Spring and passing – haiku and tanka – June 30, 2016

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in passing
even a single tile
tells a story

late spring
after the thunder-storm
fallen trees
the sun shines brightly
the wind whispers softly

© Gsk ‘16

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille June 29th 2016

Haiku Horizons – Swing – May 2, 2016

The clock

in the early hours
swinging to jazz accepting
insomnia

up and down
reaching for the clouds
my legs straight out
just yearning for freedom
on a swing in the school yard

ticktock
listening to time passing
as the pendulum swings

he watches her
skirt swinging ’round her thighs
remembering spring

© G.s.k. ‘16

Haiku Horizons prompt “swing”

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Haiku Horizons – swing

Morning Haiku and Waka – Sunday – May 1, 2016

light and shadow haiga

morning chill
raindrops fall on these flowers
awaiting May warmth

laying in bed
listening to the raindrops
warm under the sheets
drifting in and out of sleep
so hard to leave my dreams

those chiming bells
echoing in this loneliness
their hollow call

© G.s.k. ‘16

Morning Haiku and Waka – April 28, 2016

the lonely swan haiga

alone –
a swan swims into view
flowers blossom

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cold morning walk
north wind freezes the blossoms
snow dusts the mountains

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on this spring morning
looking at the snowy mount
and cherry blossoms
turning brittle on the trees
still – the birds huddle
no song fills the morning air
grey clouds hang heavy
and the northern winds whistle
ringing the wind chimes
making the trees bow low
and then for a moment –
a single ray of sunshine
escaped through the clouds
a single blackbird
began to sing his spring song
in the herb garden
a new sprout raises its head
there’s no denying
life’s warmth is a breath away
just waiting to be perceived.

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the stone wall
behind this screen holds up
my red clay tiled roof
and the nest of two sparrows
hear them twitter happily

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Theme Week 3 – Watch Birth and Death – April 23, 2016

sprout to fruit
even as these cherries bloom
like snow – petals fall

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Theme Week 3: Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume; 4 watch birth and death

watch birth and death:
the lotus has already
opened its flower.

© Soseki Natsume (Tr. Soiku Shigematsu)

NaPoWriMo: Day 14 – Late – April 15, 2016

spring flowers

in the morning of time
the child arose smiling
birds sang in the trees

walking down the path
as each new spring day begins
the perfume is sweet

these silver dew drops
twinkle under the new sun
life’s precious gems

why rock the old cradle
certainly no child lies here
except in memory

listen to these notes:
they are the keys of my soul
or so you tell me
although written long ago
for a moon long forgotten

© G.s.k. ‘16

 

1sojournal – NaPoWriMo: Day 14 – Words: child, walk, silver, cradle, keys, moon

I didn’t write on my blog at all yesterday and so this is a day late.

Sunday Whirl and NaPoWriMo – Haiku and Tanka – April 10, 2016

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wintry last stands
where talk ends and hope is born
rain drips on blossoms

the river flows
tales under the surface
call to us
concentric circle shimmers
as a trout eat mosquitoes.

© G.s.k. ‘16

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NaPoWriMo: Day 10 – Smorgasbord Sunday

Reblogged from Bastet’s Waka Library – April 4, 2016

one drop of water
inside a roaring river
unification
some would say
the loneliest number –
one
the sound of one hand
swooshing through the summer air
then silence
lone cicada call
soloist in late evening
his last call

© G.s.k. ’16

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Prayer Flags – Haiku – March 24, 2016

 

under the sunshine
prayers flap in the spring wind
colours of hope

© G.s.k. ‘16

 A Note: Traditional Tibetan prayer flags are rectangular … but I couldn’t help but think of Tibetan Peace Flag Project looking at the photograph:  

“The Peace Flag Project provides the opportunity for people to make flags that express their wishes for the world. The flags may be hung indoors, but they are intended to be strung up outside where the wind will disperse their messages. After some time the prayer flags will fade and fray (they purposely are not hemmed) symbolizing the natural passing of all things. When that happens, the flags are to be burned to release the last of their prayers and then replaced by new flags that contain our renewed wishes. Or you may simply put new ones over the old ones..
Every time you look at the flags, let them remind you to continue to send out your own prayers for world peace, kindness and generosity. As you do so, you will also benefit from their blessings.”

Three Line Tales: Week Eight