Pussy Willows – Haiku/Tanka – January 16, 2015

fluffy buds bloom
soft white puffs of softness
– pussy willows

willows and cherries
dot the fields with white and pink
loud errant swallows
chatter their noisy gossip
boisterous is spring’s rhapsody

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #896 Neko Yanagi (pussy willow)

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 5, 2016

The Joy of Living

chestnuts and Chianti
laying before the glowing fire
evening readings

poetry and prose
reading out-loud in turns
before bedtime

after lovemaking
watching the dying embers
in his eyes

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #891 joy of living

Today’s episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is again dedicated to modern/classical “kigo” or seasonal words.   Now I’m having serious doubts as to my understanding of the concept of “kigo” at all.

Here’s what Chèvrefeuille tells us about”joy of living” as a winter kigo:

“maybe it fits winter more than I would think. Why? Well … as I read the examples of haiku for this kigo than they are about the joy of watching a show or a ballet together with your lover. And winter is the time of the long evenings and that can also be a joy. Together in front of the fireplace with a nice glass of wine, candles, romantic music and the warmth of each other’s body … that’s how I see the joy of living … so maybe this is a kigo for winter …?”


“Come see the sunset?”
the old woman too busy
for endings

touching me
during the ballet
his left hand

© Jane Reichhold

she and I
in front of the fireplace
enjoying life

© Chèvrefeuille

(I’ve removed my too elaborate question from this post, I will pose it elsewhere.)

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 4, 2016

Troiku – Grey Sky Paradox

less cold
a cloudy day cloaks the world
comforting grey warmth

less cold
when the clouds hang in the sky
not a cold clear day

a cloudy day cloaks the world
in the mountains – snow
in our valley tears

comforting grey warmth
clear blue skies freeze the earth
a paradox

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #890 Shoukan (less cold)

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 2, 2016

first snowflakes
even now inviting
first snowdrops

this winter morning
as fog covers the valley
plum blossom dreams

winter stillness
walking along the river
imagining bees

 © G.s.k. ‘16

Today we think ahead on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … desiring spring.  The here and now tells us that we have recently entered into winter, but our imagination can take us wherever we wish to go … so for today’s Morning Haiku and Wake I’ve chosen to use three spring kigo to project the longing for that season: snowdrops, plum blossoms and bees.  Below are a few other haiku by Chèvrefeuille and Jane Reichhold showing us the way into spring desires:

eaves dripping
the candle flame

winter days
a heart runs without panting
to the beach

© Jane Reichhold

after the darkness
I am longing for the young leaves
and cherry blossoms

the blooming cherries
watching them in the moonlight
it’s magical

© Chèvrefeuille

And I’d like to close this with another snowdrop haiku, I think by Jane Reichhold:

as I see the first snowdrops my desire for spring becomes stronger

Hatsuhikari (first light of the sun) – Morning haiku and waka – January 1, 2015



first light of the sun
streaming upon this new year
in fragile silence

here, the mountains shine
tipping over the skyline
first sunlight
as the day and year are born
a sparrow greets the dawn

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #888 Hatsuhikari (first light of the sun)

In this first episode of the year, on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai we begin to explore modern and classical kigo or season words.  In honour of the day hatsuhikari (hatsu means first and hikari means light of the sun) which is an excellent kigo for new year morning (which gives us a sense of the renewal of this special day) and therefore a splendid winter kigo.

winter morning
first light of the sun … so fragile
reflects in the snow

© Chèvrefeuille