Carpe Diem Special – Waka – August 31, 2015



just another day
so like every other day
this miracle – life
funny to think you weren’t
and then suddenly you were

[a world without you]
it’s hard to imagine days
before you were born

a tiny web
grows daily on the tree of life
anchored by fine threads
glistening gossamer lines
fragile – easily broken


Ah – hello my bouncing boy
at last you’ve joined the party
may bright sunshine warm your days
and love be your home

© G.s.k. ‘15

Lolly’s inspirational tanka is about a life passing – my waka are about life becoming – the cycle of life is so mysterious if one thinks about it.

One moment the world is turning and someone isn’t a part of it and then it’s like they’d always existed.  At the moment of passing – the world goes on as though that person never was. Fragile spider’s webs indeed.

August is the month when two of my son’s came into the world – and though they’re now grown and far away, a fragile thread remains, reminding me of the day they became a part of life, so many years ago.

from where did you come –
where will you finally go
when winter winds blow

© G.s.k. ‘15


Lolly wrote:

[…] “This tanka was inspired by a Carpe Diem prompt “spider web.” I like its dark, gothic mood and the alliteration in the last two lines. It definitely suggests death and grief as we all have to go through a loved one’s personal items when they pass. I remember doing so for my mother-in-law as well as my mother and both grandmothers. The last two lines really bring the thought home. After the death of a parent it seems one’s “anchor”  or security or a part of what made us feel secure is loosened or even gone.

It’s a sad tanka, but I love for it because it expresses what I often feel when I think of all the women in my family that have passed away” […]

sifting through
the personal effects
of a spider’s web
an autumn wind loosens
another anchor thread

© Laura Williams (a.k.a. Lolly)
published: American Tanka; Issue #13

Written for:

Carpe Diem Special #164 Lolly’s 6th “another anchor thread”

A Peony Bush – Tribute to Laura Williams – August 26, 2016

a peony bush
heavy with flowers …
trying to pick
from a long list of names
for the full spring moon

© Laura Williams (a.k.a. Lolly of Lovely Things)


honeysuckles tumble
down the old stone wall
under the spring moon

© G.s.k. ‘15


Carpe Diem Special #163 Lolly’s fifth a peony bush (tanka)

One line haiku – August 22, 2015

the olive grove under the castle hides young lover’s kisses

the lute and drum plays we sit gazing at the stars  … late summer evening

around the camp fire minstrels sing of daring deeds and knights  – ladies titter

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written on August 19 for:

Carpe Diem Special #162, Lolly’s fourth haiku, a one line haiku 

wind though the gaps in the cabin walls … an eagle’s cry

© Laura Williams (a.k.a. Lolly)

Our host says:

As you all maybe know, haiku was mostly written in one line, mostly vertical, and in the Western world this phenomenon occurs too. There are wonderful haiku written in “one line”, for example this “one-bun”  written by Jim Kacian:

dark space the red shift of my mind

© Jim Kacian

fly like an eagle as free as a bird in the sky living my dream

© Chèvrefeuille

New Scarecrow – Troiku – August 13, 2015

spring offerings
in the farmer’s field
a new scarecrow

spring offerings
cherry blossoms and rain
wash the fields

in the farmer’s field
new grain carefully planted
raises their head

a new scarecrow
watches over the harvest
in spring

© G.s.k. ‘15

This post was written for:

Carpe Diem Special #161 Lolly’s third “new scarecrow …” inspired by Laura Williams’ (in pen Lolly) haiku:

new scarecrow …
already a field mouse pokes
around its fly

© Laura “Lolly” Williams (published in Lovely Things, CDHK- e book)

Vigil Without End – Haibun – August 7, 2015

When my Dad passed away back in 2010, I was back home, here in Italy.  I’d been back in the States during the month of September, the first time in thirty years.  He’d been operated on and had his bladder removed. For a little while it looked as thought he had once again beat cancer and I enjoyed going around with him in the car and sitting with him next to his Japanese fish pond with its golden Buddha.

However, three days before I left, we discovered that that wasn’t the case.

He was back in hospital just before I left, we joked and laughed.  He made light of his situation, though I think he was in pain and knew he was going to die, he hid it well.  The day I had to leave I said: “Next time you’ll come and visit me in Italy!” and he replied: “You know, I don’t think I’ll be able to make that trip.”

All the family was around him when he passed away in December, except for me and my sister in Arizona.  I was constantly in contact with my brother and sisters on Skype and when the moment came, it was almost like being there but not quite.

After years of living far away it’s like another long interval, like all those years before, for me he’s still alive, I just don’t know when I’ll see him again.

vigil without end
walking in memories
always vitally alive

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Special #160 Lolly’s 2nd bedside vigilance

 and linked to Your Golden Buddha

Il Faro – The Lighthouse – (Haiku/Tanka) August 2, 2015


la sua luce
nella notte ci guida
il faro

suoi passi sta notte
vecchio faro
che naviga sicuro –
malgrado ‘ste tenebre


a flash in the night
guides his ship safely home
the lighthouse

sitting on the rocky shore
guide this ship
through life’s windy storms
to safe haven

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:  Carpe Diem #787 Lighthouse of Alexandria (reprise)

Today our host Chèvrefeuille also presented some of the beautiful haiku written on the occasion of the first presentation of this prompt:

Beyond the lighthouse
to some strange and distant land?
All you need is here.

© Magical Mystical Teacher (MMT)

bright beacon
in a stormy squall

© Cathy Tenzo (Haiku Plate Special)

passing over
the lighthouse again …
fish shadow

© Lolly of Lovely Things

ancient ship sailors’ night light
procession beacon

Procession beacon
glow for lovers’ evening strolls
solar garden lights

© Sun (Simply Charming)

Which inspired our host to write:

over the harbor
a lightflash

© Chèvrefeuille


Carpe Diem Special #159 Lolly’s 1st “spring tidings” – August 1, 2015

spring tidings …
a message of the flowers
to decipher
a secret little alphabet
that begins with a bee

© Lolly

summer memories …
ripe fruits fallen from the trees
the tidings of spring time
the first buzzing of a bee

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Special #159 Lolly’s 1st “spring tidings”

Chèvrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Special is dedicated to Laura Williams a.k.a. Lolly of Lovely Things who won second kukai “summertime”with the following haiku:

gathering seashells
the sound of summer jingles
inside my pockets

© Lolly

a copy of her e-book publish by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai can be found HERE.