bare limbs – haiku – October 1, 2016

bare tree

morning haze
caressing these bare limbs
beside the lake

Gsk ’16

Carpe Diem #1069 leafless trees – inspiration offered by Jane Reichhold’s series of haiku:

from the wind
the flute lesson
of a bare tree

wood smoke
shaping the radiant bodies
of trees in winter

in the clearing
hovering a circle of trees
their halos

© Jane Reichhold


How Vibrant These Colours Seem – Trimeric – October 9, 2015


How vibrant these colours seem
the red roof tiles glisten
the changing leaves are brighter
in the rain of this new day

the red roof tiles glisten
with intense rich ruddy tones
glazed in light and water

the changing leaves are brighter
nature, the great impressionist
creates her early autumn oeuvre

in the rain of this new day
pastel brush strokes blossom
in the tenuous light of dawn

© G.s.k. ‘15

Tokubetsudesu – Troiku – September 23, 2015

first bridge

autumn reflections
as I cross the sun warmed bridge
geese fly south

© G.s.k. ‘15

autumn reflections
old man contemplates winter
under the hot sun

as I cross the sun warmed bridge
ducks laugh down stream
– diving for trout

geese fly south
the noisy swallows have gone
but the blackbird sings

© G.s.k. ‘15

Linked to:

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #62 Troiku – today’s feature is an invitation to write a whole new troiku … what is a troiku … it’s a chained haiku born from the lines of a Japanese haiku – like a Russian sled pulled by three horses!  This form was invented by the host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Chèvrefeuille and here are a couple of examples:

as you can see this one was based on Basho’s “Old Pond”.

seeking knowledge
getting deeper insight
hermit’s choice

seeking knowledge
contemplating under the Bodhi Tree
like Buddha

getting deeper insight
while listening to the silence
the sound of rain

hermit’s choice
seeking refuge high up in the mountains
closer to the gods

© Chèvrefeuille

Autumn Leaves – Shadorma – September 22, 2015


on my walks
summer still reigns
in warm winds
leaves rustle
only in my fancy that
leaves have all turned red

summer laughs
at autumn’s coming
stealing time
for a while
autumn will soon win the day
painting the woods red

© G.s.k. ‘15

Linked to B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – September 19

30 Days of Haiga – Haiga 18 – September 18, 2015

haiga 18 water

Today I decided to publish two haiga about water …  life changes on the lake once summer begins to fade.  The first thing you notice is the absence of people.  The birds take over the beaches once again and walking along the lake shore the water takes on a life of its own …


haiga 18

Linked to 30 DOH created by Rick Daddario

Morning Cobwebs – Tokubetsudesu – September 16, 2015


shining on cobwebs
this early morning dew
crystallizes time

a crystal umbrella
made of spider silk
on the autumn path

imprisoned fly awaits death
caught in an old spider’s web
composing its fly jisei
it’s saved by the storm

even these morning cobwebs
are cleared away with breakfast
I’ll make some coffee and toast
thinking of autumn

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #61 crystal cobweb

Autumn – September 8, 2015

green persimmons

green persimmons

drifting in the wind
dry red and gold leaves
farewell summer

cold early morning
the swallows haven’t left

green kaki (*) [柿]
autumn is still just a thought
in the cold dawn

Carpe Diem Special #165

© G.s.k. ’15

(*) in Italy persimmons are called kaki, like in Japan