Carpe Diem Special for Dolores – September 8, 2016 – Tanka

This month the featured haiku poetess on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Dolores from Ada’s Poetry Alcove. Dolores was the winner of the last kukai “prayers” with the following haiku:

autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away

© Dolores

For the first CD Special Chèvrefeuille has chosen a tanka for our inspiration. She created the tanka inspired by the music of Karunesh entitled Calling Wisdom.

paintbrush flowers
dancing on the hillside
wind blows over reeds
ancient chants resurrected
sights and sounds of summer

© Dolores

shatters the evening calm
rushing home
I find refuge in silence
and the sound of wind chimes

© Gsk ‘16

Vivaldi Inspires – Sedoka/Haiku – July 5,2014

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi is one of my favorite pieces by this composer!  This is Summer …from Carpe Diem’s Haiku Kai Special for this lovely musical prompt.  I decided to write not a normal haiku or tanka for this post but a sedoka with a haiku.


humid haziness
sun drenched morning dawns brightly
changeling northern Italy
sudden thunder-storms
swallows spiral in the wind
inconstant summer nature

teeming life
sun bursts through dark clouds
rain drenched bees

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice the fourth of March 1678 and died on the 28th of July 1741.  He was the son of a barber, who loved music and taught his son to play the violin when he was very young.  He showed an early aptitude for music.  He is now considered a master of Baroque composition, unfortunately in his day though he had a certain amount of success, he died in poverty.

Two points struck me when I looked into Vivaldi’s life:

The first being that there are no biographies of Vivaldi before the 20th century, because after his death his music fell into obscurity to only be revived in the 20th century!

The second is that he was an ordained Catholic priest though this really shouldn’t have surprised me, most of the lower class children were sent to the seminary when they showed special talents which their family couldn’t afford to develop.  For more about Antonio Vivaldi follow this Wikipedia Link.

Here’s another musical link to a piece by Vivaldi, maybe less know, but very beautiful.  I think you’ll enjoy it:

Haiku Special: Under the Willow

somber willowunder the willow
storm winds whisper their promise
silent song birds wait

under the willow
children play and elders nap
summer sun shining


under the willow
a lost lagoon moulders green
water reflections

under the willow
mysterious summer dreams
carps swim in the pond

Written for Carpe diem Haiku Kai – The first Lineopen-book-flames-best-books_1040815(1) I have to admit I enjoyed writing these haiku.  I liked how the first line set the pace…and I liked looking for some of my older photos to illustrate them.  Have a great day folks.