Pond(ering) – Butterfly Cinquain – December 4, 2015


a pond ..
coot a’swimmin
swift as a torpedo
wonderin’ what he finally found
two ducks
quacking, awakened in surprise
they too start a’swimmin
a dragon-fly
.. flies off

G.s.k. ‘15



A butterfly cinquain is a nine-line syllabic verse of the following pattern:  2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 2 / 8 / 6 / 4 / 2.

Jane Doughery Writes: Poetry challenge #8: Butterfly cinquain

Wordeling Haiku and Waka – December 3, 2015

coloured reflections
first light
reflecting on the river
naked trees
wings of a bird
the stalking and stalked
in the foggy morn
wanting clarity – the hawk
swoops from the clouds
little creatures
all the world revealed
within this valley
© G.s.k. ‘15


Morning Waka and Haiku – November 16, 2015

Mori, Trentino

Mori (TN)

here in Padua
morning sounds reverberate
with my heartbeat
preparing to return home
a gull passes overhead

saying adieu
the sun rises in the fog
coffee pot bubbles
persimmon tree full of birds
just Brynn and I watch them

like the Silk Road
beckoning to the traveller
it’s time to leave
returning home from the east
the mountains call to me

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Just a Note and some tanka – November 13, 2015

park benches

Hello World!

I was a bit busy yesterday so I wasn’t able to post and today I’ll be posting in the evening (Italian time so I guess that’d be somewhere between afternoon and tomorrow depending if you are reading me in the Americas or Asia/Australia).

In the meantime a couple of  tanka:

sinking sun
all along the lakefront
empty benches
too tired to just sit and think
ah – these splendid autumn days

the quiet predawn
silence and star-lit skies
a caterwauling cat
sings to his autumn lovers

© G.s.k. ‘15

A Lone Swan – Haiku – November 11, 2015


a lone swan –
searching for its partner
choppy waters

© G.s.k. ‘15

Inspired by: Carpe Diem Special #181 “a maple leaf” Ese’s second haiku 

a maple leaf –
I search for life line
in my palm

© Ese of Ese’s Voice