Morning Haiku and Waka – January 27, 2015

ferris wheel

ferris wheel

play it again
then play it one more time
’round and round

children playing
in the snow laughing
snow balls fly
an old man passing by
smiling at his memories

in the playroom
dolls and teddy-bears have tea
little woman

clomping in the hall
dressed in  high heels and apron
playing house

© G.s.k. ‘15

Haiku Horizons – Play

Morning Haiku and Waka – Haiku – January 26, 2015

warm summer vision
drifting on hot breezes
smell of coconuts

fields of cane
worn abandoned house
African vision
sweet breezes caressed my skin
heady smells of green grass

© G.s.k. ‘15


Time Glass Challenge – Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

The second prompt I’m going to write for is about the Japanese New Year kigo – Hoorai … which is a form of vision of paradise.  This was also written in the prompt:

Interestingly, the most ancient of human civilisations, the Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian, did not believe in the existence of either an afterlife or a heaven. In these technically advanced societies, humans were believed doomed to remain forever in the “house of dust” or darkness, which “none who enters ever leaves”. In this house, the inhabitants find that “soil is their sustenance” and “clay their food” where, clad in bird feathers, they see no light but “dwell in darkness”.

With this in mind and remembering the photo of the Time Glass Challenge above I write:

battle field
abandoned house of dust
ravens crow

The second haiku is based on a description of Hōrai from Kwaidan:

isle of horai
without memories of evil
sweet birdsong
souls fly without fear
eternal happiness

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem #656 Isle Of The Blessed (Hoorai)  for further reading … here’s a choka I wrote the other day entitled: Charon’s Boat

Haiga — First Image – January 25, 2015


first image
written in smoke
at midnight

© G.s.k. ‘15

The Japanese kigo was first calligraphy which is very widely practiced in that country.  My first “image”  was a photograph of fireworks and smoke at midnight on the first of January, a bit pulled by the hair as the Italian’s would say.  The first poem I wrote the next morning was a choka:

homey warm fire
of the wood burning stove
greets everyone
on this New Year’s day
snow all around
but we warm each other
coffee is ready
bacon frying – weisswurst warm
eggs scrambling
for New Year’s brunch
the feast continues
time’s stopped on this special morn
the clocks move onward again

a new year begins
warm and welcoming
sleepy smiles
after a night of feasting
together greet the new day

© G.s.k. ‘15

Here are some beautiful haiku written by one of my favorite poets, Kobayashi Issa:

kakichin no mikan mii mii kissho kana

looking, looking
at the mandarin orange…
year’s first calligraphy

tsui-tsui to bô wo hiite mo kissho kana

swish, swish
writing with my cane…
year’s first calligraphy

ko-dakara ga bô wo hiite mo kissho kana

the treasured child
writes with a cane…
year’s first calligraphy

© Kobayashi Issa

calligraphic haiku

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Morning Haiku and Waka – Shashin no uta – January 25, 2015


shivering  patterns
shadows loom in darkened masks
a sinking leaf

 near the cobbled path
patterns form making dark omens
leaf shivering sinks

© G.s.k. ‘15

This is my first attempt at this week’s photoku prompted by the words;  SHIVERING and PATTERN  for Blog it or Lose it!

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 22, 2015

The poppies testify to the blood sacrified in war...

cuckoo cuckoo
cuckoos echo through the woods
summer serenade

old grey-beard
walks past slowly slowly
towards the grave yard
with plants and old water can
he goes to adorn her grave

 return spring sunshine
welcome spring migrants and blooms
swallows return soon

© G.s.k. ‘15

Here I’m trying to use repetition after reading the interesting lesson on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s “Haiku Writing Techniques”

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – burning ornaments and greens – January 20, 2015

seeking winter greens
even with the emperor
at dawn

Japanese New Year
after burning ornaments
winter greens with rice

New Year ritual
burning the ornaments
binding the gods
smoke carries good fortune
closing the fifth season

© G.s.k. ‘14

We’ve been exploring the fifth season (New Year) kigo at  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … this is two prompts in one … burning the ornaments (Sagichoo) which is the ritual closure of New Year, burning the ornaments fix the Gods to the New Year … and  Picking Young Greens (wakanatsumi) … please go visit Carpe Diem for more information about these and many other rituals tied to the Japanese New Year!

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 14, 2015

Fountain Path

tinkling on the path
an old water fountain flows
alone in Riva

the gravelly beach
swishing splashing water sings
evening high tides

plop plop kurplunk
new rings in the lily pond
fat old frogs croak

chitter cackling call
piercing the early dawn
mysterious bird
calls a greeting to the sun
landing in the courtyard

© G.s.k. ‘15

Linked to Bastet’s Waka Library

Inspired by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


Morning Haiku and Waka – January 13, 2015

with the children
playing with memory cards
happy laughter

players match their memory
on New Year’s eve


dancing ’round the town
in bright red silken robes
lion dancers

dragons or lions
dancers greet the new year
in the orient

G.s.k. ‘15

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai # 646 and #647:

A haiku by our host for Uta Garuta (prompt #646):

Uta Garuta contest
tears are falling continuously
she has blacked out

© Chèvrefeuille

and two haiku about the “Lion Dance” (prompt #647) by Issa:

kamashishi ga ago de harainu kado no matsu

the lion dancer
takes a purifying bite –
pine decorations at the gate

© Issa

kado-jishi ya shishi ga kuchi kara ume no hana

lion dancers visit —
from the lion’s mouth
plum blossoms

© Issa

Frog Trial … January 11, 2013 – haiku


This was an experimental post to see if the “Mr. Linky” code worked on my home blog since I’m having difficulties using it on the Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie blog … it doesn’t … I find it interesting that someone liked the post 😉

 blue frogs or green
better using a ping I think
than link apps

Basho’s frog leaped
going plop into the pond
no splash with link apps

© G.s.k. ‘15

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 11, 2015

foggy lake_small

the cockerel crow
pierces through the ghostly mist
morning bells
muffled like my inner song
ring melancholy tones


billowing fog
envelopes the lake and trees
silent ducks swim


Mirage Choka – a memory

in winter’s depth
cold fog blankets Mantova
the cold penetrates
coming through the walls like ghosts
like old sadness
sitting at the wobbly desk
my mind wanders
to the warmth of Africa
remembering heat
I escape the here and now
for a mirage of summer

© G.s.k. ‘15