#Haikai Challenge #94 (7/13/19): Desert Rose #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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Enlightened yet, haijin? I’m sure, if you are or aren’t, that it wasn’t for lack of trying! Congratulations to last week’s contributors. (Remember, since I’m away, I can’t post last week’s contributors, so keep a lookout for the big round-up post, coming soon!)


As you may have guessed, We have traveled to the Southwestern United States! Leave it to us to embrace the heat of the desert in summer. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed the photos I’ve managed to post. We’ve certainly enjoyed experiencing the sites!

Therefore, in the spirit of this trip, indulge me in an uncoventional kigo, the desert rose:

Rosa stellata is a species of rose known by the common names desert rose,[1] gooseberry rose, and star rose. In Texas this type of rose grows on dry rocky places to 6,500 feet (2,000 m), such as the Trans-Pecos. It occurs in the mountain canyons of Arizona and New Mexico. It has trifoliate leaves, deep rose purple blossoms and yellowish white prickles on the petioles and stems. Some horticulturists consider it to be a browse plant.[2]

This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states or references the desert rose.

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Wish us luck in beating the heat, haijin! And keep yourselves cool!

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