Blackbirds and Great Cold – Haiku – January 21, 2016


January morn
under the persimmon tree
blackbirds seek out seeds

© G.s.k. ‘16

Legend would have it that once upon a time the blackbirds were white.  One day a blackbird to cheat January, because it always treated the blackbird badly with bad weather, decided to hide all of his family until January was over, because in those days January was 28 days long thumbing his nose at January for avoiding the bad weather, and this infuriated January.  So he asked February to lend him three days
and then filled these days with a freezing blizzard causing the blackbird to have to save himself by hiding in a chimney causing him to become black from that time onward the blackbird has black feathers and is much more cautious as for January, he never bothered to give February back those three days.

in the great cold
blackbirds seek out their fortune
or seeds in the snow

© G.s.k. ‘16

 Carpe Diem #900 Daikan (Great cold) And happy 900th post to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai!

From the Ark – Haiku – September 11, 2015

from the ark
knowledge of the universe
a gift from dolphins

© G.s.k. ‘15

This haiku doesn’t do justice to the great post offered to us by Chèvrefeuille in today’s feature: Carpe Diem #815 Delphinus (Dolphin)  please take the time to visit the feature … a great read!

The Mountain Sprite -Shadorma and Trochaic Meter – November 10, 2014


Yurixy Dark Forest by Holybr via Creative Commons.

The Mountain Sprite

In the autumn woods
A song came into my heart
Inspired by a sprite …

High in mountains living wildly
With a wisdom based in fire, she
Sings her spells and works her magic
Laughing, dancing with old phantoms …

With a hi lo dum di rum-ly
With a springing step in passing
Twinkling bright as bright moon beams, she
Howls in chorus with the stormlings.

Wake now, walk on in the mountains
Wade the rivers, walk the meadows
Meet the Lady where she wanders
Though you may not see her spirit.

High in mountains living wildly
With a wisdom based in fire, she
Sings her spells and works her magic
Laughing, dancing with old phantoms …


(c) G.s.k. ’14

Linked to BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond: Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie

Carpe Diem – Creation Myths (tanka)

Today’s myth is about three sisters … it’s another Aboriginal gem from Australia!

three sisters silent
await their father’s long search
he lost magic bone
though safe from Bunyip’s anger
they live now as mountain stone

Here the full myth which I’m copying from the Carpe Diem post:

The Three Sisters an Aboriginal Legend of Down Under

Three sisters, Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo had a father who was a witch doctor. His name was Tyawan.
Long ago there was a Bunyip who lived in a deep hole who was feared by all. Passing the hole was considered very dangerous, therefore whenever Tyawan had to pass the hole in search for food, he would leave his daughters safely on the cliff behind a rocky wall.
One fateful day, Tyawan waved goodbye to his daughters and descended down the cliff steps into the valley.
Meanwhile at the top of the cliff, Meenhi was frightened by a large centipede which suddenly appeared before her. Meenhi took a stone and threw it at the centipede. The stone continued on its journey and rolled over the cliff, crashing into the valley below which angered the Bunyip.
The rocky wall behind Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo then began to split open and the three sisters were left stranded on a thin ledge at the top of the cliff. All the birds, animals and fairies stopped still as the Bunyip emerged to see the terrified girls. As the Bunyip began to approach the girls, to protect them from harm, their father Tyawan used his magic bone to turn them into stone. Angered by this, the Bunyip then began to chase Tyawan. Becoming trapped, in order to flee from the Bunyip, Tyawan changed into a magnificent Lyre Bird, yet in the process dropped his magic bone. Tyawan and his three daughters were now safe from the Bunyip.
Once the Bunyip had disappeared, Tyawan returned in search of his magic bone, yet this was never to be found. The Lyre Bird has been searching for this magic bone ever since. Remaining in rock formation, The Three Sisters stand silently overlooking the valley hoping that one day he’ll find the bone and turn them back to former selves.

When visiting The Three Sisters, if you listen carefully you may be able to hear the Lyre Bird, Tyawan, as he continues his quest for his lost magic bone.


Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Myth, Legend and Saga

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