photograph to illustrate.
The frustration of being unable to make something work.
So many chances given
Every one a fail.