Oleander Branch – Prose Tanka – February 19, 2016

Green Leaves

Some of the young people walk down the street pushing each other in good humour.  A little apart there is a pair of young couples holding hands and exchanging kisses.  Some kids are still in an early morning stupor, just not quite awake yet. The youthful vitality overflows every morning on this street throughout the week with the cacophonic babbling of students waiting to go to school.  An oleander bush stands near the bus stop.  One of the boys rips off a branch and pretends to be a “mage” chasing his companions shouting: “Fire Ball!!”.  As the bus comes into sight, he throws away his wand.

thrown on the dust heap
oleander branch
picked by the careless hand
of a wayward mage

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #920 Hunger (Empathy)

Human beings are odd creatures.  They have ideas and ideals that no other creature in nature has and this can be positive of negative I suppose.  In either case we believe ourselves to be superior beings, above the plants and animals of course, who have no sense of good or bad, who can’t really get into understanding what life is.  We know how the “other” feels, because we have what’s called empathy, being able to slip into the reality of another being, this is one of the reasons we are special. But our empathy is imperfect, as is our sense of right and wrong.  Or perhaps there’s more than meets the eye.

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 4, 2016

Troiku – Grey Sky Paradox

less cold
a cloudy day cloaks the world
comforting grey warmth

less cold
when the clouds hang in the sky
not a cold clear day

a cloudy day cloaks the world
in the mountains – snow
in our valley tears

comforting grey warmth
clear blue skies freeze the earth
a paradox

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #890 Shoukan (less cold)

First Kiss – Tanka – February 23, 2015

his first kiss
he was four and she three
the photograph
sits in our family album
sweet faces and golden curls

© G.s.k. 15

The First Kiss – (c) Ron D’Raine

that first kiss
a mother gives her child
unique life-giving
welcome into this new life
a blessing from the gods

© G.s.k. 15

These tanka were written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – First Kiss – Time Glass Challenge

Morning Haiku and Waka – February 10, 2015

standing on the shore dreaming
wisps of wind calling

ducks, coots a gull’s pass
in the stillness a sparrow
the sun bids farewell

a lonely soul
sings a sunset Pavane
lake winter sunset

the evening bay
ripples of light in water
first stars appear

a winter sunset
inside a desolate soul
beauty’s memory
and maybe time’s passage
is a game played by gulls

G.s.k. 15


Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s … Sunset … over a harbour