Morning Haiku and Waka – February 9, 2015

Lily Pond

Lily Pond

Arco, Trentino is an ex-colony of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Archduke’s park called the Arboretum isn’t far from my house. There’s a lovely pond full of water lilies, tiny gold fish, dragon flies, turtles and frogs.

Early in the summer mornings children from nearby summer camps come to visit in droves; laughing, running and yes, chasing frogs and dragon flies.

children’s laughter
frogs play tag with the turtles
in the lily pond

© G.s.k. ‘15

This haibun was written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Time Glass Challenge where we were to write an “extreme” haibun of 55 words!  And if you’d like to see more of the Archduke’s Arboretum just click HERE it will take you on a “Sunday Walk” I published back in July of 2013!

And here are some lovely haiku that our host put up to inspire us!

the old pond
a frog jumps into it
the sound of water

© Basho (tr. Chèvrefeuille)

between dewy leaves
hides a little green frog
for the blue heron

© Chèvrefeuille

against his nature,
a frog in front of the fireplace –
the cry of a stork

© Yozakura

in deep silence
Saburo is walking the path –
a frog jumps away

© Chèvrefeuille

the little child
reaches for the water lilies
without seeing the frog

(c) Chèvrefeuille

24 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – February 9, 2015

  1. Beautiful — an image that could be straight out of Lucy in the Sky — and there’s such joy in the children playing — but — also, balanced by a sense of foreboding that the Archduke brings along with him —

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  2. you created a lovely setting for the small fry to frolick.
    I had a look at your post on that park. How lovely to have that close by.

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  3. We have a few places that we can travel to for inside parks …butterfly houses.
    I’m not sure if there are any really nice indoor places to visit in the winter.
    At least not big enough to run and play in when it is cold.
    Though when the weather is nice there are some very nice green spaces.
    There is a forest near by that I haven’t really investigated. Mostly because some plants and I don’t quite agree with each other… like poison ivy. And I have enough of that in my own yard.
    It was nice to visit the sequoia in California last year. At least the paths were wide and clearly marked.

    Lovely haibun 🙂

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    • The States is so full of nature it’s not to be believed. I hadn’t in fact thought about it until I’d come back to the States after being away for neigh 30 years. There’s nothing like it in my part of Europe! And I’m not sure if they have any indoor parks in Italy.

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      • I used to know a gal who told me about a rather large Library in Italy… I think the center was sort of a green space. As the Library took up quite a bit of real estate.

        The suburbs offer the convenience of having a little slice of nature. with the city being close. At least that is one of the reasons we chose this lot over 25 years ago on the edge of the development for that extra footage… 😉

        Europe has a history that the States doesn’t have. So we shall have to make it a point to visit each other 😉

        Do you have a link to the park you mentioned? It sounds beautiful. I know that some European towns there are public spaces because the towns and buildings in them are rather close. Even in that little mountain town near Rome it seemed like there was no room for gardens. And yet the Saturday Market had wonderful carts of fresh produce. Guess one just had to go out of the city.

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          • I might have seen the link but got distracted by a little person…I’ll have to retrace my steps 🙂
            They have a school delay due to icy roads and cold.
            Both are arriving around 8:30 am. (Long day ahead.)

            Thanks.

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          • Very nice to live close to that – about two acres of park. And a giant sequoia too. I wonder how old that particular tree is?
            I would tease my hubby that he could be related. But his mom did not have a green thumb…though she could have been good for the planning of it 😉

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          • It might be written somewhere (the age of the tree) but I don’t think it approaches anything like you’ll fine in the States! It is lovely to have this particular park in our town .. it’s like slipping back in the so-call Bel Epoch!|

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          • 🙂
            When we were walking in one of the many sequoia parks in CA it was like being transported into another time and place.
            n.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Époque

            Ah, yes I can see that.

            At the very bottom of the article there is a painting …could be a good prompt?
            La charmeuse de Serpents (The Snake-Charmer) (1907) by Henri Rousseau.

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