Morning Haiku and Waka – December 17


Dry Grass

in the fields
grass stalks yellowed and dried
snow falls

© G.s.k. ‘14

(inspired by : Buson

aki sarike ikukani narinu kareobana

the day has come
when Autumn is over
dead pampas grass

© Buson)


November passes
mums wither on their graves
awaiting holly


withered  mums on their graves
snowflakes on holly

© G.s.k. ‘14



her orchids
sentinels of summer
lessons over

© G.s.k. ‘14

This haiku takes some explanation I suppose.  One of my students, Tiziana is an expert orchid grower.  At the beginning of our English conversation meetings this year she gave me a beautiful orchid … which graced my living room for many weeks.  And at the ends of our meetings she also gave me a sprig of orchids … the one in the photograph above.


in late November
the  orchid withers
a bright flower

© G.s.k. ‘14

This post was written for the preview of a new feature at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  “Time-machine” which will introduce CDHK historical prompts.  In this feature the prompts came from:

Carpe Diem # 68, Winter Grasses
Carpe Diem # 82, Withered Mums
Carpe Diem # 294, Orchids

16 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – December 17

  1. Great illystration of the withered grasses.
    Nice to have a professional orchid grower fro a friend 🙂
    I find them not easy to propagate and have lost quite a few over the years.
    Like your joined haiku but will be glad when the WP snpw season is behind us again 🙂


    • Yes .. very nice indeed! I’ve had one in my life .. the dear thing lasted forever, but I suppose I was to do something once the flowers dropped off .. but alas, I know nothing about exotic plants! What is the snpw season?


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