Morning haiku and waka – September 13, 2015

each rice sprout planted
by hand in the flooded fields
in late autumn

the woman moves
through the endless furrows
under the pulsing sun

timeless rice plants sway
under the moonless sky
like summer stars

rolling the grass
powerless the seeds fall
into the rice bags

floating in the dust
rice chaff dances in the sunshine
over rice paddies

known by many names
no matter where’s it’s grown
women planted rice
worldwide they’ve toiled in fields
in timeless tradition

© G.s.k. ‘15

THIS WEEK’S WORDS for the September 9th Sunday Whirligig come from “August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower” by Twyla Hansen: rolling, furrow, moves, dust, timeless, floating, name, powerless, stars, rub, pulsing, moonless

Also written for:

Carpe Diem Time Machine #16

The photographs were found in a google search: The black and white photo of the Italian mondine was found at AvaxNews. The black and white photo of Japanese Planters was found at Pocket Guide to Japan. The colour photo of women planting rice while three men are watching the was found at Are You Corn-fed? (And the article attached to the photo is really worth reading). The old photograph of the elderly Italian women was found at Early Photos of Ebersgöns a gallery of historical photographs. The colour photograph of the woman in the rice-fields of Tamal was found at Gems of Tamalnadu. The photograph of Gambian rice workers was found at River Gambia Expedition. And the painting of the Italian women planting rice was found at Bioware Forum.  The video clip of “Riso Amaro” was found on YouTube.

Two Flaming Jades – Tanka – August 30, 2015

two flaming jades
shine in the dark country side
caught in the headlights
the cat crouching in the road
contemplates eternity

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Time Machine #15 Jade where we can also read these delightful haiku from the past:

His hanging shoulders
The jaded eyes say it all
Pocket is empty.

© Tarun Mazumdar

Jaded thoughts
Nix positive growth
Jolt of verve

© Becca Givens

Wise are the women
consorting with the foxes,
coaxing jade to sing.

© Mark R. Redfearn

roaring thunder
water colored like jade
mingles with sunlight

© Chèvrefeuille


rough seas – haiku and tanka – August 15, 2015

so many rough seas
navigated through these years
in different lands
Italy to Africa
blessings of experience


huddled in a coat
sea breeze whips up the waves
autumn squall


walking on the beach
winter grey – sea and sky
gulls sit on the trees


lightning – and wind howls
in the bay of Savona
rough winter seas


© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Time Machine #14 rough sea