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Day 23 (b) NaNoWriMo – shahai

sunset sky
swept up by silence
contrails trace the evening sky
heading into night

[shahai or photo-haiga.] Copyright © 2021-11-23, by Liz Bennefeld.

Nature · Poetry · Writing

Day 14 NaNoWriMo (imayo)

Daniel Roberts, Pixabay

along the winding river – branches overhead
I heard songs of meadowlarks – cheerful warbling tunes
they floated from the pasture – music in the hedge
I stopped that day to listen – I still hear their joy

[imayo.] Copyright © 2021-11-15, by Liz Bennefeld.

The imayo poetry form is also used for songs. Four lines of 12 syllables, each line with a caesura (pause) the 7-syllable and 5-syllable phrases. I am not aware of any limitation on subjects.

Photography · Poetry · Writing

Day 8 NaNoWriMo – shahai

photoart by liz bennefeld

summer memories
blue wild flax flowers
tiny hoverflies

[shahai.] Copyright © 2021-11-08, by Liz Bennefeld.

A shahai is, as I understand it, an illustrated haiku or tanka. A photo + the poem. I would favor not putting the poem on the photo itself for the sake of readability (size factor). Not sure if this would be the same as a photo-haiga. Or perhaps it would be considered differently if the photograph was taken to go with the poem or the photo and poem were created in conjunction with one another. (I took this photo, for example, in July of 2015, and altered it using a photo editing app. Would that make a difference? I don’t know.) —EWB