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RedDragonfly
The Black Cat Brigade
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Current Residence: born NV, now CO
Personal Quote: It IS one word, and I haven't finished it yet.
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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Haiku Club's 2014 Hearth and Home Contest! =D (Big Grin)


First Place goes to Home by elliotbuttons

Like their overstuffed armchair this work is filled with cozy imagery.

HomeThe cold wind beats at my window as the snow swirls and whirls, dancing to its beat.  I sit in my old overstuffed armchair; a hot cup cradled in my hand, held up to my face, warming my nose and fogging up my glasses.  Over my knee a blanket lies, my toes trapping it so as not to lose it to the floor.  In this moment, in my favourite spot I dare not move, surveying my kingdom in comfort.
Overstuffed armchair
Has taken me prisoner,
My throne in my home.



Second Place goes to Romancing the Romantic by TwilightPoetess

Reading this made me happy for her and hopeful for me.

Romancing the Romanticapple wood in the hearth
he trails soft fingers
down my ribs
as i read poetry
clothed in nothing but firelight



Third Place goes to Heirloom by Hopeburnsblue

Sharing a sweet memory with a mindfulness message.

HeirloomRainbow light bouquet
Cupped in my blind Nanna's hands;
Joy, sadness, and love
Echo in her tender words:
"Look, dear one, while you still can."



Special thanks go to hopeburnsblue, RedDragonfly, and saiun for judging the contest, and Formel, RedDragonfly, saiun, and somnomollior for providing prizes.
Please note RedDragonfly privately with mailing address for top 3 authors so you can get your prizes!


Inspiration

   Just to say the word
home, that one word alone,
   so pleasantly cool

 - Kobayashi Issa


As the season draws closer to solstice we find ourselves spending more time indoors appreciating the comforts of home.  Pull up a chair next to the hearth (or a/c for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere) and tell us about yours.

Activity


First place

angled onto stone
fading light
shows petroglyphs


Second place

last sunset light
golden scrub grass bright
between the grey sage


Third place

no snowflakes but
desert flowers
red bougainvilla still climbing
Hearth and Home Prizes
Prizes for the Haiku Club's 2014 Hearth and Home Contest!

I wrote this over Chrtstmas in Southern Nevada- I hope you enjoy them!


First Place goes to Home by elliotbuttons
fav.me/d8ab2qn


Second Place goes to Romancing the Romantic by TwilightPoetess
fav.me/d88y7hw


Third Place goes to Heirloom by Hopeburnsblue
fav.me/d8bo4fd
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when what from the swirling blizzard
should appear, but
all the horses who have broken the fence
1-3-15 RD

boots and cap...and warm woolen coat
followed by dogs...a cat who once spoke
we wander quite close...then hooves soon appear
1-3-15 SM2

we whistled and shouted and called them by name
with great shaking of grain buckets
home the horses all came
1-4-15 RD

with munching and crunchings
and stomping of hooves
horsey type gratitude spun through the air
1-4-15 SM2

during group riding lesson
a leaf dared to fall-
now dash away dash away dash away all
1-5-15 RD

with hurricane hooves
and glorious speed
the forest now thwarted...oats, hay and tea
1-5-15 SM2

cats running at night
tear up the sash
down comes the shower curtain
with a crash
1-7-15 RD

the cat hair now gathered
like new fallen snow
now covers all objects
from ceiling and below  
1-7-15 SM2

glossy and black
from his head to his foot,
warming the couch for playoff-watching
1-9-15 RD

cocooned in blankets
augmented by furry residents
comfort maintained...exquisitely
1-9-15 SM2

stinky horse blanket
home to be washed
perfect for cats to hide in and knead on
1-13-15 RD

blending  aspects of
equine and cat...
olfactory overload
1-13-15 SM2

dirty blanket or dirty cat?
which to wash first-
one can flee
1-14-15 RD

one is serene...
the other not so
...many paths
1-14-15 SM2

finding a path
down to the frozen lake
to throw a stone
1-18-15 RD

skitter and crack...
two worlds collide
before succumbing
1-18-15 SM2

High-altitude baking
my brownies
are crumbles
1-21-15 RD

snowy day comfort
warm desert, cold milk
surrounded by cats
1-21-15 SM2

feral cat
won't come in
the cat door Mom built
1-25-15 RD

aura disturbed
cats wary, sensitive
fung shui consulted
1-25-15 SM2

behind the couch, quick
where the petsitter can see us
but not touch
1-26-15 RD

hide and seek
whose keeping score?
what's that? can opener?...oh, she's good
1-26-15 SM2

feed us, praise us, make us nice toys
cats still won't come out
until the door closes
1-26-15 RD

from our fortress
we see through
your clever ruse
1-26-15 SM2

this time we make our escape
cats will infiltrate
the luggage
1-27-15 RD
2015 Dragon2th Renga-January
:iconscottman2th: and I started this renga in comments on Beaches Haiku Set fav.me/d5iwoaf, and we've continued so long it was getting difficult to see the comment stack. So here is the TWENTY-SECOND set from January 2015. NOTE- do NOT miss December 2014 for the beginning of the Holiday Havok Haiku rewrite of The Night Before Christmas

