Haiku/Tanka Challenge (6/8/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 309 – Break / Glass

Tempests move quickly
Breaking storm fronts high to low
-Glass cracks from pressure

Nature seeks to smooth a ridge
Sometimes hail will quench a fire

                                                           ©2020 cj holm




Decima Poetry Challenge


Late after dark city started burning
Unknown looters were running around
The people carried angry fire downtown
Hands up the crowds disappointment is churning.

Equal treatment is what they are yearning.
For too long resentment has been on hold!
For too long our stories been untold,
By men who have held power and great means.
Fire set in cities, the torch burns and cleans,
Fire burned injustice it’s our day, behold!

                                                               ©2020 cj holm


This is my first attempt at Decima Poetry. The rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc. Ronovan’s challenge was to use “Fire” in the “a” spot of the pattern. I cheated and used Fire as a topic. Decima poetry is brand new to me even though it is centuries old. (Sometimes it’s good to force a Swedish/German to learn new things.   Thank you Ronovan for the stretch!



Haiku/Senryu Challenge (5/25/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 307 Open / Close


CDC Graph

Our public question
Close while flattening the curve
Open for commerce

Not a choice of right or wrong
Just what’s it worth to be strong?

                                           ©2020 cj holm



Haiku/Senryu Challenge (5/18/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 306 Cloak / Race

American Progress

“American Progress”
-John Gast

The land was stolen
Under cloak of destiny
-Justified by race

                               ©2020 cj holm
“The tribes of Indians inhabiting this country were fierce savages, whose occupations was war, and whose subsistence was drawn chiefly from the forest… That law which regulates, and ought to regulate in general, the relations between the conqueror and conquered was incapable of application to a people under such circumstances… Discovery gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy, either by purchase or by conquest.”
 -Chief Justice John Marshall,
Johnson and Graham Lessee v. William M’Intosh, 1823


Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge (5/18/20)



Haiku/Senryu Challenge (5/11/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 305 Conflict / Gypsy

Gleaming gypsy gold
Nighttime dreams spun out of straw
-Light conflicts with stars

                                               ©2020 cj holm

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge (5/11/20)



“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
                                                              -Oscar Wilde

Haiku/Senryu Challenge (5/4/20)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 304 Might / Slight

His bobsled careens
down the mighty mountain course
-after a slight push

                                        ©2020 cj holm
Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge (5/4/20)



Haiku/Senryu Challenge 4/13/2020

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 301 Cake / Steak

Cook’s best cut of steak
Served with light Angel Food Cake
-Prisoner’s last meal

                                    ©2020 cj holm
Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge (4/13/20)