‘Weeping Willow’ – July 13, 2015

Wind and willow

Wind and willow

dishevelled foliage flying
the weeping willow

the weeping willow
faces the raging wind

bending but not breaking
the willow resists

the willow resists
first drops of rain – fall
weeping in the wind

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Time Glass #35 weeping willow

Juxtaposition – Cicadas and Snow – July 6, 2015

snow lamp

July afternoon
cicadas sing in the trees
I dream of snow
upon a mountain road
white patched trees and lamplight

summer heat
inviting thoughts of winter
as cicadas sing

This photograph was used yesterday for Silent Sunday … yesterday the thermometer hit 32° C. and for the first time this summer the cicadas began to sing.  Looking through my archives, I came across this photograph, with a lovely lamp-post in the snow.

cicada song burst
a hot summer afternoon
visions of snow

© G.s.k. ‘15

Please follow the LINK for the full episode of Carpe Diem Time Glass #34, “juxtaposition”.  Below are Chèvrefeuille’s example of juxtaposition illustrated in his great haiku and tanka:

at the nude beach
the heat is overwhelming –
longing for the coolness
high up in the mountains
perpetual snow

© Chèvrefeuille

perpetual snow
reflects the sunlight –
I dream of a nude beach

© Chèvrefeuille

Basho’s “first celebrate” – Choka – June 15, 2015


Giardino dell’Arena – Padua

confined in winter
are my heart’s withered blossoms
when once they were fresh
I celebrated life’s loves
time’s passing seasons
in this life never returns
once spring is gone
it’s only a memory
so celebrate now
the flowers of your young heart
be joyous in love
let not cold thoughts freeze you up
dance in the wind
give praise to the warm sun
so when winter comes
you can look back with a smile
remembering cherry blooms

© G.s.k. ‘15

mazu iwae ume o kokoro no fuyu-gomeri

first celebrate
the flowers in your heart
confined in winter

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Written for:  Carpe Diem Time Glass #31, Basho’s “first celebrate”