Snowdrop – Haiku Writing Techniques – December 30, 2015

Elena

in winter’s midst
standing on the empty pier
a snowdrop

long winter day
passes in a flash of light
sunset

© G.s.k. ‘15

This post is dedicated to my friend Elena of Elena ed Orlando

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #25 The Technique of Narrowing Focus

ake yasuki yo wo iso ni yoru kurage kana

the short night ending–
close to the water’s edge
a jellyfish


© Yosa Buson

amenohiya madakini kurete nemuno hana

A rainy day
Quickly falls the night–
Silk-tree blossoms


© Yosa Buson

the whole sky
in a wide field of flowers
one tulip

© Jane Reichhold

in the moonlight
Wisteria flowers look fragile –
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille

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32 thoughts on “Snowdrop – Haiku Writing Techniques – December 30, 2015

    • I think snowdrops are really fantastic and you were so cool to give one of your daughters such a lovely middle name. Until now, I’ve been writing as Bastet … which was the pen-name I adopted when I opened my blog. I was wondering if Snowdrop wouldn’t be more suitable for my haiku name … I’m in the spring of my winter, what do you think Suzanne.

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        • Hmmm … and most people already know me as Bastet too.

          Bastet isn’t among the learned .. she was first known as Bast in the lower Kingdom of Egypt whilst Sekhmet was her counter-part in the Upper Kingdom and they were fierce lion goddesses of war. Usually the gods and goddesses became one entity when the Kingdoms were united but that didn’t happen with Bast and Sekhmet. Bast went on to become a major protector diety against against contagious diseases and evil spirits but then was attributed many other “jobs” … in the end she became the Goddess of cats, protection, joy, dance, music, family, and love. At first she was a sun goddess but when the Greeks occupied Egypt she became a moon goddess.

          My other half – Sekhmet, was a daughter of Ra the sun and a fierce warrior, it was said that her breath created the desert, she was the protector of the pharaohs and led them into war, she was also the goddess of justice. to sum it up she became the goddess of fire, war, dance, love, and medicine. Bastet and Sekhmet in my earlier Library of Akasha stories have Bastet as being patient and wise whereas Sekhmet loves to mete out justice and brimstone, but is a little silly because she gives herself too much importance. I’m their human who communicates with the outside world 😉

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          • As I said – you are very learned. I enjoyed reading this synopsis of some Egyptian mythology. I love the image of the cat headed goddess and recently found one I intend to use in art work this year. I definitely think you should continue to be the human who communicates Bastet and Sekmet’s knowledge to the outside world. The world needs it. 🙂

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  1. these are treasures. I’m always filled with hope when I see the first snowdrop. I have them planted near my back door so I can see them going out and coming in.

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