Stalled Eternity Nonet

Grassland sentinel through harvests past

slumbering guardian of Fall

echoing autumnal toil

timbers of the heartland

prairie legacy

ghost in the veldt

summer sun

silenced

soil

Stalled Eternity

Photo from Eyes of a Dragon – Stalled Eternity

Weary

Where harvest efforts sleep

Why patience means ….. to trust

Winterkill avoided

With golden reservoirs

Weathered prairie giants

Weary sentinels ….. past

Who will honour their runes?

Photo from Eyes of a Dragon – Prairie Ghost

Most prairie elevators in Alberta are now gone. Replaced by distant, centralized hubs of concrete and metal.  These iconic structures defined rural communities and no longer stand vigilant, protecting harvested abundance, ultimately shared by all. These truly are Prairie Ghosts.

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Pleiades:  This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione. The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.

(The above explanation from Shadow Poetry)

Thanks again to Kira at The Unpoet’s Poems for introducing me to this and other Poetry Forms.

Previous Pleiades: Stellar, Trials, Harvest, Avow,

Harvest

Honest carver of earth

Harkened to Helios

Hidden summer treasures

Heydays of awned petals

Harvested aurous seeds

Hail each tempered nugget

Humble rewards of ….. Life

Photo from Eyes of a Dragon – Winter Grain Bins
About Eyes of a Dragon

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Pleiades:  This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione. The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.

(The above explanation from Shadow Poetry)

Thanks again to Kira at Wrestling Life for introducing me to this and other Poetry Forms.

Previous Pleiades: S, T,

Guardians Haiku 俳句

slumbering treasure

solstice shifts to equinox

chilled autumnal toil

winter-grain-bins

Winter Bloom Tanka 短歌

Rustic sleight of hand

formations of straw cadets

rural armouries

breaths of Augusts past, arise

unleash wintery desires

Winter Bloom

Frozen Tears Fibonacci

Long

since

summer

solstice love

passions of thine heart

forever eclipse frozen tears

Icebound Bloom

Barn Solstice Tanka 短歌

§ Murmuring petals §

scorned as harvest worthy gold

each has but one reach

spectrums of boundless colour

rural timber nods in awe

Barn Equinox

Straw Solstice Nonet

¤ Lone silvery arctic pasturage ¤

awaiting a snowy harvest

bound equinox of patience

white hot solstice of love

beckoning a heart

captured within

erotic

summer

° heat °

Moon Frost Tanka

Crystalline memoirs

lost rural geometry

pale frozen farmscapes

lunar rime trumps solar zeal

fog bound distant horizon

Straw Destiny Haiku

Parallel straw swaths

converge at ∞

Euclid would need proof

Wintertide Gold Nonet

~ Baleful stare from sweltering summer ~

frozen ground ‘neath snowy conceal

awaken golden harvest

listen to each snowflake

soulfully unique

onliest sound

straw circle

never

ends

Barn Fibonacci

peer

close,

atop

each summit

attendant gargoyles

protecting those who love the land

Barn Haiku

weakened alcazar

weathering all, save for Time

you have earned ….. Respect

Farmers Nonet

Farmers Nonet


Dust motes floating ‘neath xanthous twilight

dancing to the beat of hard work

pausing only to refuel

dew transforms into frost

pace matters far more

than worrying

about dark

thunder

clouds

 

Harvest Custodians Fibonacci

old

friend

rusting,

sepia

equinox harvests

metal and wood custodians

Inspired by the ‘Fib’-ulous imagination of MindRetrofit7

Fall Harvest Haiku

∞ amber sunset fades ∞

harvesting our future ~ now

not yet done ~ not yet

Rural Stonehenge Haiku

∞ abandoned demesnes ∞

mythical western Stonehenge

lost prairie icons

Harvest Mirror Haiku

∞ harvest reflections ∞

~ past  present  future  unsure ~

combining them all