My Favourite Haiku – Nobuko Katsura – September 25, 2015

Arco, Italy

Christmas –
this sadness of being a wife
when did I first feel it?

© Nobuko Katsura

I think there isn’t a wife (or husband) alive that hasn’t felt  this sadness at least once. Why? Because:

Prince Charming
without a magic sword
a husband

© G.s.k. ’15

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Carpe Diem My favourite haiku by Alice Walker – August 28, 2015

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Photo Credit – Virginia DeBolt – Alice Walker speaks (Wikipedia)

“in my journal
I thought I could
everything —

the soft wings of cranes
sifting the salt sea

© Alice Walker
Found at:
Those Women Writing Haiku
Tanka and Haiku Come to America (AHA Poetry)


walking this path
from my dawn to my dusk
just kinda lost

the whispering wind
calls to me saying:
don’t listen to the crows
keep walking
until you can’t walk anymore.

© G.s.k. ‘15


I was looking for a woman haiku poet whom I hadn’t read, so I went to visit AHA Poetry and found an interesting book by Jane about the history of our craft … and there in chapter two – Alice Walker and the poem I chose – because of so many haiku I’ve read this one really rang true inside of me.  So, I did some research into the life of Alice Walker and besides finding many other delightful haiku and poems I also discovered that she’s the author of “The Color Purple”.

When my first marriage was breaking up, I bought a video player and got myself some films to watch on Christmas day, which I passed alone because my sons were invited to their Dad’s house for the occasion.  One of these films was “The Color Purple”.  I watched it several times, because though there was nothing in the life of the protagonist that could really relate to my life – I still felt that ring of truth, that something that called to me and said … this could have been you.

For more information about Alice Walker, click the link on her name …

a woman’s fate
there but for fortune
not my own

© G.s.k. ‘15

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My Favourite haiku by Basho – August 13, 2015

Won’t you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

©  Matsuo Basho

a single blossom
left on the cherry tree
ah –  loneliness

© G.s.k. ‘15

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Carpe Diem My favorite haiku by … #1 Matsuo Basho (1644-1694): a snowstorm of flowers

Today there is a wonderful new features at Carpe Diem – from the poet chosen for each episode, we are to choose our favourite haiku … not easy, today’s haiku poet is Basho and there are decidedly many of his poems that I would call – my favourite! Once we choose the poem we should try to revise it … I’ve chosen to at least try to write in the same spirit and tone …