I stumbled upon Denny blogging over at, theceaselessreaderwrites, who’s participating in Dave’s Moon Shot Challenge. Each contribution is a tanka, a Japanese stanza form comprising 5 lines with a suggested syllable count of 5-7-5 7-7. Here’s Dave’s starter tanka: “Eyes down for stray coins Or lonesome tweets. So what, if Dull skies lack twitter? Where are the swifts blown? Summer’s On hold till they’re back on course. Denny’s addition is: “Of course, coins enrich, as much as the swift’s sweet song, while tweets leave minds dull. Autumn, elevate my thoughts on gentle, warming updrafts. With my humble submission: “Random thoughts sail away Thinking of winter’s cold breath, For a time to come. Summer’s warmth will carry us Through the snow, and biting winds! Feel inspired to join in? Stop by Dave’s blog and add your own stanza.