Cee’s Black &White Challenge – Public Transport: Venice – September 18, 2015

Travelling in Venice

Travelling in Venice on the waterways of the lagoon … spring holiday. (American Sentence)


This week Cee offers us the opportunity to show different scenes of public transportation in black and white – (no cars or trucks) …

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Visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Public Transportation for more information of how to participate!

Morning Haiku and Waka – August 29, 2015

there, in the dawn each morning
a promise seems to linger
something new will come about
but then it passes


hear the bells
like every morning they chime
echoing at dawn
then the silence pulses
inside like a waterfall


an old dusty trail
wind-blown and rutted
a banjo plays
somewhere in my memory
hides the Grand Ole Opry


Saturday morning I think of pancakes – Mom in the kitchen humming.


Late summer – their chicks grown,  the swallows fill the morning sky in silence.

© G.s.k. ‘15

Morning Haiku – July 24, 2015

flash of lightening
illuminating the lake
three drops of rain

Warm moments: hundred percent humidity one day in Djibouti.

Imagine living in forty-five* degree heat each day … without end.

morning dew
no – this wasn’t rain fall
just morning dew
with flashes of lightening
to jazz up the sky a bit

© G.s.k. ‘15

*Centigrade about 113° F

Screen Door – Memories of childhood – July 13, 2015

Screen Door

Screen Door

summer days
slamming the screen door
they go out to play

© G.s.k. ‘15

“Shut the damn screen door and keep out the flies” … her summer memories.

barbecued ribs
flapping screen door
dancing the twist

whining spring
screeches on the screen door
crash! wood against wood

old screen door
hooked against the summer wind
tornado warnings

Don’t slam that door … her useless admonitions each summer evening.

memory of her …
each time the screen door slams
after fifty years

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for Carpe Diem #775 Amido (screen door or window screen)

(Of course … these haiku [mostly American Haiku and American Sentences)  are not about “amido” which is a lovely rice paper screens used in Japanese shoji] whcih will be for another series … I think just about every American child of the 1950s probably heard, at least once, one of the phrases or sounds above … and for all I know some may still hear them, like I do every time the screen door slams in the summer.)

Night Concert – June 28, 2015

Big Band

Benny Goodman’s big band plays again at Riva – ten o’clock p.m.  (© G.s.k. ‘15)

colour and sound
vibrations in the night
moon lit concerts

© G.s.k. ‘15


Carpe Diem #763 outdoor concerts

Clouds – June 4, 2015

dappled mountain haiga_small

laying on the green
watch the clouds play games
sheep and swans

Old grey men grumbling in the sky biding their time to wet the picnic.

fluffy popcorn
puffed up with rain
on a sunny day

© G.s.k. ‘15

Today’s episode on CDHK  is dedicated to “clouds” found in Jane Reichhold’s Dictionary of Modern Kigo … and Chèvrefeuille also illustrated the word with lots of enjoyable haiku by Jane and others:

dancing lights
clouds sprinkle the sun
across water

curving with the land
a rainbow of clouds
moves out to sea

after the rain
breathing deeply
white valley clouds

© Jane Reichhold

Glorious the moon . . .
therefore our thanks dark clouds
Come to rest our necks

Clouds come from time to time –
and bring to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.

© Basho (Tr. Bellenson)

on the river’s bank
already it’s a moonlit night…
billowing clouds

emerging under
the peaks of clouds…
a little boat

© Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue, www.haikuguy.com)

mysterious clouds
changing images through the wind
ah! what a sight

© Chèvrefeuille

fantasy world unfolds
while the wind tears clouds apart
in sunny colors

in sunny colors
clouds moving, changing everlasting
fantasy world unfolds

© Chèvrefeuille

Dawn Thoughts – June 27, 2014



cock crowed at five
lusty lad an early raiser
ladies a-waiting


Down through the valley I see,
Antennas growing everywhere.
Wonder who’s watching TV
Now that dawn draws nigh?
Insomniacs … All night zappers?
Night owls without a choice?
Gracefully the sun tops the hills.

(N.B. Transferred Acrostic to Menu)

American Sentences

Purple and grey, without majesty just another hazy morning.

My early morning, another’s late night – now that’s relativity!


Good morning and have a great day!  Bastet

(Through the Eye of Bastet – Morning Reflections)

American Sentences – March 6, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUnder this starlight at dawn, nightingales warble their last evening strain.

So clear, I feel like the stars this morning are ready to be gathered.

Tower bell ring your warning that the day is upon me and I’ll listen.

Another day is dawning, the stars winking out chased away by the sun.


American Haiku: Moon Shine

b&w moon

American Haiku


Moon Shine

moon shine over mountains
inebriates my sleeping mind
she reflects on the roof top


Mountain moonshine
inebriates my mind
before dawn.

n.b.  I’m trying to find Jack Kerouac’s form of haiku…the American Haiku:

“Then I’ll invent the American Haiku type: The simple rhyming triolet:– Seventeen syllables?  No, as I say, American Pops:– Simple 3-line poems”


– Jack Kerouac, Reading Notes 1965

“The windmills of
Oklahoma look
In every direction.”
“One flower
on the cliffside
Nodding at the canyon.”


 “In the medicine cabinet
the winter fly
Has died of old age.”


Someone said that the American Sentence is the same thing…but no.  Allen Ginsberg invented the American Sentence :

From: “This form, invented by Allen Ginsberg, is simply a variation of the haiku. The rules of an American Sentence are very simple. The poem is one sentence, 17 syllables long. That’s it. If you can write a haiku, you can write an American Sentence, though it would also be fair to argue it’s a little more challenging because while haiku don’t have to be complete sentences, American Sentences … well, kind of obviously do.” The American Sentence – Writing on the Sun

Seems the Ginsberg didn’t like to write haiku so: “Ginsberg’s solutions, which first appear in his book Cosmopolitan Greetings, are his American Sentences: One sentence, 17 syllables, end of story. It makes for a rush of a poem, and if you decide to include the season and an aha! moment as Japanese haiku do—i.e., a divided poem with a hinge or pause separating the originator from the kapow!—well, more power to you!” About.com – Allen Ginsberg’s American Sentences – An Introduction to His Variation on Haiku.

And just to confus me a little more, whilst doing OctPoWriMo 2013 I did this prompt: OctPoWriMo – Poetry Prompt Day 21: Short, Sweet and Simple:

He wanted to try something different, though, and purely American, so he created the American Sentence Poem. It is like a haiku in that it is seventeen syllables, but the sound units are spread over a sentence rather than a three line poem.
Today, your challenge is to write a micropoem.
In other words, very short.Very sweet. Very simple.
Seventeen syllables or less.
Word Prompt: Miccropoem

Quotes for inspiration:

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

– Jack Kerouac

Anyone know something about this subject?