Morning Haiku and Waka – February 9, 2015

Lily Pond

Lily Pond

Arco, Trentino is an ex-colony of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Archduke’s park called the Arboretum isn’t far from my house. There’s a lovely pond full of water lilies, tiny gold fish, dragon flies, turtles and frogs.

Early in the summer mornings children from nearby summer camps come to visit in droves; laughing, running and yes, chasing frogs and dragon flies.

children’s laughter
frogs play tag with the turtles
in the lily pond

© G.s.k. ‘15

This haibun was written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Time Glass Challenge where we were to write an “extreme” haibun of 55 words!  And if you’d like to see more of the Archduke’s Arboretum just click HERE it will take you on a “Sunday Walk” I published back in July of 2013!

And here are some lovely haiku that our host put up to inspire us!

the old pond
a frog jumps into it
the sound of water

© Basho (tr. Chèvrefeuille)

between dewy leaves
hides a little green frog
for the blue heron

© Chèvrefeuille

against his nature,
a frog in front of the fireplace –
the cry of a stork

© Yozakura

in deep silence
Saburo is walking the path –
a frog jumps away

© Chèvrefeuille

the little child
reaches for the water lilies
without seeing the frog

(c) Chèvrefeuille