Morning Haiku and Waka – Choka and Haiku – February 20, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh 48

For Vincent

my mind whirls
with the wind and the clouds
as I sit and think
in my room lost in sadness
the world I see
in vibrant swirls of colour
talk and sing to me
and yet, melancholy
fills my soul
I am alone – no one cares
scorned, abandoned
I tumble into grave thoughts
the mulberry tree
calls to me and I reply
putting paint to canvas

© G.s.k. ‘15

A choka written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Photo Challenge


the morning’s snow
i can chew dried salmon

© Basho

on an old branch
young sprouts of cherry blossoms
bloom again

© Chèvrefeuille

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under a street light
trees blossom in late winter
new snow falls

© G.s.k. ‘15

I love the concepts (and there are many) of wabi-sabi … the harmony, simplicity of the here and now, the flow of nature, the uncertainties, the “Is what it is” vision of impermanence all this and more of the concept fascinates me … I’m unfortunately in a hurry as I’m very late posting for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s post on Wabi-Sabi (been partying too much 😉 ) so please read this haiku with what I’ve written above in mind ..  I’ll be working on this concept in the future.  Bastet

12 thoughts on “Morning Haiku and Waka – Choka and Haiku – February 20, 2015

  1. You certainly have it here…we can feel the wabi-sabi…truly, when I first read this I did not realize it was for this prompt and I was starting to get worried for you feeling this moment of nostalgie…vraiement tu m’as touché le coeur! Bravo, ma chère…non, non, Chapeau!! 😀


  2. WOW! What an awesome post Georgia … I like that Choka (I would love to learn that poetry form) and your response on Wabi-Sabi is just great too. Winter is the season I think for the feeling/ the concept of Wabi-Sabi. I think it’s very relevant for haiku this Wabi-Sabi concept.


    • I agree that Wabi-Sabi is probably very relevant for the type of haiku we write … though I’ve heard that there is another type of haiku which is less seriously oriented … one of your writers, and I don’t remember which at the mo, follows that concept. I enjoy Wabi-Sabi very much!

      Choka is not much different from haiku or tanka I think … just more lines to develop a concept 😉


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