Rhonda Brown 1335 Montana Dr, Conway, AR 72034 @RhondaLBrown/Twitter https://brontebrown2.com/ blog Thank you, Bryan and Kelly, for taking the time to read my submissions. I have a couple of rather long submissions, but if there is just a verse or two within that poem you want to select, that is okay too. I included a bio. BIO: Rhonda Bronte Brown is a retired counselor/teacher who lives in Arkansas. Her published poetry appears in Better Than Starbucks Journal, the Trouvaille Review, and Haiku Seed Journal in February and March 2022. As an active SCBWI and Storyteller Academy member, she participates in local and online critique writing groups. Her educational degrees include a BS and Masters, and she is a National Board-Certified Teacher. She is a newcomer to the publishing world. Find her online at https://brontebrown2.com. 1. Senryu /a renewed heart Breath the sunlit air, uproot weeds watered by tears, stirred souls’ plant anew. Rewritten as a Tanka- 31 syllables Tears flow deep within watering roots of despair, breathe the sunlit air- uproot weeds nurtured by tears, stir the soul to start anew. 2. The Afghan Thirteen The pulse is weak, life's vanishing vapor. Thanatos grinned when breathing ceased. Death's grim triumph- of the Afghan thirteen, fallen, betrayed, left behind. A country's demise at the hands of a few will not be forgotten. America's heart bleeds. Hope hurts, hope heals, shattering the grip of hate- past and present repeat. (1776) Short Version: The Afghan Thirteen by RL Brown Death's grim triumph-of the fallen thirteen, betrayed, left behind. Our soldiers' demise at the hands of a few won't be forgotten. 3. A Mississippi Oak /family ties Deep within my roots, generational stories intertwine. 4. Published in Better Than Starbuck, February 2022, p. 41 (Encapsulation of Life’s seasons) Winter folds a tree into a counterfeit death gray boney, lifeless. 5. Echo Mountains of precipitous words echo constant reverberation. Reach into the world of words to find perspicacity. 6. Moons of March (Spring Moon, Worm Moon, and Sugar Moon, Equinox, Morrowless day occurs on the fall and spring equinox, a perfect balance of light and dark.) Sky looks down on earth, with dark eyes of a new moon winks at the spring night, Seeds shed winter's shield as roots stretch in fertile earth- March howls for spring's warmth, Foretokens of spring damp fields of marsh marigolds, hoverflies delight. Loam stirs, breaking free- muddling nightcrawlers rise under the worm moon. Sugar Moon nearby sweet maples release their sap, as March winds breathe change. Terrestrial tides collide rising high, but twice a year. sun and moon poised, a morrowless day arriving on the equinox perfectly balanced. 7. Spring's Aria Morning's first blush slips through the mizzling mist, dawn's chorus begins. Antiphonal tweets, robins, warblers, blackbirds sing dayspring's symphony. The woodland world wakes, feathers fluffed, nestlings listen, to their someday song. Blending choral notes, blackbirds add a mellow tone to twilight's day-song. Chee-pippety-chee, chee-chee, Jenny wren joins in with a peppy note. A rainbow shimmers in the morning dew; colorful warblers echo a descant. An a cappella chorus singing a spring aria, as songbirds unite. “siiih, siiih" “chink chink chink," a sudden signature change, the sunrise song fades. A blue jay's catcall signals a tail twitching taunt, kitty in the weeds. The aria ends with the soft adagio from a mourning dove. perch-coo, coo-COO-coo, coo-ah, coo-coo-coo Short Version: Morning's first blush slips through the mizzling mist, dawn's chorus begins. Antiphonal tweets, robins, warblers, blackbirds sing dayspring's symphony. The woodland world wakes. 8. The Dignity of Winter by R Bronte Brown (96) Trouvaille Review, February 15, 2022 Publication Wind rustles the leaves. Trees shimmer, yawning deeply, Anticipation. Autumn equinox the balance of light and dark, time juncture converts. Turn your face eastward. Fall moon on the horizon blazing golden hues. Extravagant colors! A migratory bird's last song, Light wanes for evening. Winter grants Fall's wish for an encore flower dance, frost procrastinates. Nature splendor yields a harvest of abundance, Thankfulness expressed. Inner autumn calls, time to embrace season’s change. The wind howls for rest. Winter winds whistling Indian Summer's last stance Bowing gracefully Winter’s dignity lifeless trees' quiet strength autumn seeds nestled deep- sheltered. Thank you so much. I hope some of these failed haikus meet your expectations. Sincerely yours, Rhonda Brown
Individual 3-5 one line poems kindness ripples and rips through-meanness hitch a ride matching a clarion call. death’s grim triumph of the fallen thirteen a snake is not what I seek, obviously behind the doorway trailing intentions
April 1-14: Unthemed What to submit: Individual poems - Please submit 3-5 one-line poems of any variety, including monostich haiku, senryu, one-line tanka, poetic fragments, one-line micropoems, or lyrical lines. Sequences - Please submit 3 sequences of up to eight single-line poems. Sequences should have a title, should link and shift between each individual poems (or poet, if collaborating), and not have obvious repetition throughout the sequence OR TITLE. Additionally, they should travel. Feel free to submit any format of sequencing you like. Poetic images - One-line concrete poetry, and haiga, shahai, and vispo that employ a single-line poem will also be considered. Prose sentences will not. Submit 3-5 in 600 dpi+. Submissions of a mix any of the above are welcome up to 5 total.
