My Favourite haiku by Basho – August 13, 2015

Won’t you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

©  Matsuo Basho

a single blossom
left on the cherry tree
ah –  loneliness

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem My favorite haiku by … #1 Matsuo Basho (1644-1694): a snowstorm of flowers

Today there is a wonderful new features at Carpe Diem – from the poet chosen for each episode, we are to choose our favourite haiku … not easy, today’s haiku poet is Basho and there are decidedly many of his poems that I would call – my favourite! Once we choose the poem we should try to revise it … I’ve chosen to at least try to write in the same spirit and tone …

Alone – Tanka – October 24, 2014

red ripe persimmons
under raging stormy winds
– smash to the ground
in silent loneliness
contemplating the damage
© G.s.k. ’14
“Shiba Sonome, our featured haiku poetess. She has not a lot of haiku left behind, but the haiku are all beauties. Here is her haiku for your inspiration (and mine):”
longing for someone
I sit by the gate and draw
eyebrows on a melon

© Shiba Sonome

The object of the haiku special is ot read, understand and then write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit.  Here are two other haiku to help guide the way:
after the storm
only the melons
don’t remember

© Basho

feeling alone
lost in the woods around Edo –
just the autumn wind

© Yozakura

and finally a haiku from our host:
in front of the fireplace
an empty bottle and broken wine glasses
after the quarrel

© Chėvrefeuille

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Loneliness

 Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Loneliness;

What should young people do with their lives today?  Many things, obviously.  But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

Kurt Vonnegut


loneliness in crowds
virtual communities
togetherness rare