Cicada – Renga – October 6, 2014

Today I wrote this  Time Glass Challenge for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai but as it was to be a haiku, I decided to take it apart and publish the digest for the challenge.  However I liked this auto renga, so I’ve decided to publish it separately here.
desert morning
tumble weed, sand and wind
cicadas sing hymns
high-pitched screeching gospels
cicada harmonizing
the day’s long and hot
sitting near the rocking chair
old crow listens
(c) G.s.k. ’14

Siesta Time – Light and Shade Challenge – May 4, 2014

(c) obGmHAa

(c) obGmHAa

2:00 … hot as Hades.

I sat on my balcony and looked down at the sidewalk café, until only an hour ago, it was full of people. Not even a fly buzzed. The cars, all parked. No children, no music. It was almost as though everyone had disappeared from the face of the earth.

Then, it began … the cicada serenade. At first, a short burst. It seemed the cicada wanted to see if anyone was around to listen to it. Then, the chittering became a long noisy presence.

I closed my window and turned on the AC. Siesta time.


When I first came to Italy,  I discovered the siesta hour…should be plural, because everything closed down from 1:00 until 4:00…that was in Liguria in 1970.

Italy, has slowly become “globalized” like the rest of the world, and now, it’s rare that shops close at all during the day, at least where there are tourists, although, this is an age-old rite that has not completely died out, but the big shopping centers are almost always open, though we don’t have the all night affairs yet. 😉

Written for Light and Shade Challenge- Friday May 2, 2014 … go and have a look at this great duo!