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Work

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beauty created

under pressure and time

by earth and by man

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skills honed from a lifetime’s work

more precious than diamonds and pearls

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Ronovan set us the prompt words of DIAMONDS and PEARLS this week for his haiku challenge.

To marry this challenge with our Photo Prompt of WORK  was a huge challenge and has taken me a while to get there. Go to Cathy’s Post to see more entries and leave a link to your ‘WORK’ photo.

I found it difficult to convey what I wanted to in the 5/7/5 haiku, a few more syllables were needed and so I have written a tanka this week. It does not perfectly fit the ‘rules’ but …

The sentiment is that beauty created by human endeavour and skill is more precious to me than diamonds.

The photo was taken in Mr. Hiroshi Murase’s shop in Arimatsu where we did our tie-dying workshop on my trip to Japan last November. They are preparing the cloth for dying by tying it in intricate patterns.

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Miss E (8) saw me struggling with this challenge and wanted to write a poem using Ron’s prompt words – she wrote:

diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

how lovely they can be

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

they form in the sea

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

they form under the ground

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

all waiting to be found

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this is my poem I hope you like it

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt is

LAYER

 

Movement

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black and white

bullet train speeding

past Fuji

短歌

colour missed along the way

rushing through another day

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The photo above is my attempt at taking a photo of the bullet train as it came into the station and below……

…. Surprisingly thrilling – this is my first sighting of Mount Fuji, photo taken from the train.

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Joining in with Bluedaisyz Weekly Photo Challenge, prompt word: MOVEMENT

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(Sometimes, just sometimes these challenges go together like peaches and cream!)

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: BLACK and WHITE

A gorgeous Haiku to enjoy at the Daily Echo.

I’m going with the the 3.5.3 format again this week, in combining the challenges but have added two 7 syllable lines to create a Tanka – or is it? ooooooh, now what am I doing, playing around with the ‘rules’, I can see our Japanese guide looking sideways at me with a bemused smile at this uneducated Westerner.

And here another Tanka (5,7,5,7,7 this time)

white light heats the day

bright rays of inspiration

black night integrates

as winter hibernation

holds seeds of the new forming

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And pop on over to ‘Me and the Boss’ for a Troiku and an explanation of how it works. A new one to me and this got my haiku head spinning – I must try this one out…… here goes

white light heats the day

bright rays of inspiration

black night integrates

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white light heats the day

bringing colours out to play

made brighter by black

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black shadows hold

bright rays of inspiration

white highlights sparkle

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a day of colour

comes to a glorious end

black night integrates

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What do you think? Gosh I had fun with that one!

Next week’s Photo Challenge prompt word is CONTRAST. This will be the 49th week, only 3 more weeks after that – gosh, I’m amazed that I have been able to rise to this challenge each week. I did mix up the weeks once and had to swap them round but I have actually posted a photo each week – it’s been fun – thank you to Jamie for coming up with such a brilliant list of subjects.

Grey

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Grey skies overhead

Inspiration underfoot

Japanese design

Even drain covers delight

When the eye is tuned to beauty

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Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge. He gave us the prompt words COVER and COLOUR this week.

Ronovan also invites us to write other forms of poems in the haiku family of poetry. I have gone for a Tanka this week, which is a Haiku 5,7,5 syllable pattern, followed with two lines of 7 syllables each.

Pop over to see Edwina’s Haiku using these prompt words as always she makes me smile! And don’t miss Melissa’s amazingly rich, inspiring and varied post, I don’t know how she does it!

Also joining in with Bluedaisyz Weekly Photo Challenge: prompt word this week GREY

Cathy has entered a great photo taken not too far from where I live, how I love that place. So many different greys, love it!

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As you might have guessed – I’m BACK!

Home after the most amazing trip to Japan – what a wonderful country – I have fallen in love with the place and the people. Already I’m wondering about going back one day. If you ever get the chance to go – GO!

I’m so excited about being able to share my journey with you, although right now  I am still recovering as I feel exhausted and have spent most of the last two days in bed recharging the batteries.

I travelled with a group of 11 other textile enthusiasts and our superb Japanese Guide, Yuka.

Jeni was the first to photograph a manhole cover and after that several of us were hooked! Our guide told us there was a website with a collection of the cover designs, and I have just looked that up – incredible designs – click here to see some more.

The manhole cover above was found in Nagoya which is well known for its tie-dye fabrics and we stopped here for a tie-dye workshop whilst on our way from Tokyo to Kyoto. I’ll be sharing more about this workshop and others later – ooooh so much I want to tell you about …. but first I need to sort the hundreds of photos out – hurray for digital cameras!

Next Week’s Photo Prompt is REMEMBER.