Shashin no uta – 写真 の 歌 – Photographic Song

(This was a page from the top of my blog which I think no one has ever read.  So I thought I’d turn it into a post.)

I wrote a  Shashin no Uta back in September of 2014 thanks to an idea on a blog called Ronovan Writes: Wordless Haiku … later thanks to a blogger I once knew Jen Rosenberry the Wordless Haiku became  Photoku.  After a while she took over the prompts for the “photoku” finally deciding to discontinue for lack of time … but she did suggest to me this lovely name in Japanese: Shashin no Uta   写真 の 歌 – Photographic song.

What I’m posting are photoku  in the order of when they were published.

I wanted to see how the genre evolved from chaotic collage I was trying to work with as though it were a rebus – so practically a picture for a word then I decided to work towards pictures for each phrase until at last I worked out that the best way, for me of course, was to use one photo for each line … and then the photoku really  began to become a “photographic song” indeed (it’s interesting to note that I actually did a full circle …my first “photoku” indeed were composed of just three photos … one for each phrase in a haiku!).

A Stink Bug – September 15, 2014

photo haiku

autumn vineyards
among wild Passiflora
a stink bug

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Autumn Reflections – September 21, 2014

wordless Haiga_resized

new harvest
warm dreamy reflections
– new snow

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Indian Summer Walk – September 28, 2014

worldess Haiku_2

Indian summer
under ancient shadows
– bees

G.s.k. ’14

Roses Bloom – October 5, 2014

last blooms
near the ancient house
old cat

G.s.k. ’14

Time – October 12, 2014

Wordless haiku_2

fallow times
darkness deepens
poverty’s harvest

G.s.k. ’14

Childhood Memories – October 19, 2014

Wordless Haiku October 19

leaves and wild flowers
childhood memories

G.s.k. ’14

The Tournement – October 26, 2014

Oct26_2014 WH_2

the tournament
red feathered knight
ballads sung
memories of war

G.s.k. ’14

She Dreams – November 2, 2014

Wordless haiku nov_2_2014

harvest memories
sticky candied fruit
shadows of childhood

G.s.k. ’14

The “Mille Miglia” – November 8, 2014

Wordless Hiku_nov_8Collage

bridging history
the thousand mile auto race
hitchhiker’s dream

G.s.k. ’14

Bottles and lights – November 16, 2014

PhotoKu - November 16

cosmic red lightening
abstract – blue bottles

G.s.k. ’14

Cold Wave  – November 23, 2014

PhotoKu_ Nov 23

last dead leaves
cold waves on Lake Garda
ah – snow comes

G.s.k. ’14

Sunshine Exodus – November 30, 2014


frosty days
late migration
snowbirds fly south

G.s.k. 14


Mountain Cabin –  December 14, 2014


mountain cabin
ice-fog at dawn
frosted trees

G.s.k. ‘14


moon in heavens
over the baita*
frosty morning

*cabin in Italian

© G.s.k. ‘14

Christmas Snow – December 21, 2014

Stain glass collage_2

decorated trees
– light

G.s.k. ’14

Smiling in the Clouds  – January 4, 2014

photoku jan 4_monkey

clouds and rain
moon smiles brightly
a soaring bird

G.s.k. ‘15

dreams sailing free – January 18, 2015

PIC_Haiku Jan18 collage_3

embers of sunset
bridging the world
sailing free

G.s.k. ‘15

PIC_Haiku Jan18 collage


Ripples and Change – January 21, 2015


crack of dawn
ripples through infinity
times change

G.s.k. ‘15

Shadows and Patterns – January 25, 2015


shivering  patterns
shadows in darkened masks
a sinking leaf

near the cobbled path
patterns making dark omens
leaf shivering sinks

G.s.k. ‘15

Autumn Morning – January 29, 2015

observing the lake_collage
lantern on the post
old gull
G.s.k. ’15

Withered Moon – February 1, 2015

Signed_Withered Moon Ku_small

withered moon
morning dawns
ah – fishermen and ducks

© G.s.k. ‘15

A Dead Leaf On Stone – February 11, 2015

lamp and moutain_small light lit snow
what peace
the way

G.s.k. ’15

8 thoughts on “Shashin no uta – 写真 の 歌 – Photographic Song

  1. Bravo cara!!! I do remember these and only participated a few times. You and Jen did such a beautiful job…you truly should make a booklet of these. You have such an eye for photography and words of a gifted poet and writer. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to reminisce of then…now. xx

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    • Thanks so much Oliana for reading and commenting … I’d put them up as a page on the top of my blog and no one ever looked at them, so I tightened up the haiku and re-posted them. That was a very exciting period, I have fond memories of the work with Jen and all the participants in the various prompts we used to do.


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