Haiga Festival – Dragon Fly – March 28, 2015

'dragonfly' haiga


a springtime joke
dragonfly bloomed thorn tree
at the lake – ducks laugh

© G.s.k. ‘15

I haven’t seen any dragonflies around, but yesterday I did come across this odd thorn tree full of dragonfly like blossoms and couldn’t resist photographing it … but now to more serious work … for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai this is our last occasion to read our haiku master of the month Santoka Taneda (1882-1940:

the dragon flies
perch on my kasa
as I walk along

© Santoka Taneda

in summer
the dragon flies flit
upon the river
even without his kasa
they still savour life

© G.s.k. ‘15

12 thoughts on “Haiga Festival – Dragon Fly – March 28, 2015

    • Yes … they’re fun … and Jen was telling me that there’s a red dragonfly that is really ferocious – from an insects point of view so I guess this tree figured thorns weren’t enough protection 😉


  1. I especially like both of your tanka – here and at your Medium blog. As Hamish says, the form seems to fit you so well, with both poems perfectly realised – not reading at all like like a slightly stretched haiku, which can seem to be the case with some tanka.


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