Dawn – September 8, 2016 (Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)

On Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today the challenge is: Try to create a haiku in which you use “the fragment and phrase” way of writing haiku using the Jan’s modern kigo, dawn.  Here are a few examples of this technique particular to haiku using Jane Reichhold’s haiku:

rosy dawn
colors the moon
into the sea

spring dawn
darkness flies from the trees
with the bird

the sound of waves
on your sleeping face
dawn light

© Jane Reichhold

and by our host Chèvrefeuille:

her naked body
glistens from sweat
after a hot night

daylight brightens
a rooster crows his sun greet
the silence deepens

© Chèvrefeuille

rainy dawn

wet dawn
greeting another day
with raindrops

© Gsk ‘16

 this hidden spring
refreshes who quaffs
as dawn passes

at dawn
the swallows swoop
into the sun

© Gsk ‘16 (on Tumblr)

Snowdrop – Haiku Writing Techniques – December 30, 2015


in winter’s midst
standing on the empty pier
a snowdrop

long winter day
passes in a flash of light

© G.s.k. ‘15

This post is dedicated to my friend Elena of Elena ed Orlando

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #25 The Technique of Narrowing Focus

ake yasuki yo wo iso ni yoru kurage kana

the short night ending–
close to the water’s edge
a jellyfish

© Yosa Buson

amenohiya madakini kurete nemuno hana

A rainy day
Quickly falls the night–
Silk-tree blossoms

© Yosa Buson

the whole sky
in a wide field of flowers
one tulip

© Jane Reichhold

in the moonlight
Wisteria flowers look fragile –
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille

Haiku Technique “movement” – Haiku – December 25, 2015

like life’s breath
the waves move in and out
upon the sand

upon the sand
flowing swishing growing
in every season

in every season
in calm or in a tempest
on the beach, life’s breath

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #24 movement (undou)

Shadows on the Wall – Haiku – December 17, 2015


flickering candles
shadows dancing on the wall
winter memories

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #23 finding the divine in the common

the one thing
that lights my world
a rice gourd

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

incense unrolls

© Jane Reichhold

the liquid sunset
touches the sea
I touch the sea, too

scent of falling leaves
– sense of fading dreams
suddenly, a ladybug!

© Hamish Gunn (a.k.a. Pirate)

a single tulip
my companion
for one night

© Chèvrefeuille (2005)

Morning Haiku and Waka – double entendre avec musique – December 9, 2015


fowl improvisations
on an evening walk

playing Chopin
adagio through crescendo
entr’acte duet
this warm summer afternoon
our fugue into fantaisie

© G.s.k. ‘15



Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #22 double entendre (double meaning)

In today’s post on writing techniques we explored double meanings which is one of the techniques I love the most … above I play with musical terms … and not only.


Morning Haiku and Waka – Sunrise – December 2, 2015

willow sunrise

dawn breaks
shadowing willows and pines
in black and white

sun’s reflections
outlining autumn trees
at dawn

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #21 The Technique of Mixing It Up:  today’s technique helps us include the author creating a bit of ambiguity using the gerund in one’s haiku … who is doing the action, nature or the author?  Here are two examples of how the technique works:

end of winter
covering the first row
of lettuce seeds

© Jane Reichhold

meigetsu ya ike o megurite yomosugara

full moon
walking around the pond
all night

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Reflections – Haiku – November 18, 2015

Padua reflections

the city lives twice
in the river

shimmering light
dancing moon light on the lake
in shimmering light

among the trees
filtering through the leaves
guiding light

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #19 as is above; as below

A Single Tree – Haiku – November 11, 2015

a single tree

a single tree
alone on the mountain stands
misty sunset

© G.s.k. ‘15

This is an attempt to use the “yugen” haiku writing technique … for more information on the technique click HERE.  An example which I enjoyed very much was written by Chèvrefeuille:

from a treetop
emptiness dropped down
in a cicada shell
the soothing sound of spring rain
makes the silence stronger  

© Chèvrefeuille

Morning Haiku and Waka (Metaphor) – October 24, 2015

lamp haiga

unlit lamp
illuminating nothing
sways in the sunshine

the tea-cup falls on the floor
autumn storms

a lone finch
singing on the roof tops
solo no renga

moon at the window
fills the room with ghostly light
echoing regrets

the kitten pounces
her bushy tail twitching
a single feather

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #15 Metaphor

A classical examples of haiku metaphor by Basho:

on a bare branch
a crow lands
autumn dusk

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

a closer look:

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure

on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk

© Basho (Tr. Stephen Wolfe)

Our host Chèvrefeuille’s examples:

black on white
a flight of crows settles down
in an autumn field

© Chèvrefeuille

tired of spinning
the cat takes time for itself
and washes his face

© Chèvrefeuille

fly like an eagle
as free as a bird in the sky
living my dream

© Chèvrefeuille