Carpe Diem Theme Week 3 – Watch Birth and Death – April 23, 2016

sprout to fruit
even as these cherries bloom
like snow – petals fall

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Theme Week 3: Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume; 4 watch birth and death

watch birth and death:
the lotus has already
opened its flower.

© Soseki Natsume (Tr. Soiku Shigematsu)

Encounter of Ages – Free Verse – December 26, 2016

On this cold winter’s day
I look onto perfection
The meeting of dawn’s light
And the closing of day
This marvel of creation
Lay arm in arm together …
In this momentous moment
My heart fills with peace
My mind knows true love
As the spring and the winter
Come together I sigh with awe …
Now life’s continuity
Through its endless cycles
Is no longer a stale thought
But a vibrant reality
As I look onto this scene
Of the encounter of the ages
On this cold winter’s day

© G.s.k. ‘15

Photo Challenge #92 December 22, 2015

Narrow Road (14c) – Haiku – December 22, 2015

this first tulip
pushes its head into life
spring welcome

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem #884 on our way home: the scent of early rice, the tomb also shakes, autumn coolness, red more red, a lovely name, how pitiful

finally spring
one tulip after another blooms
rainbow garden

© Chèvrefeuille

Morning Haiku and Waka – Meadow (Tanka Story) – November 10, 2015

Through the Grass

Four Seasons

new green shoots
peep through the muddy meadow
lush promises
shiny new scare crow
stands proudly on guard

poppies and mayweed
dance in the meadow
this hot cloudy day
a storm’s heavy raindrops
wash the scarecrow of bird dung

last tufts of grain
geese fly honking over-head
old down-trod scarecrow
now sun-bleached and ragged
stands in the empty meadow

barren and bleak
where once stood a scarecrow
there’s now a snow man
with bright scarf and top hat
cold – the meadow sleeps and dreams

an old scarecrow
unseen – in the meadow rests
until spring

© G.s.k.’15

Carpe Diem #855 Meadow(s)

Oh Radiant Youth – August 6, 2015

- Alexandre Deschaumes

– Alexandre Deschaumes

Oh radiant youth –
standing on the verge of life
heedless before life’s perils
he sails down the open river
mindless of the shallows
he can’t wait to get his teeth
into the meat of life
radiant he walks without a mask
(that will only emerge later)
soon he learns his bones can break
soon he learns those perils
as he walks the lonely track
that many walked before him …
then longing for serenity
after those first of life’s battles
he collapses into reflection
of the what life has thus revealed …
will he become a cynic,
will he be a saint,
or will he be yet another drifter
living from day-to-day?

© G.s.k. ‘15

Photo Challenge #72, Verge


The Sunday Whirl – 210


Crows and Hawks – Joseph Star – January 3, 2015


– flying high
over trees and snow
slowly the sun fades away
they own the winter skies
when spring returns –
another flies
– hawk

© G.s.k. ‘15

The Joseph’s Star was created by Christina R. Jussaume. It is a non-rhyming 8-line poem with a syllable count of 1/3/5/7/7/5/3/1. Please go visit  Mindlovesmsery’s Menagerie for the full post and a wonderful example of how this poem should be done!