March 26, 2022
1. Sky looks down on earth eyes as dark as a new moon, spring winks at the stars. 2. Breath the sunlit air, uproot weeds watered by tears, freed souls plant anew. (hope or peace) 3.Twitters, humming beats, dashing fliers zip around, swiftest wings, unfurled.
Others poems to consider Foretoken of spring Marsh marigolds in damp fields Hoverflies delight Terrestrial tides collide rising high, but twice a year. sun and moon poised. A morrowless day arriving on the equinox perfectly balanced. Sugar Moon shines down ( Sugar Moon nearby) sweet maples release sorghum as March winds breathe change. Habitat framers Curious, Cautious, Clever As busy as a- beaver (WIP)
Moons of March (Spring Moon, Worm Moon and Sugar Moon) Sky looks down on earth,with dark eyes of a new moon winks at the spring night. Seeds shed winter's shield as roots stretch in fertile earth- March howls for spring's warmth, Foretokens of spring damp fields of marsh marigolds, hoverflies delight. Loam stirs, breaking free- muddling nightcrawlers rise under the worm moon. Sugar Moon nearbysweet maples release their sap,as March winds breathe change. Terrestrial tides collide rising high, but twice a year. sun and moon poised, a morrowless day arriving on the equinox perfectly balanced.
Senryu /a renewed heart Breath the sunlit air, uproot weeds watered by tears, stirred souls’ plant anew. Rewritten as a Tanka- 31 Syllables Tears flow deep within watering roots of despair. Breathe the sunlit air, uproot weeds nurtured by tears, stir the soul to start anew.
2. Ode to Childhood Hopscotch with shells and whirlybirds, swinging weeeee with our words. Walking with cousins barefoot in the grass playing with friends, hoping summer will last. No school, outside and free, it is time just to be me- on the porch swing, shelling peas I prefer to snap green beans, please. Straight from the garden, a summer snack. chores done, potatoes stored in the shack. Childhood summers make me wish for more, tree climbing, river-side camping on a sandy shore. 3. Ode to Daffodils. Bordering Mamaw’s cotton field Besides Momma's fence To my backyard Daffodils.
Clerihew- rhyming couplets, poking fun at celebrities. President Donald J Trump was fond of the campaign stump. He was a shaker and a policymaker, Unlike President Nixon, who was a quaker.
https://thehaikufoundation.org/still-time-to-submit-to-the-february-2022-thf-monthly-kukai/ Submission to Haiku Foundation for February 2022 , KuKai- sky and sea January sky Its sheer so clear, so blue. Nothing leaves a mark. On gradient winds, matching a clarion call Eagles hitch a ride.
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Whiptail Journal/ April 1-14, 2022 Submissions. kindness ripples and rips through- kindness rips and ripples through hitch a ride matching a clarion call. Matching a clarion call hitch a ride death’s grim triumph of the fallen thirteen. The fallen thirteen, death’s grim triumph. a snake is not what I seek, obviously. What I seek, obviously is not a snake. Behind the doorway trailing intentions -Trailing intentions behind the doorway.
January 2022 – The Bird Issue!
1. On gradient winds, Eagles hitch a ride, matching a clarion call.
2. A trim crimson comb proud strut, surefooted, perched high, Calls to wake the world
3. Cold, still, frosty white frozen creeks, icicles drip. Cardinals swoop mid-stream.
4. January sky, a pair of fair-weather crows fly its clear blue sheer.
5. Twitters, humming beats, dashing fliers zip around, swiftest wings, unfurled.
Whiptail Journal Submissions will be accepted January 1-14: Themed (Birds) April 1-14: Unthemed July 1-14: Themed (Personal Transitions, e.g. physical, emotional, spiritual, healing) October 1-14: Unthemed Poems will be published on the Whiptail website the following month. “Write single-lines poems about birds”, the tweet said. How do you do that? It turns out in order to understand this form, we need to look at the foundations of
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Spring issue published in April (submission window: 1 February – 31 March)
SUBMISSIONS: Spring issue published in April (submission window: 1 February - 31 March) 1. On gradient winds, matching a clarion call Eagles hitch a ride. (The howls of March winds) 2. A trim crimson comb proud strut, surefooted, perched high, calls to wake the world 3. Twitters, humming beats, dashing fliers zip around, swiftest wings, unfurled. (Hummingbird migration) 4. Romantic at heart curious, clever nature's lake builders habitat framers charming artisan Busy Beavers 5. Rudbeckia titters Roots stretching in fertile earth Butterfly frolics. 6. Gramps whispers, secrets barely reach my ears. Tranquil woods, I hear. 7. A nibble, a tug- feel the line, ignore the bug. Wait, now jerk the hook.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS: We publish 4 issues a year, with the following submission deadlines for haiku: Spring issue published in April (submission window: 1 February - 31 March) Summer issue published July (submission deadline: 1 May - 30 June) Autumn issue published in October (submission deadline: 1 August - 30 September) Winter issue published in January (submission deadline: 1 November - 31 December) Submitted work should follow these guidelines: Please send your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org