An evening walk – A Story in Waka – October 16, 2016

An evening walk – A Story in Waka

crossing Arco’s bridge
the gloaming paints the clouds
three broken street lamps
add to the skyline etching
how lovely shadows can be

cars whiz past
still the geraniums bloom
on the bridge railings

crossing the road
under shadowy clouds
through rushing traffic
how unlike the river Sarca
this modern flow of steel

under pools of gold
from lamplight to lamplight
this road leads home

the dark path

ahi – noisy dog
jumping and barking loudly
behind closed gates
whether challenge or welcome
it goes unheeded

old stone wall
silently guides lone footsteps
up this moonlit path

the stream is silent
under the wooden bridge
despite morning rains

Bolognano
the church bells strike eight
as I enter town
light spills from closed windows
bodiless voices drift by

I unlock my door
a cautious cat looks on
just beyond my reach

© Gsk ‘16

bare limbs – haiku – October 1, 2016

bare tree

morning haze
caressing these bare limbs
beside the lake

Gsk ’16

Carpe Diem #1069 leafless trees – inspiration offered by Jane Reichhold’s series of haiku:

from the wind
the flute lesson
of a bare tree

wood smoke
shaping the radiant bodies
of trees in winter

in the clearing
hovering a circle of trees
their halos

© Jane Reichhold

 

Autumn Afternoon in Padua – September 29, 2016

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a sunny day
this short parenthesis
of autumn
before we pick up
our lives

© Gsk ‘16

questa giornata
questa breve parentesi
d’autunno
prima di riprendere
le nostre vite

© Gsk ‘16

Autumn Thoughts – Waka – September 29, 2016

 

 

fence

near the roadside
a weed covered fence
and old dead leaves
no warbling blackbird sings
smell the burning bond fires

the train passes
screeching iron on iron
the earth shakes
then silence fills the air
crashing waves of silence

old man and woman
passing in an autumn day
each lost in thought
memories of the days gone by
no thoughts for tomorrow

sidewalk cafe
drinking bitter espresso
here – a crying babe
there – shadows dance in the street
McCartney sings “Let it be”

© Gsk ‘16

 

Dreams of spring – Tanka – September 12, 2016

Carpe Diem Special #218 Dolores’ 2nd “dreaming of spring”

This is the second special dedicated to Dolores of   “Ada’s Poetry Alcove”, a tanka about life’s cycle:

autumn
flowers drop their petals
summer gone
they sleep in cold earth
dreaming of spring

© Dolores

And here is our host’s lovely tanka:

a last leaf
fights with the fall storm
its color fades
struggling against the wind
it surrenders

© Chèvrefeuille

And now for my attempt:

leaf in wet grass

autumn
as two lovers kiss
on a park bench
even without blackbird song
spring dreams return

© Gsk ‘16

Una Mattina – Chained Senryu – September 11, 2016

three drops of water
here, this dim dewy morning
yet another day

how does one measure
a long lonely day
in metres or feet

what of illusions
of togetherness now gone
that morning

three drops of water
not dew not tears not rain
yet another day

(memories
cathartic shocks
from a TV show)

white clouds pass
and evening comes and goes
yet nothing changes

unless this morning
is a new beginning
yet another day
in this splendid sunshine
the birds sing

© Gsk ‘16

I believe I’ve used Ludovico Einaudi’s music in the past … at least once – he was already in my tags but I’d like to thank Cheryl-Lynn Roberts for reminding me of this author this morning from her Facebook page.