Haiga Festival – Weeping Willow – March 31, 2015

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willow weep your tears
but know your lover returns
with the winds of spring

© G.s.k. ‘15

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weep not young willow
spring promises warmth and love
feel the southern breeze

© G.s.k. ‘15

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With these two haiga I say adieu to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Haiga Festival!  It’s been fun to watch the willows bloom.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAswishing and cooing
wind whispers spring promises
wind in the willow

© G.s.k. ‘15

 

Haiga Festival – Dragon Fly – March 28, 2015

'dragonfly' haiga

 

a springtime joke
dragonfly bloomed thorn tree
at the lake – ducks laugh

© G.s.k. ‘15

I haven’t seen any dragonflies around, but yesterday I did come across this odd thorn tree full of dragonfly like blossoms and couldn’t resist photographing it … but now to more serious work … for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai this is our last occasion to read our haiku master of the month Santoka Taneda (1882-1940:

the dragon flies
perch on my kasa
as I walk along

© Santoka Taneda

in summer
the dragon flies flit
upon the river
even without his kasa
they still savour life

© G.s.k. ‘15

Haiga Festival – Chess Game – March 26, 2015

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castling
king’s rook fell to the queen
checkmate

the bishop went unseen
even a knight guards the queen

 © G.s.k. ‘15

Sometimes chess is an allegory for life … castling, whereby the king hides in a corner often protected by pawns in the front and the rook either to his left or right, seems like a good move to protect the king, but more often than not, unless one of those pawns is forward leaving a bolt hole for the king … it’s a mortal trap … which is the case of my haiku  😉 .

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

All the chess comic strips are found at:  The Chess Comic by Scott Tingley

Witch Hazel – Haiga Festival 25 – 25, March 2015

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walled in old path
blown away in the cold wind
dead witch hazel blooms
wander with an aching heart
wondering – where’s the reason

© G.s.k. ‘15

This post is linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, where I found the following poem by Robert Frost; this and many meanings of the word witch hazel helped to inspire me in writing this tanka.

Reluctance(By Robert Frost)

Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question ‘Whither?’

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?

Haiga Festival – Melancholy – March 19, 2015

Willow Haiga 19

 

sun sets on the lake
the willow weeps her tears
another day gone

© G.s.k. ‘15

I wrote this haiku/haiga several days ago – at first it was intended for ‘weeping willow’, but it seemed so suitable for ‘melancholy’ that I changed my mind .. this is a variation that came to mind as I was typing this:

sunset on the lake
winter willow weeps her tears
as day passes

This post is linked to Carp Diem Haiku Kai’s Haiga Festival for Melancholy