Morning Haiku and Waka – Poplars and Shadows – February 5, 2015

Credits: Poplars On The Epte – Monet

along the Po
miles and miles of poplars
levee guards

summer or winter
the poplars guard the cities

As you can imagine from my haiku refers to Veneto, one of the North Eastern regions of Italy … but I could also have written Lombardi, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Veneto … the region of Verona, Padua and Venice.

All along the Po, which flows from the West to the East from somewhere in  Piedmont to the Adriatic Sea near Venice, over the years, levies have been erected to guard the low laying cities that have flourished along its course from floods … thought  they don’t always do their job and along these levies miles and miles of poplars have been planted.

In this area, unlike in Tuscany for example where cypress trees are used, the poplar delineates people’s property and sometimes decorate the long roads that lead to the main house of the large farms.


long lithe shadows
reflections in the river
poplars in the Po

willowy ladies
standing near the levies
nature’s geisha

© G.s.k. ’15

This month is dedicated to impressions and impressionism in haiku.

 And here is a delightful haiku impression written by our host Chèvrefeuille:

poplars reflection
in the rippling brook –
no longer a poplar

© Chèvrefeuille

I’d also like to add here a reference to this month’s Haiku poet Fuyuko Tomita … I missed writing for this week’s special dedicated to her as my Internet connection was down. She’s a well-known haiku poetess and a Dutchman, her website can be found at: so that you can read more about her and of course see more of her haiku!  This week our host included this haiku to inspire us to write in the same sense, tone and spirit.

Wa ga kage yo ano kado kara wa omae hitori

when I turn the corner
you will be alone

© Fuyuko Tomita

I’d written but couldn’t publish:

in the night
this shadow feels alone
in cold darkness

© G.s.k. ’15


This post was written thanks to the inspirations of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

13 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – Poplars and Shadows – February 5, 2015

  1. I have learned a bit more geography about Italy, cara, thank you. your shadow in cold darkness reminds me of my walk home late nights under the street lights only my cold shadow and me at such a later hour:)


    • Thanks a lot … when I saw the painting it reminded me so much of Veneto and Lombardia that the haiku just bubbled up. I’m having a little problems with my Internet connection, but I always try to keep up with your great prompts 🙂


  2. Really lovely images – both written and actual.
    Certainly you have captured essences and spirits in so brief wording. 😀

    As an aside, do you know that Poplars are considered Widow makers?


      • Poplars are considered Widow makers because of their natural form and usually great height. In severe enough weather, or, even in a less than intense storm, if the wind currents are just right, they rip and shred and splinter, to great effect and damage. I suspect that at some point, when they were very popular (chuckling) as plantings, they may have very well killed a fair number of people. They are wonderfully beautiful trees though, but, much like the Weeping Willow, in certain municipalities here in North America, they are not allowed to be planted any longer.

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