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

 

Fish and Frogs – Waka – September 10, 2016

Today I’m looking at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s prompt using the modern kigo offered to us by Jane Reichhold – fish and frogs.  Though particular, I enjoyed writing the ku for her kigo – especially as it brought me back in time to June of this year … here are the examples offered to us by Jane Reichhold through our host Chèvrefeuille (and his haiku effort):

heron silence
landing in the middle
of frog silence

silence
larger on the lily pad
a frog

delicate pastels
in the pain of a pinch
from a crab

new moons
at the edge of the pond
fish milt

© Jane Reichhold

croaking of frogs
resonates through the valley –
cry of a new-born

© Chèvrefeuille

Now for my efforts:

 

under the lilies
playing hide and seek
gold-fish

© Gsk ‘16

storm clouds
gather on the horizon
a frog croaks

old frog
jumps off its lily pad
rain drops fall

in father’s old pond
swim memories of his love
mother sighs

life –
hidden under lily pads
fish and frogs

© Gsk ‘16

I took many photographs of my dad’s fish pond before my mom passed away in late spring.  I enjoyed watching the life on and under the pond – from the koi to the dragon flies and frogs .. it’s a delightful microcosm of life and wonder.  Now both my mother and father are gone and I guess it’s pretty unlikely I’ll see the pond again.  But the memories will always be with me.

Dawn – September 8, 2016 (Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)

On Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today the challenge is: Try to create a haiku in which you use “the fragment and phrase” way of writing haiku using the Jan’s modern kigo, dawn.  Here are a few examples of this technique particular to haiku using Jane Reichhold’s haiku:

rosy dawn
colors the moon
into the sea

spring dawn
darkness flies from the trees
with the bird

the sound of waves
on your sleeping face
dawn light

© Jane Reichhold

and by our host Chèvrefeuille:

her naked body
glistens from sweat
after a hot night

daylight brightens
a rooster crows his sun greet
the silence deepens

© Chèvrefeuille

rainy dawn

wet dawn
greeting another day
with raindrops

© Gsk ‘16

 this hidden spring
refreshes who quaffs
as dawn passes

at dawn
the swallows swoop
into the sun

© Gsk ‘16 (on Tumblr)

Daily Haiku and Waka – Mini Anthology – July 28, 2016

June 18, 2016

departure_small

anonymous –
awaiting departure calls
travel daze

© Gsk ’16

June 19, 2016

fountain_small

the sound of water
serenity in chaos
St Louis hotel

© Gsk ’16

June 20, 2016

Porto Marghera_small

 – Porto Marghera
home is always beautiful
in all its aspects

© Gsk ’16

July 23, 2016

Rimini_smallevery year –
summer Italian style
sand, sun and sea

© Gsk ’16

July 25, 2016

Rimini_3_small

Rimini
amarcord and Fellini
on harbour canal

© Gsk ’16

sandy slippersbw_raindrops

Rimini
amarcord and Fellini
on harbour canal

© Gsk ’16

July 27, 2016

thunder-storm
in a flash of light
the sky opens

© Gsk ’16

Carpe Diem Haiku Special – July 28, 2016

 

trees

Cypress trees

I’ve been off again and although the hotel advertised  wi-fi it wasn’t at all efficient!  Anyway, I’m back and I will try to make up for my absence!

I have Carpe Diem Haiku Kai as my opening page on my browser and so I was able to immediately see this lovely prompt dedicated to the renowned haiku poet and anthologist of women’s haiku Patricia Donegan.  Here are the two haiku that Chèvrefeuille used for the post:

As rain drops diminish
I hear the tapping
of the monk’s wooden bell.

Tonight
the cypress tree & I
lean into the wind.

© Patricia Donegan

As you know the purpose of the Carpe Diem Haiku Special is to fall into the spirit of the poet and their poetry and try to write in the same spirit as the author.  Here is my attempt:

under rain and wind
bending along the trail
the tree and the monk

© Gsk ’16