Heeding Haiku and NaHaiWriMo – Classical Haiku – February 4, 2016

pussy willow buds

“Classical Haiku”

evening walk
even in the cold snap –
plants blossom

old sea-gull
creeling and fighting
– his old age

winter oasis
palms bend under the snowfall
– for one afternoon

© G.s.k. ‘16


Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, February 3rd 2016

“I love to challenge you to write a classical haiku, which means you have to follow a few classical rules:

1. Your haiku must be the “impression” of a short moment, as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water;
2. Your haiku has a “kigo” (or seasonword) in it;
3. You also have to use a “kireji” (or cuttingword, like e.g. “;” or “!”);
4. You have to use the classical count 5-7-5 or 3-5-3;
5. Your first and last line have to be interchangeable;
6. Last, but not least, try to catch a deeper meaning in your haiku.”

NaHaiWriMo – February 4

Plum Blossom – Haiku – January 30, 2016

old plum-tree
flowering in the northern wind
snowflakes fall

the blackbird sings
among the blooming plum trees
cold winds blow

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #906 Ume-no-hana (ume flower)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Prunus mume is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus subgenus Prunus. Itscommon names include Chinese plum[2][3][4] and Japanese apricot.[2] The flower is usually called plum blossom.[5] This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees.[6] Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it is more closely related to the apricot.[7] The fruit of the tree is used in Chinese, Japanese and Korean cooking in juices, as a flavouring for alcohol, as a pickle and in sauces. It is also used in traditional medicine.

The tree’s flowering in late winter and early spring is highly regarded as a seasonal symbol.”