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

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

Basho Encore #10 a bush warbler – July 31, 2015

uguisu no kasa otoshi taru tsubaki kana

a bush warbler
has dropped his hat
a camellia

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

a cuckoo
changing the program
TV antenna

Cuckoos usually never come down into the valley here in Bolognano, but it’s been a rather strange summer, not only did a cuckoo sit on the antenna just off my back terrace this summer, serenading us for about half an hour, but we also saw a hawk with its chick perched on an antenna.  I wonder what Basho would have written if he’d lived in our age.

two hawks
visiting the village

© G.s.k. ‘15


Written for :Carpe Diem’s On The Trail With Basho Encore #10 a bush warbler

Full Moon – July 2, 2015

playing with the moon_1

smiling on the mountain
her peach blushed face radiant
July full moon

© G.s.k. ‘15

My son visited the yesterday and we walked down to Arco to have a pizza for dinner.  The moon came out from behind the clouds at about 10:00 as we were walking back home through the fields.  Her beautiful blushing round face illuminated the white stones of the path until, once again, the clouds returned covering her face.

timid lady hides
behind a screen this evening
flushing full moon

© G.s.k. ‘15


Carpe Diem Extra #21 July-2015

and here is our host’s contribution inspired by Hawaiian mythology:

dripping wet moon
the Water Bearer spills
water from the bowl

© Chèvrefeuille

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 9, 2015

cortilea chorus of dogs
sound in “cacophonia”
this early morning
roof tops frosted white
reflect the morning sun

morning stress
wondering about a man
Mr. Linky

bells mark the hour
my morning is nearly gone

dawn over the netted fench
poetry and worms

© G.s.k. ‘15