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Under the Cherry Blossoms

On Saturdays, Frank Tassone introduces us to a new prompt. This week we are asked to write about cherry (blossoms) (sakura).

Tuesday is here, I am still in a frigid part of the world, anxiously waiting for sign of Spring, any minute detail that could inspire me to write about blossoms. There are no buds in the trees, neither flower shoots piercing the hardened soil.

In this outdoor field we are blessed with ice pellets accompanied by three centimeters of gracious snow that delicately honor our precious threshold.

Under the Cherry Blossoms

sensuous springtime
paramour abandons me
for season’s virgin

mournful cry of the Geisha
cherry blossom trees quiver


©Hélène Vaillant

Written in response to prompt:

#Haikai Challenge #80 (4/6/19): cherry [blossoms] (sakura) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

(The transience of the blossoms, the exquisite beauty and volatility, has often been associated with mortality[9] and graceful and readily acceptance of destiny and karma; for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic)

Colour of the Night


What do you See? April 2, 2019


Written in response to prompts:

1-What do you See? April 2, 2019

2- Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 130 #SynonymsOnly



Colour of the Night

ignite master’s playing field
animate beacon
ethereal performance
communicates elements

©Hélène Vaillant


(as a side)…

Illuminated city

party in full swing

thumping celebration

raving mad dancing

pulsing hearts

in tempo with chaos

swinging the night away

illuminated sky

sound manifestation

reverberates color

lightening electrifies design

thunder claps and thumps

unable to reach the mind


Written for Reena’s weekly prompt: Sapio-Sexual

One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature; behaviour of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.




Reena’s Exploration Challenge #75




tantalizing mind
unleash euphoric pleasure
impressive organ
masterminds joining body
momentary paradise


©Hélène Vaillant


Reena’s Exploration Challenge #75

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