Heeding Haiku – Chiyo-Ni Rewrite – December 10, 2015

taoraruru hito ni kaoru ya ume no hana

the flowering branch of the plum
gives its scent
to him who broke it off

© Chiyo-Ni

now broken
this plum branch remains
her memory of spring

© G.s.k. ‘15

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille December 9th 2015 “(rewrite) Chiyo-Ni”

Reflections – Haibun – December 2, 2015

lagoon reflections

That autumn morning, I stopped to look at the lagoon. It was like looking into a topsy-turvy world or an impressionistic painting.  Each ripple of a duck’s dive, a leaf that fell into the water or a breath of wind, made the image shimmer adding a dream-like dimension to the scene.  The algae swayed under the water, a tiny prehistoric forest.

autumn reflections
shimmering visions of life
along the way

© G.s.k. ‘15

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille December 2nd 2015

Morning Haiku and Waka – November 28, 2015

carpet of leaves

morning walk
silence in the city
dawn breaks

each morning bleaker
carpets of leaves
skeleton trees

dawn visions
ravens on the wind
the beech stands nude

in the sky
another bird rumbles –
the plane for Venice

white cat mews
locked out of the house
cold in the courtyard

returning home
my poetry awaits me
embracing life

warming the water
a hot cup of green tea
no sugar needed

© G.s.k. ‘15

This week’s heeding haiku with Chèvrefeuille November 25th 2015,”baransu” on Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie is very interesting indeed.  Here Chèvrefeuille does a break down and explanation of how to create balance in a haiku … here are the haiku he used as examples:

a walk through the city
step by step I discover
a newly built world

© Chèvrefeuille

the old pond
a frog jumps into it
sound of water

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

the old pond
yesterday … Irises bloomed
only a faint purple

© Chèvrefeuille

mountain stream
salmon swims to the well in thin air
rebirth of summer

© Chèvrefeuille

A Ripe Strawberry – Haibun – November 18, 2015

four seasons_small framed

Walking along the blossoming fields in a spring dawn, enjoying the singing forests of the masts in the port in summer, a carpet of coloured leaves on green in autumn and the stark beauty of sleeping trees and snow in winter, which season is my favourite?

Each has its beauty and each its detractor;  the clammy rains of spring, the sweltering heat of summer, the melancholy feeling of the end in autumn, the bone chilling cold of winter.  Which do I dislike the most?

Like the man hanging from a branch over a fatal fall with a tiger waiting above to eat him enjoys the beauty of a strawberry … so do I.

the passing seasons
each moment of life precious
a ripe strawberry

© G.s.k. ‘15

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille November 18th … Spring is Coming

Autumn Rain – Waka – November 14, 2015

foggy fieldin the dawn
rain runs down the window panes
blurring autumn leaves

a train whistle blows
ripping through the dawn silence
autumn fog billows
no sunshine in Padua
only dripping foggy skies

© G.s.k. ‘15

Heeding Haiku with Chevrefeuille – Nov. 12, 2015 – Autumn Rain

The Night Before – Haibun – October 21, 2015

The Graduate

Here in Padua, the traffic is like a distant rumbling river filling the night, a train passes close by, sounding like thunder with its ta-tum ta-tum crashing sound that shakes the house. Sitting in this night shrouded garden I enjoy a moment’s respite from the heady tension inside the house preparatory for my son’s discussion of his thesis tomorrow. The moon is half-grown, a night-bird sings out. I’d never heard this bird before – how odd that I should hear it now. From the house the raucous laughter of the vigil seeps through the closed-door, smiling, I leave this quiet moment re-entering the light filled room.

life’s passages
baby, youth then a man
a night bird’s song

© G.s.k. ‘15

I wrote this haibun last night. My son, Francesco was on pins and needles awaiting the important moment which is to mark the second phase of his college career, presenting his thesis for his Master of Arts Degree in History.  He had already obtained his Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude.  Today at 12:00 I’m proud to say, obtained his Master of Arts Degree in History, again with honours.

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Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille

Spring Rain/Haiku – Acrostichon – October 8, 2015



Spring Rain

seasonal change
passing away in endless
it’s October
now the autumn leaves fall
golden and red


haijin weave with words
and a moment of surprise
intense sensations
knitted with natural scenes
using seventeen onj

© G.s.k. ‘15

This piece is the result of an interesting puzzle set by Chèvrefeuille at Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie … write an acrostic in haiku form which he calls an Acrostichon … or a Acrostichon which uses a Liaison in the middle of two ku like a bridge to create two different words .. here are some examples:

Sweet memories
Under the old appletree
Newly weds

© Chèvrefeuille

Only eyes for you
Naked she lays on the beach
Everlasting love

© Chèvrefeuille

The Acrostichon and a Liaison. In this one the Acrostichon is AUTUMN and the liaison is TUTU.

A rainy day
Under the umbrella
Tears of joy
United again by
Music of the Swanlake
Newly weds

© Chèvrefeuille

Perfect way
Of writing haiku
Eastern thoughts
Tulip bulbs
Redder than red
Year after year

© Chèvrefeuille

Autumn Colours – Morning Waka and Haiku – September 30, 2015

Autumn Colors

painted leaves
along the white stone walls
departing summer

festive dress
colourful consolation
cold winds blow

under the full moon
where are the autumn colours
– dipped in silver

even as the owl
calls from his favourite tree
lamenting summer –
the leaves have all turned red
soon they’ll rain down in the park

the old lady passing
observes the colourful trees
sparrow on a bench

© G.s.k. ‘15

Linked to:

Carpe Diem Special #169 Autumn’s colors and Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille September 30th 2015 autumn colors

Autumn Full Moon – Troiku – September 29, 2015

Autumn Moon_Haiga_3

that autumn bloom
– illuminate the mountains
the valley sleeps

that autumn bloom
luminous white flower
beyond reach

illuminate the mountains
with sweet serenades
at midnight

[the valley sleeps]
the full moon climbs the mountain –
men dream of harvests

© G.s.k. ‘15

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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille September 23rd 2015

meigetsu ya ike o megurite yo mo sugara

the autumn full moon:
all night long
I paced round the lake

asamutsu ya   tsukimi no tabi no   ake banare

bridge of morning
a journey of moon-viewing
at dawn

© Basho

the night deepens
darker and darker the sky
without streetlights
the night sky looks like a light show
the full moon and thousands of stars

© Chèvrefeuille