Carpe Diem Theme Week 3 – Watch Birth and Death – April 23, 2016

sprout to fruit
even as these cherries bloom
like snow – petals fall

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Theme Week 3: Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume; 4 watch birth and death

watch birth and death:
the lotus has already
opened its flower.

© Soseki Natsume (Tr. Soiku Shigematsu)

The Narrow Road (4) – December 7, 2015

this dreary rainfall
falls on late-blooming cherries
fallen petals and rain drops
upon this unknown road

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem #874 Rainhat Island; since the cherry blossoms


Passing through the castle towns of Abumizuri and Shiroishi, I arrived at the province of Kasajima (Rainhat Island), where I asked the way to the mound of Lord Sanekata of the Fujiwara family. I was told that I must turn right in the direction of the villages of Minowa and Kasajima visible at the foot of the mountains in the distance, and that the mound was still there by the side of a shrine, buried in deep grass. I wanted to go that way, of course, but the muddy road after the early rain of the wet season and my weakness stopped me. The names of the two villages were so befitting to the wet season with their echoes of raincoat and umbrella that I wrote:

Rainhat Island—
where did you say it was?
muddy roads in May

© Basho (Tr. Donald Keene)

Soliloquy no Renga “Ah! Those Cherry Blossoms” – July 22, 2015



Ah! those cherry blossoms
their beauty amazes me again –
finally spring is here

© Chèvrefeuille

raining pink perfumed petals
decorates the warm tarmac

swallows from Africa
celebrate with cherry blossoms
making new nests

farmer’s barn decorated
with wicker basket homes

eggs laid
maturing in the warm spring
last cherry bloom falls

peeping young swallows cry
no cherry blossoms greet them

tiny green cherries
dangling tree decorations
young swallows first flights

swirling in the warm orchard
bees, swallows and butterflies

last swallow departs
the cherry tree stands bare
golden leaves fall

thoughts of swallows as it snows
dreaming of cherry blossoms

first cherry blossoms
greet the returning swallows
rebirth of life

 © G.s.k. ‘15

Written for: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #53, Soliloquy no Renga “Ah! Those Cherry Blossoms”

Today’s episode of Tokubetsudesu is to write a soliloquy no renga … that is a renga where just one poet creates a series of haiku for the hokku presented … concluding it by connecting in a full circle to the hokku.  Here is how Chèvrefeuille explains it:

The first verse “hokku” gives the title to the renga and sets the entire image of your renga. By association on the verse before the verse you have to write you can make the renga a complete story. The Soliloquy no Renga is just for fun and I hope it will bring you the fun and inspiration as I had in mind. You can choose on your own how much links you use, but at least (as I said above) six (6) links. The last link has to make the “circle complete” and in that way has a link with the first verse. That last verse is called “ageku”.

Soliloquy No Renga – April 1, 2015

Original @ Wikipedia

Original @ Wikipedia

such a malice
cherry blossoms in full bloom
the Spring wind!

© Chèvrefeuille

blossoms falling like snowflakes
covering the grass in pink blooms

the geisha weeps
cherry blossom festival
at an early end

her lover kisses her tears
offering a single branch

a blooming branch
bright pink cherry blossoms
renews their love

a sweet gift from Kyoto
wipes away the geisha’s tears

serving sake and tea
she plays her shamisen
warbling of spring love

samurai in ecstasy
promises her his future

meeting mama-san
he offers a thousand yen
for Cherry Blossom

they were united in March
under cherry blossom rain

© G.s.k. ‘15

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Heeding Haiku with HA – Spring – March 26, 2015


sitting in the park
across the stony bridge
speaking of spring

cherry blossoms beckon
ah – warm morning memories

© G.s.k. ‘15


Share a wisp of the air that you are breathing through your haiku or tanka or both with us this week.

Here are some kigo to help you out in your writing: frogs, skylarks, cherry blossoms, spring haze, warm, etc.


Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Heeding Haiku with HA

Tan Renga – Cherry Blossoms – February 7, 2015

cherry blossom rain
young girls with pink parasols
watched by eager boys

© JazzBumpa

walk under the pink raindrops
enjoying the warm spring breeze

sweet blossoms in bloom
new love in the April air
blackbirds carolling

© G.s.k. ‘15

This was written for the Tan Renga prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … and don’t forget to click on JazzBumpa’s link to see what he did originally on his blog .. a great job well done!