Morning Haiku (5-7-5) – March 8, 2016

a lone black feather
upon the cold cement walk
awaiting a child

skipping off to school
her feather in her book-bag
for her cat’s delight

springtime serenade
the blackbird warbles sweetly
on the picket fence

those stains and tatters
reminders of her triumphs
old blackbird apron

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Writing With Soseki – Haiku Haitaishi* – January 15, 2016


willow waters

people of my age –
with the passing of years
less impurities to cleanse

©  Natsume Soseki


impetuous stream
flows past a weeping willow
– a hidden tear drop

ah – the geese fly south
leaving the ducks and blackbirds
by the lonely stream

[morning’s dark grey sky]
contrasting bright coloured leaves
in a flowing stream

the shell is empty –
lying in the wet green grass
careless stream flows by

ah now, observe life
leaves, birds and dead empty shells
endlessly flowing streams

© G.s.k. ‘16

(* I was happy to learn that haitaishi  is the name of linked verse on a set theme – not just linked haiku.)

Today’s episode at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is a “Sparkling Star” , that is the introduction of a famous haiku poet of the past from whom we try to inspire ourselves.  The Rules of Sparkling Stars are particular:

Those new haiku, inspired on the ‘masterpiece’, have to follow the classical rules of haiku:

1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. a kigo (or season word)
3. a kireji (or cutting word, in Western languages mostly interpunction)
4. a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
5. a deeper meaning (could be Zen-Buddhistic or other spiritual or religious thought)
6. and the first and the third line are interchangeable

These are  the haiku written by Natsume Soseki

over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow

the lamp once out
cool stars enter
the window frame

on New Year’s Day
I long for my parents
before I was born

people of my age –
with the passing of years
less impurities to cleanse

when they strike the bell
these ginkgo leaves are falling –
Temple Kencho-ji

the worldly desires,
all one hundred and eight are gone –
this spring morning

©  Natsume Soseki

Back to the Basics – Haiku – August 13, 2015

cherry blossom and moonah – cherry blossoms
in the garden it’s snowing
perfumed pink snow-flakes

© G.s.k. ‘15

The rules of classical haiku:

5-7-5 syllables
A moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
A kigo (season word)
A deeper, spiritual meaning
And last, but not least, it must have a nature image


Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille August 12th 2015 Classical Japanese Garden

Summer Showers – Troiku – August 5, 2015

b_w Sombre Willows

ah – summer showers
see the willows weep bright tears
as the sun returns

ah – summer showers
watch the children as they dance
like red Indians

see the willows weep bright tears
in the park at noon
old women gossip

as the sun returns
the storm is soon forgotten
sweetly,  blue birds sing

 © G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Modern Times Haiku #1 mother’s scarf

In This feature Chèvrefeuille introduced a great modern haiku poet – “Peggy Willis Lyles , who was  born in Summerville, South Carolina, on September 17, 1939. She died in Tucker, Georgia on September 3, 2010. A former English professor, she was a leading haiku writer for over 30 years—helping bring many readers and writers into the haiku community. Her voice and guidance will be missed in the community, but we know that her haiku will continue to touch so many souls in the future.”

Here are some of her verse for you to enjoy:

mother’s scarf
slides from my shoulder . . .
wild violets

a cool current
where the river deepens
summer sky

gray morning
the weight of mist
in Spanish moss

summer stillness
the play of light and shadow
on the wind chimes

the tai chi master
shifts his stance

© Peggy Willis Lyles (1939-2010)

Our mission is to write an all knew “classical haiku”, Chèvrefeuille took the lead with his:

between green leaves
a waterfall without sound
Spanish Mosses fall

© Chèvrefeuille

old library – July 9, 2015

The smell of books

old library –
swirling summer reflections
dust in the sunbeams

© G.s.k. ‘15


“Haiku rules:

Haiku has several rules, to many to speak about here, but I will give you, dear reader, the most important rules for haiku:

The syllable count: 5-7-5
This is the most important rule and this is what makes haiku a haiku.

The inspiration source:A haiku is inspired by a short moment. This short moment is as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water. Say ‘one heart beat’ short. (You can say haiku is a ‘aha-erlebnis’).

