Haiku/Senryu Challenge (12/02/19)

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 282 Haze / Sand

Alone in the haze
The loon’s night-call floats in air
-Sand sticks to my toes

Lapping waves and jumping frogs
Bits of sound, lakeside rhythm

                                                              -CJ Holm

Haiku/Senryu Challenge (12/02/19)


Halloween Joy

Old Fashion Rhyme

Seventeen spirits came to our door
All left with candy, some wanting more.
Toddling children, all with a sack
Followed by parents escorting their pack.

Hands smudged and sticky, they returned to their homes
Lip-smacking sweetness all dancing like gnomes.
Thank heaven for parents, who moved with a plan
And loaded them safely back into their van.

-cj holm

and then a Tanka

Small playground shadows
dressed for their costumed delight
-whispers in the night

Anxious souls peer through shutters
Offer treats by porch-light glow

-cj holm



Textured PickPik Forest Image Source Image

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 278 Vapor / Howl

Grey twilight vapors
drift on twisted woodland trails
-Black howls at night

Anxious souls hunt for refuge
Pounding hearts seek night’s cover

                                                -CJ Holm

Haiku/Senryu Challenge (11/4/19)



Sometimes a picture stays with me, nudging my soul; and as I try to find the perfect words, each revision continually falls short. Perhaps that’s what poetry is for me – An unending search to assign meaning to life’s unique events

Here is yet another attempt to capture a small moment

Autumn’s sweetest rose
touched by flames of fall fire
-and a bit of frost

-cj holm

Thought progression of a Haiku



Karol Bak – oil on canvas

Kafkaish image
of soul’s transition from life
-Angel or devil?

                                     -cj holm

I post therefore I make mistakes… Got a problem with that!

Some of you may know that I took early retirement from my marketing position due to health issues.
Years of pressure and stress has taken its toll on me. While I survived a major stroke a number of years ago, I still suffer from manageable Aphasia and memory loss problems. This was recently amplified by heart issues resulting in a triple bypass.
I resigned my position because I could no longer trust what I thought I was saying or writing was accurate.
I started writing Haiku and Senryu because they allowed me to work in a smaller format. I find it is too easy for me to get lost in my words when writing longer posts. The freedom from word count, rhyming, and rules that the forms offer, suits me
So if you observe me omitting words or notice I make multiple corrections to my posts, just chalk it up to someone who will never be a professional writer and just wants to share his thoughts.

Empty Eyes

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 269 Coping / Support

In my gloomy whole
find no joy here or support
-writing is coping

Writing about memories
is my tunnel to escape

                                       -CJ Holm

Haiku/Senryu Challenge (9/2/19)