A New Year Gift – Haibun – January 1, 2015


Photo Credits: Italia Che Cambia

Last night I had a dream and when I awoke the first lines of the poem I previously posted were in my mind … usually when this happens, if I don’t write the words immediately, the words and the vision disappear, not so with these words nor with the sensation of walking through a stately forest, with the trees towering above me up into the winter sky.

If you’ve ever walked inside a forest, not a woods mind, you know that there is little or no undergrowth.   There can be paths of sorts, the ground is covered in old leaves, they swish as you walk and you must be careful not to become lost.  The light is filtered by the trees, the silence is penetrating and the wind actually whispers.  Sometimes in the summer you can hear a bird sing or a cuckoo call. The forest fills me with awe, it seems as though it is a cathedral to life, more magnificent and impelling than any cathedral I’ve ever seen.

I think I must have dreamt of a forest.  The feelings of awe still courses through my mind and I can almost see the beauty of this magnificent forest.

in a winter dream
the joy of life grows stronger
with every step

© G.s.k. ‘16

Earth’s Cathedral – free verse – January 1, 2015


In this winter forest
Of cedar, spruce and pine
(The snow, softly falling
No passage here of time)
This dreamland comforts me
As the wind whispers songs
No hymns were e’er sweeter
Nor apse e’er holier
As in this holy grove

In this natural cathedral
I look towards the sky
I feel love around me
The magnificence of life
Here I sing thankful lauds
For all my many blessings,
Of each day I walk the Earth,
In this winter forest
Of cedar, spruce and pine.

© G.s.k. ‘16

This poem was a gift of a dream …

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 29, 2015


awake at dawn
writing haiku and tanka
in my first dream

mountain birds
chirping into my first dream
sun through the blinds
waking up late New Year’s morn
dreaming a year of poems

giggling in my sleep
new year’s dream

dreaming of mountains
a blackbird warbling at dawn
no eggplants

© G.s.k. ‘15

Here I’m writing about Hatsuyume (初夢) – or first dream … one of the last Fifth Season kigo, suggested by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.  Here’s what the Wikipedia has to say:

” … is the Japanese word for the first dream had in the new year. Traditionally, the contents of the dream would foretell the luck of the dreamer in the ensuing year. In Japan, the night of December 31 was often passed without sleeping, thus the Hatsuyume was often the dream seen the night of January 1. This explains why January 2 (the day after the night of the “first dream”) is known as Hatsuyume in the traditional Japanese calendar.

It is considered to be particularly good luck to dream of Mount Fuji, a hawk, and an eggplant. This belief has been in place since the early Edo period but there are various theories regarding the origins as to why this particular combination was considered to be auspicious. One theory suggests that this combination is lucky because Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain, the hawk is a clever and strong bird, and the word for eggplant (nasu or nasubi 茄子) suggests achieving something great (nasu 成す). Another theory suggests that this combination arose because Mount Fuji, falconry, and early eggplants were favorites of the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu.”   Wikipedia