Morning Haiku and Waka – January 31, 2015

enjoying a quiet supper

enjoying a quiet supper

near the thickets
the servant dreams of home
first spring blossoms

holidays over
the servant’s time to rest
in Sluderno

the apprentice
leaves his master’s house
winter holiday


guest finally leaves
lady of the house sits back
well-earned holiday


Modern Woman in Italy – Choka

she’s no servant
she cleans and shops and cooks
without a holiday
she goes to her daily job
returns home
then she cleans and irons
bathes the children
as her husband relaxes
watching the news

she’s no servant
she’s a modern housewife
she now works outside the home
without shirking her duties

© G.s.k. ‘15

Liberally inspired by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Daily prompt – Servant’s Day.

yabu-iri no waza to kureshi ya kusa no tsuki

Ending the Servant’s Holiday
on purpose …
sliver moon

© Issa

yabu- iri ya mamori- bukuro o wasure kusa

Apprentice’s holiday:
a good-luck amulet
forgotten in the grass

© Buson

farewell cherry blossoms,
the servants have abandoned me,
will you bloom again?

© Chèvrefeuille

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