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January and February 2013

fav.me/d6cf3ts
March and April

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May and June

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July

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August

fav.me/d6u3p6i
September

fav.me/d6w97wh
October

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November

fav.me/d73yi1o
December 2013

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January 2014

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Febuary

fav.me/d7hq2fj
March

fav.me/d7tni99
April

fav.me/d7tnilz
May 2014

fav.me/d7tnj4q
June 2014

fav.me/d7y1zha
July 2014

2014 Dragon2th Renga- August

2014 Dragon2th Renga- September

2014 Dragon2th Renga- October

2014 Dragon2th Renga- November

2014 Dragon2th Renga- December
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cooling walk
back to the barn
long shadows follow
12-2-14 RD

canine commentary
refreshments served
rustic decor...flickering lamps
12-2-14 SM2

stormy night
reading on the couch
animals snuggled up tight
12-3-14 RD

safe and secure
blankets and fur
thwart the dark and the cold
12-3-14 SM2

the cat on my lap
is so warm-
read another chapter
12-5-14 RD

hours of silence
critters maintain
an uneasy truce
12-5-14 SM2

beyond the dirty window
sunshine
through brown leaves
12-7-14 RD

stirrings throughout
careful stalking of prey...
leaves are noisy for cats
12-7-14 SM2

winter sparrow
in the chainlink
cats watch closely
12-9-14 RD

watching the watcher
as prey and whisker dance...
the tea is sipped slowly  
12-9-14 SM2

as winter birds arrive
cats prefer
the kitchen windowsill
12-11-14 RD

sugar and spice
and the makings of pie
sudden culinary leanings
12-11-14 SM2

from the kitchen counter
a trail of flour
across the carpet
12-14-14 RD

multiple paw prints
evidence suggests
collective efforts  
12-15-14 SM2

so helpful
at breakfast
cats have opened all the cabinets
12-17-14 RD

considerate felines
dietary suggestions
given out of love
12-17-14 SM2

cats waiting patiently
for a bite of pork chop
without any recipe on it
12-18-14 RD

canines approach
proactive yet subtle
phase one...soulful eyes...  
12-18-14 SM2

dinnertime
empty dog bowl
with dog staring into it
12-23-14 RD

canine cognitive abilities
alters current reality
into self filling bowl
12-24-14 SM2

mournful stare
again
the dog bowl is empty
12-24-14 RD

physics employed...
paw to bowl...sounds are made
attention gained...i have your shoes
12-24-14 SM2

holiday bells
the ringing of dog bowls
down the stairs
12-25-14 RD

hark the herald
cats now flee...
time to feed you or me
12-26-14 SM2

deck the halls
with all the balls
off the tree
12-26-14 RD

blame firmly rests
on those that can climb
...dogs have alibis
12-27-14 SM2

the stockings were shredded
while visions of cottontails
danced in their heads
12-29-14 RD

from under the steps
a clatter arose...
tinsel and foil...and a whisker or two
12-29-14 SM2

a huge crash wakes us bolt upright
checking the house
not a thing out of place
12-31-14 RD
2014 Dragon2th Renga- December
:iconscottman2th: and I started this renga in comments on Beaches Haiku Set fav.me/d5iwoaf, and we've continued so long it was getting difficult to see the comment stack. So here is the TWENTY-FIRST set from December 2014. NOTE- do NOT miss January 2015 for the continuation of the Holiday Havok Haiku rewrite of The Night Before Christmas

fav.me/d6cez30
January and February 2013

fav.me/d6cf3ts
March and April

fav.me/d6dwmoe
May and June

fav.me/d6iz56o
July

fav.me/d6osqpf
August

fav.me/d6u3p6i
September

fav.me/d6w97wh
October

fav.me/d73yevq
November

fav.me/d73yi1o
December 2013

fav.me/d7f5vpd
January 2014

fav.me/d7hq15w
Febuary

fav.me/d7hq2fj
March

fav.me/d7tni99
April

fav.me/d7tnilz
May 2014

fav.me/d7tnj4q
June 2014

fav.me/d7y1zha
July 2014

2014 Dragon2th Renga- August

2014 Dragon2th Renga- September

2014 Dragon2th Renga- October

2014 Dragon2th Renga- November
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Molecular-Structure Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you kindly for the :+llama:, have one in return! :) (Smile) 
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Judescreations Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave!
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TheLaughingSandwich Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Photographer

Hello fabulous

Thankyou for the llama :hug:

Have one in return

If you want check out more of my work and other sites ~

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Thankyou have an lovely day  :tighthug:

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WhitePlumFragrance Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a bunch for faving my haikus. :hug:
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RedDragonfly Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I really enjoyed them!
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tirasunil Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for the fav. :)
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SkiAngel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Interface Designer
thanks for the llama. Have a llama back.
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zocool Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the :llama: badge :D
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CrystalChell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the Llama! :D
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Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
watching you back.  your haiku is much better than mine.
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