Summer Kigo – Writing with Ha – August 1, 2014

These are the summer kigo (season words) that Heeding Haiku with Ha gave us the other day to write haiku with!

scorching/blazing sun, silkworm, deep tree shade, beach, umbrella, wind chimes, swimming, sunflower, billowing cloud, cicada


The object is to write haiku or tanka using some of these words.

Bamboo wind chimes

Bamboo wind chimes

blazing sun burns
in Italian  August skies
refreshing lake breeze

most wind chimes tinkle
when the “ora” blows at noon
bamboo chimes toc

loud singing cicada
on the trees near the lake front
the swallows love the feast

“gelso” in bloom
silkworms no longer grow
in Arco*

Throughout the past until the last century many gelso trees (that’s what they’re called here in Italy, in English they’are two types of gelso called black mulberry and white mulberry) were planted throughout our territory, Arco’s major crop used to be silkworms and they thrived, thanks to these trees.  I don’t know why the silkworm business died out, I’ve heard something about a terrible epidemic that wiped a lot of people out of business.  The gelso are still here though and their blackberry type fruit is a pleasure to eat in early summer.

8 thoughts on “Summer Kigo – Writing with Ha – August 1, 2014

  1. Great as always… I loved the poetic imaginary you have created according to the devise previously given and the metaphors and descriptions you used… My favorite stanza is the third one… Truly well written, dear Georgia.
    Happy friday and weekend ahead, Aquileana 😀


    • Thanks Aquileana! I’m glad you enjoyed it … and I was glad I couuld publish it…this summer seems to be my “everything keeps breaking” summer … wonder if its a jinx or just coincidence.


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