Morning Carpe Diem Haiku Special – October 15, 2015

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the harbour glows at midnight
lighthouse and full moon

© G.s.k. ‘15



Carpe Diem Special #174 Michael Dylan Welch’s “a little taller”:

Today we are to write a haiku in the same spirit of our guest poet is Dylan Welch:

pull of tonight’s moon—
the harbor lighthouse
a little taller

© Michael Dylan Welch

Tokubetsudesu #54 – wind and moon tanka – July 29, 2015

the summer wind
calls across the lake
whispering softly
invitations to travel
ah – I long to follow

gulls fly overhead
drifting on the evening breeze
the moon rises
couples walk along the shore
far far away from winter

over the mountains
the moon smiles sweetly
her veil half raised
playing coyly with lovers
and love-sick poets

G.s.k. ‘15

Written for: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #54 lost in the woods about tanka

Lovers – Laturne – July 8, 2014

Light Lovers

The Moon and the Lantern

Lovers – Laturne

Far apart
They longingly

A laturne is a shape micropoem … it resembles a Japanese lantern and has 5 lines.  The syllable count is 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 1.  I tried it out yesterday on Poet’s Corner where Harry put it up as a challenge!

Haiku Morning: Friday 13, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5 o’clock moon shines
silence though the city wakes
coffee is ready

first light yet stars glow
mountain with it’s snow looks on
crows and birds gossip

calm early morning
with cold crystal clear blue skies
more poet’s fodder

sleeping winter world
nature opens her cold heart
first spring flowers bloom

American Haiku: Moon Shine

b&w moon

American Haiku


Moon Shine

moon shine over mountains
inebriates my sleeping mind
she reflects on the roof top


Mountain moonshine
inebriates my mind
before dawn.

n.b.  I’m trying to find Jack Kerouac’s form of haiku…the American Haiku:

“Then I’ll invent the American Haiku type: The simple rhyming triolet:– Seventeen syllables?  No, as I say, American Pops:– Simple 3-line poems”


– Jack Kerouac, Reading Notes 1965

“The windmills of
Oklahoma look
In every direction.”
“One flower
on the cliffside
Nodding at the canyon.”


 “In the medicine cabinet
the winter fly
Has died of old age.”


Someone said that the American Sentence is the same thing…but no.  Allen Ginsberg invented the American Sentence :

From: “This form, invented by Allen Ginsberg, is simply a variation of the haiku. The rules of an American Sentence are very simple. The poem is one sentence, 17 syllables long. That’s it. If you can write a haiku, you can write an American Sentence, though it would also be fair to argue it’s a little more challenging because while haiku don’t have to be complete sentences, American Sentences … well, kind of obviously do.” The American Sentence – Writing on the Sun

Seems the Ginsberg didn’t like to write haiku so: “Ginsberg’s solutions, which first appear in his book Cosmopolitan Greetings, are his American Sentences: One sentence, 17 syllables, end of story. It makes for a rush of a poem, and if you decide to include the season and an aha! moment as Japanese haiku do—i.e., a divided poem with a hinge or pause separating the originator from the kapow!—well, more power to you!” – Allen Ginsberg’s American Sentences – An Introduction to His Variation on Haiku.

And just to confus me a little more, whilst doing OctPoWriMo 2013 I did this prompt: OctPoWriMo – Poetry Prompt Day 21: Short, Sweet and Simple:

He wanted to try something different, though, and purely American, so he created the American Sentence Poem. It is like a haiku in that it is seventeen syllables, but the sound units are spread over a sentence rather than a three line poem.
Today, your challenge is to write a micropoem.
In other words, very short.Very sweet. Very simple.
Seventeen syllables or less.
Word Prompt: Miccropoem

Quotes for inspiration:

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
― Jack Kerouac
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

– Jack Kerouac

Anyone know something about this subject?