Cold Spring – Haiku, (Haiga) and Tanka – January 12, 2016


fairy tree haiga

spring vision
in the cold rain
mixed with snow

pink pallid sun
and my light tricks at dawn
in the cold-spring rain
raindrops caught in the flash
[or fairies play in the tree]

G.s.k. ‘16

N.B.  I would like to remind everyone that on the 1st of February will begin my birthday month of haiga if you wish to participate with me I will put up a Mr. Linky app for the occasion and an inspiration prompt which can be used or ignored.

Carpe Diem #895 Harusamu (cold spring)

Did you know that in Japan Spring (called: Harusamu) begins on the 4th of February (called Nigatsu).  Here’s what Chèvrefeuille has to tell us in this interesting episode (which you can go to following the link above):

It’s [Harumsau] a very nice classical kigo. In classical Japan it is believed that spring starts on about February 4th, which is said to be the first day of spring. Even if the Japanese hear only the sound of the word haru (spring), they become happy and have great expectations for the coming days, though the temperature of this month is still low and it remains the coldness of winter.
The Japanese feel excited to hear the word harusamu (cold spring), even if it is cold. But the word yokan (the lingering cold of early spring) emphasizes the coldness of winter which is lingering on. As the snow begins to melt and the ice is getting thinner and thinner, the workings of animals and plants become active.

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 2, 2016

first snowflakes
even now inviting
first snowdrops

this winter morning
as fog covers the valley
plum blossom dreams

winter stillness
walking along the river
imagining bees

 © G.s.k. ‘16

Today we think ahead on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … desiring spring.  The here and now tells us that we have recently entered into winter, but our imagination can take us wherever we wish to go … so for today’s Morning Haiku and Wake I’ve chosen to use three spring kigo to project the longing for that season: snowdrops, plum blossoms and bees.  Below are a few other haiku by Chèvrefeuille and Jane Reichhold showing us the way into spring desires:

eaves dripping
the candle flame

winter days
a heart runs without panting
to the beach

© Jane Reichhold

after the darkness
I am longing for the young leaves
and cherry blossoms

the blooming cherries
watching them in the moonlight
it’s magical

© Chèvrefeuille

And I’d like to close this with another snowdrop haiku, I think by Jane Reichhold:

as I see the first snowdrops my desire for spring becomes stronger