The season word (kigo)
To place the haiku in a specific season the classical Japanese poets used ‘kigo’ or season words. These are words that refer to a season e.g. tulips (Spring); sunbathing (Summer), colored leaves (Autumn) and snow (Winter).

This I have to explain I think. Interchanging means that the first and third sentence of the haiku are interchangeable without losing the imagery of the haiku e.g.

a lonely flower
my companion for one night –
the indigo sky

When I ‘interchange’ the first and third sentence:

the indigo sky –
my companion for one night
a lonely flower

Through interchanging the both sentences the image of the haiku didn’t change.

Cutting word (kireji)The so-called ‘cutting word’ or ‘kireji’ was mostly a ‘-‘ as I have used in the above given haiku and it means ‘here ends the line’ or ‘a break in the line’. The ‘-‘ may be counted as a syllable.

Deeper Meaning – Every haiku (the most haiku) have a deeper meaning. This deeper meaning is mostly a Zen-Buddhistic meaning, because haiku has originated from Zen-Buddhism, but it could also be a deeper meaning based on the philosophy of the haiku poet. The deeper meaning is mostly a spiritual one.”

Carpe Diem Lecture


Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #51 classical way of writing haiku

Yesterday’s Post – September 30, 2014


Spider Webs and Things – Morning Haiku and Waka|Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

Silent Sunday| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

To Cecil the Pig – Memento Mori| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library (Poet’s Corner)

Wordless Haiku| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

30 Days of Haiga| Through the Eye of Bastet

Silent Sunday| Through the Eye of Bastet

September 29, 2014

Haiku for Ha| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

Wanderlust – Morning Haiku …| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

Tackle Tuesday| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

30 Days of Haiga! Through the Eye of Bastet

Sparkling Stars| Bastet’s Waka Library

St. Francis – Carpe Diem Special| Bastet’s Waka Library

Mushrooms! Bastet’s Waka Library

Yeterday’s Posts – September 28, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been out a lot walking in the woods around my town or at the lake… taking advantage of this great Indian Summer we’re having!  We Usually leave around 8:30 in the morning and get home around 3:00 in the afternoon.  Some of the photos I’ve taken have been used in the haiga and photo Challenges sponsored by Cee … hope you’re having a great Indian Summer and that you’ll have a wonderful Sunday … Ciao!  Bastet …

September 25 …

Feather and Shadow Acrostic| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library (Poet’s Corner)

ABC Poem| Poet’s Corner)

The Willow – Quatrain| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

On Leather Wings| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library (this is a reblog of a renga collaboration with Girlgolye)

30 Days of Haiga| Through the Eye of Bastet

30 Days of Haiga (2)| Through the Eye of Bastet

 Haiku Heights – Space| Bastet’s Waka Library

September 26 …

Eos – Haiku| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

30 Days of Haiga| Through the Eye of Bastet

Cee’s Black and White Water Challenge| Through the Eye of Bastet

Little Creatures – Lizard| Bastet’s Waka Library

Corn| Bastet’s Waka Library

Apples (2)| Bastet’s Waka Library

Little Creatures (Haiku in 5-7-5)|Bastet’s Waka Library

September 27 …

Stavros of Minsk – Fornyrðislag| Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library (Poet’s Corner)

Bastet’s Shadorma Photo Prompt|Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie

30 Days of Haiga| Through the Eye of Bastet

Fallen Leaves| Bastet’s Waka Library

Nature Sleeps – Tan Renga| Bastet’s Waka Library

Winter: Rose Hips (a haiku)

Rose Hips

rose hips in rainfall
summer enclosed in a fruit
reminder of warmth

Logo CD Japanese Garden
“An all new featureat Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special and a joyful challenge.
This new feature, this new challenge, goes back to the roots of haiku and challenges you to go back to basic. It’s very similar to the other special feature “Goes Back to Its Roots”. The title of this new feature refers to the classic rules of haiku, but in this new feature not all those classic rules have to be used, just a few of them.
Which rules you have to use here?
1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. A moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
3. A kigo
4. A deeper, spiritual meaning
5. And last, but not least, it must have a nature image