The Wreckage of Autumn

the tyrant autumn hauls its ruinous wreckage in a windy wake: leaf skeletons, smears in mud, final traces of colour Kim M. Russell, 2016 My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #28 Teika’s Tenth Tanka Writing Technique “Demon-quelling” (prompt: autumn departs) Today Chèvrefeuille has brought us the last Tanka Writing Technique by Teika: demon-quelling – […]

Drawing the Heat of Embers

a piece of charcoal in the hand of an artist can perform magic sketches of a charcoal fire thaw the cold heart of winter Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor 25th Teika’s 9th Tanka Writing Technique “Exquisite Detail” (prompt: charcoal) Today Chèvrefeuille has presented Teika’s 9th […]

Przejście (Transition): the anonymous pedestrians of Wroclaw

the weight of bronze hearts sinks in anonymity below the junction daily traffic flows, feet tread and the disappeared return © Kim M. Russell, 2016 My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #22 Teika’s 8th Tanka Writing Technique – Novel Treatment (prompt: blues) and linked to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform In today’s episode of […]

Fragile Beauty

darkness is splintered by coloured light through stained glass echoes of rainbows will the homeless find solace in the warmth of the windows? © Kim M. Russell, 2016 My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #19 Teika’s 7th Tanka Writing Technique “clever treatment” (prompt: fragile beauty) In this new episode of our Tanka Splendor month Chèvrefeuille […]

Open to Dawn

adorned with a star hanging on broken hinges paint flakes from the gate open to a muddy field and a sky full of dawn light © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image by David Russell My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #16 Teika’s Sixth Tanka Writing Technique “visual description” (prompt: waterfall) Today Chèvrefeuille has brought us […]

Dance of Earth and Moon

in their tantric dance the earth and moon trip the light of a galaxy cheek to cheek and face to face inhaling each other’s breath © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #13 Teika’s Fifth Tanka Writing Technique “Lofty Style” (full moon) In this new episode of […]

Pebble on a Lonely Beach

brine-tumbled pebble abandoned by the ocean on a lonely beach I hear the wind’s threnody floating on the next high tide © Kim M. Russell, 2016 My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #10 Teika’s 4th Tanka Writing Technique – convicting feeling (abandoned beach) In Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor month, we are exploring the Ten Tanka […]

Stitching the Clouds

flying in a skein wintering geese embroider dense November skies decorating angry clouds with silken goose-foot stitches © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image by James MCallum found on http://www.ournorfolk.org.uk/ My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #7 Teika’s third Tanka Writing Technique “Elegant beauty” Today Chèvrefeuille has shared the third of Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika: […]

Single Black Feather

among high branches at the end of the garden silhouettes of crows a single black feather falls in kaleidoscope of leaves © Kim M. Russell, 2016 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #1 Teika’s first of Ten Tanka Writing Techniques “Mystery and Depth” I have arrived super late to the first […]