Morning Haiku and Waka – January 23, 2015


yuzuriha* blooms
augurs new year good fortune

spring mementos
green plants grow in the winter
Demeter’s gift

under snow banks
spruce and pines glow green
life flourishes
even in the hardest times
vitality abounds

G.s.k. ‘15


*yuzuriha (譲葉 Daphniphyllum macropodum) daphniphyllum: This type of laurel has large lanciform leaves of glossy bronze, and is associated with a deep mountain habitat (see shinzan 深山 “deep mountains”). Yuzuru (譲る) means “to resign in favor of another” or “to transfer or hand over to another”, and ha (葉) a leaf or leaves. Daphniphyllum is common in gardens throughout Japan as a tree of good omen because the leaves do not fall until their replacements are growing strongly behind them, hence they are symbolic of the hope of fathers that they will not pass away until their sons are mature and able to succeed them. On New Year’s Day, leaves of the yuzuriha are mingled with ferns and added to shimenawa** (標縄; rice straw ropes) that are suspended before every house.

The above piece came from a site entitled:  Japanese Gardens Online.

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for the last of the series dedicated to the “Fifth Season” , New Year.  Below you can read Cèvrefeuille’s haiku dedicated to the subject yuzuriha.

yuzuriha blooms
together with my kids and grandkids
picking the flowers

celebrating New Year
an Ikebana piece on the table
adoring it’s beauty

© Chèvrefeuille

6 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – January 23, 2015

  1. Oh, very nice! You made a great run with this prompt. I love how you’ve brought Demeter into the poetry — and — thanks for adding the extra plant info too — have bookmarked that site — looks like it’ll be very useful, LOL! Good to see the connection with the shimenawa too.


    • I was actually looking for some ku inspiration … but then I came up with this site and forgot about looking for other haiku. The Demeter idea came up before I wrote any of the rest … but I wanted to try to honor Chèvrefeuille’s last (sigh) New Year’s Prompt … Thanks for your enthusiastic comment, but I fell in love with your Hollyku … lovely!

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      • That means a lot — I struggled with holly/ Japanese evergreen — wasn’t sure WHAT to do. (Very glad New Year’s is over, LOL — even if some of the traditions ARE very interesting to learn about — they’re tough to incorporate into haiku if you’re not an actual part of the culture.)


  2. Extreme conditions can make life all the more interesting. It works well to create the write to the prompt. Relating it to the references makes it classic! Great write Georgia!



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