April 4, 2020

Ephrastic April, Day 4: "Oh, Don't Hurt Me! Cried Tom..."


"Oh, Don't Hurt Me! Cried Tom..." illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith [1863-1935] from The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley (1916).

under the sea

the rule is simple--
eat or be eaten

no wondering if
someone has decided
you don't need to eat


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

April 3, 2020

Ephrastic April, Day 3: "Woman Sewing"


"Woman Sewing" (1890) by Harriet Backer [1845-1932].

all week the rain

then today the sun
arrived bright and warm

the task I had put off
for much too long
becomes a respite


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

April 2, 2020

Ephrastic April, Day 2: "Elegant Woman on a Winter's Walk"


"Elegant Woman on a Winter's Walk" (date unknown) by Louise Abbéma [1853-1927].

if not for the ice

the gulls would
be well-fed

and there would
be no excuse not to end
the uncertainty


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

April 1, 2020

Ephrastic April, Day 1: "Young Fisherman Looking at Sea"

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2020 edition of Ekphrastic April in celebration of National Poetry Month. Come back each day during April for works of art created by women, each one is accompanied by an original cherita inspired by the work. Haiku Sticky and Happy Haiga Day! posts will resume in May.


"Young Fisherman Looking at Sea" (date unknown) by Virginie Demont-Breton [1859-1935].

storm rages

a young fisherman watches
what is out of his control

all he can do is dress
for the weather and trust
his mates are heedful


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

March 31, 2020

Haiku Sticky #544

This will be the last sticky until May 5. Tomorrow Ekphrastic April begins and every day of the month will feature a work of art and a cherita. This is my small contribution to National Poetry Month.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

a therapeutic walk

taken under shelter
of an umbrella

one comes to regret
the sunny days
we let pass by

March 29, 2020

Happy Haiga Day!


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Text:

indoor cat
squeezes out all she can
...early spring sun

March 24, 2020

Haiku Sticky #543


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Text:

social distancing
one-way conversation
with a mockingbird