Fish and Frogs – Waka – September 10, 2016

Today I’m looking at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s prompt using the modern kigo offered to us by Jane Reichhold – fish and frogs.  Though particular, I enjoyed writing the ku for her kigo – especially as it brought me back in time to June of this year … here are the examples offered to us by Jane Reichhold through our host Chèvrefeuille (and his haiku effort):

heron silence
landing in the middle
of frog silence

larger on the lily pad
a frog

delicate pastels
in the pain of a pinch
from a crab

new moons
at the edge of the pond
fish milt

© Jane Reichhold

croaking of frogs
resonates through the valley –
cry of a new-born

© Chèvrefeuille

Now for my efforts:


under the lilies
playing hide and seek

© Gsk ‘16

storm clouds
gather on the horizon
a frog croaks

old frog
jumps off its lily pad
rain drops fall

in father’s old pond
swim memories of his love
mother sighs

life –
hidden under lily pads
fish and frogs

© Gsk ‘16

I took many photographs of my dad’s fish pond before my mom passed away in late spring.  I enjoyed watching the life on and under the pond – from the koi to the dragon flies and frogs .. it’s a delightful microcosm of life and wonder.  Now both my mother and father are gone and I guess it’s pretty unlikely I’ll see the pond again.  But the memories will always be with me.

Dawn – September 8, 2016 (Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)

On Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today the challenge is: Try to create a haiku in which you use “the fragment and phrase” way of writing haiku using the Jan’s modern kigo, dawn.  Here are a few examples of this technique particular to haiku using Jane Reichhold’s haiku:

rosy dawn
colors the moon
into the sea

spring dawn
darkness flies from the trees
with the bird

the sound of waves
on your sleeping face
dawn light

© Jane Reichhold

and by our host Chèvrefeuille:

her naked body
glistens from sweat
after a hot night

daylight brightens
a rooster crows his sun greet
the silence deepens

© Chèvrefeuille

rainy dawn

wet dawn
greeting another day
with raindrops

© Gsk ‘16

 this hidden spring
refreshes who quaffs
as dawn passes

at dawn
the swallows swoop
into the sun

© Gsk ‘16 (on Tumblr)

Departing Summer – Old Age – choka – June 30, 2015

persimmonthe old woman sits
upon a park bench smiling
brown and red leaves fall
swallows departed
ducks fly south overhead
departing summer
she wonders if this will be
the last time she’ll feel its warmth

© G.s.k. ‘15


a shriveled leaf
still hanging on
to summer’s end

end of summer
beyond the garden gate
mist turning to rain

end of summer
in the cool morning air
at the open door

end of summer
tall and bright in the fields
of thistle

summer passing
the path to the beach
where no one goes

(C) Jane Reichhold

abandoned beach
finally I can find peace
summer has gone

(C) Chèvrefeuille


Carpe Diem #766 departing summer

summer passing – cascading haiku – June 16, 2015

olive grove

August winds and storms
the turning point of summer
autumn’s calling cards

burnt earth refreshed
the wine will soon be pressed
autumn’s calling cards

lighting the fire
in the evening to keep warm
autumn’s calling card

no more cherries
blackberries have all withered
autumn’s calling cards

another summer’s passing
see the first golden leaf
autumn’s calling card

© G.s.k. ‘15


a cool wind
summer passes
before it begins

late summer
even hotter by the breath
of dragonflies

the sadness of knowing
days grow shorter

© Jane Reichhold

between summer flowers
dreaming of next summer

tears shed
on my naked body …
summer is passing

© Chèvrefeuille

Carpe Diem #756 summer passing

Carpe Diem #755 succulents – haiku – June 15, 2015


a drop of water
the cactus sprouts and seeks
a new garden

© G.s.k. ‘15


a great pot
of green leaves with thorns
the unknown succulent

a breeze
shaping the yucca blossom
bird shadow

© Jane Reichhold

deep in the desert
a drop of water in the cacti
gives new life

© Chèvrefeuille

written for: Carpe Diem #755 succulents

Carpe Diem 754 meadow – June 13, 2015

at midnight
the meadow sleeps
under star-light

under the star-light
the only sound in the meadow
a mosquito

a mosquito
searching the meadow for food
sleeping campers

sleeping campers
under the summer star-light
agitated dreams

© G.s.k. ‘15


Carpe Diem # 754 meadow

meadow knowledge
by sleeping on the ground
death isn’t bad

foaming between rocks
fragrance of seaside meadows
at high tide
the stillness
between tides
meadow fragrance

midnight meadow
lying in moon shadows
poison ivy

© Jane Reichhold
bright blue sky
green meadows reaching to it
just a small path

just a small path
straight ahead of me into the north
I feel like basho
© Chèvrefeuille

Clouds – June 4, 2015

dappled mountain haiga_small

laying on the green
watch the clouds play games
sheep and swans

Old grey men grumbling in the sky biding their time to wet the picnic.

fluffy popcorn
puffed up with rain
on a sunny day

© G.s.k. ‘15

Today’s episode on CDHK  is dedicated to “clouds” found in Jane Reichhold’s Dictionary of Modern Kigo … and Chèvrefeuille also illustrated the word with lots of enjoyable haiku by Jane and others:

dancing lights
clouds sprinkle the sun
across water

curving with the land
a rainbow of clouds
moves out to sea

after the rain
breathing deeply
white valley clouds

© Jane Reichhold

Glorious the moon . . .
therefore our thanks dark clouds
Come to rest our necks

Clouds come from time to time –
and bring to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.

© Basho (Tr. Bellenson)

on the river’s bank
already it’s a moonlit night…
billowing clouds

emerging under
the peaks of clouds…
a little boat

© Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue,

mysterious clouds
changing images through the wind
ah! what a sight

© Chèvrefeuille

fantasy world unfolds
while the wind tears clouds apart
in sunny colors

in sunny colors
clouds moving, changing everlasting
fantasy world unfolds

© Chèvrefeuille

Arrival of Summer – Summer Kigo – June 1, 2015

The country side

The country side

walking in warm fields
crushed dill-weed sweetens the air
summer perfume

© G.s.k. ‘15

The June episodes of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai will be dedicated to summer and specifically to the modern kigo developed by Jane Reichhold – her dictionary can be found HERE.  I’ve chosen to use the summer plants category … dill.

Breaking News!!!


You might  remember,  this spring CDHK invited whomever would like to participate in a contest, the kukai was dedicated to Wisteria and the first prize was to be able to publish a haiku book on CDHK, our winner was Rallentanda from Australia.  Her haiku book was published yesterday under the title of “A Carpet of Purple” and can be downloaded now HERE.

And here’s a link for the Summer Kukai … remember that your work must be emailed before June 15th to:

Morning Haiku and Waka – Stars – December 26, 2014

tiny stars
fall from the sky
snow flakes

stars twinkle
in the early hours of dawn
a hen lays an egg

cold night
seems the stars close in on Earth
chill wind blows

(c) G.s.k. ’14

And here are some inspirational haiku by Jane Reichhold using her modern kigo:

filling the night window
with stars

glistening cold
the stars bend down
a few flakes

snow taste
the cold fire
of frozen stars

cold stars
dropping into the ocean

(C) Jane Reichhold

And one by our host at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

bright winter night
ice-flowers like stars grow on the window
sound of ice-skaters

(C) Chèvrefeuille