NaHaiWriMo – Zig-Zag – February 13, 2016

Lone Bee Haiga

inebriated by spring
a lone bee

© G.s.k. ‘16

(The above photograph was really very nice even before I started to go wild.  I began to imagine what it would be like to be a bee (ah – uhm) who’d just woken up after a winter’s nap and to find the fields full of the delightful smells of spring.  I can’t imagine what the vision of a bee might be, or if their sense of smell influences what they see … so I just ripped loose with the colour and pretended that it be psychedelic !)

Shadows and Light – Photographic Reflections – February 8, 2016


I was fascinated by the light play at the top of this tree observed in Rovereto last week and took several photographs. This was the first of the series and although the photos are almost exactly the same, this one is the best.  Why should this be – perhaps because it was the capture of the first vision?

light and shadows
nesting on the highest boughs
winter morn

© G.s.k. ‘16

Source: Shadows and Light – Photographic Reflections – February 8, 2016

Etched in Sunset – Minute Poem – January 28, 2016

light experiment_small

in the shadows of the gloaming
each line etched
against the lake
in black and white

in the twilight we leave the shore
and lake birds call,
shrilly voicing
their last goodbyes

in this moment of day’s passing
a star rises
to guide our steps
ever homeward

G.s.k. ‘16

The was written using the form Minute presented on:  Three-Day Midweek by Quickly’s Winter Doldrums

Ten Styles of Tanka – Post 8 – January 27, 2016

Malcesine Castle_small

the cold moon
illuminates the clouds
high over the lake
but not even the moon
can illuminate closed minds

G.s.k. ‘16


8. Novel treatment – hitofushi aru tei, Using an unusual or original poetic conception

Among the 26 examples is the poem by Fujiwara Motozane (ca 950) from the Shinkokinshū, #11:1060:

namidagawa / mi mo uku bakari / nagaruedo / kienu wa hito no / omoi narikeri

a river of tears
floats my body off
on its current
but it cannot quell the fire
you have set in my heart


Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66 Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold

Mountain Walking – Haibun – January 15, 2016

Olive Grove in Campo

to the olive grove
ten minutes as a crow flies
fond memories

When you’re fit climbing up the side of a mountain is paradise.  The very air seems to help you up, your heart of course increases its beat and maybe your breath comes quicker and soon dopamine starts pumping through your veins. If the hike up is a real challenge finally adrenaline joins the cocktail of hormones and whatever else is making that walk fun, is it a wonder that walking can become addictive. Time flashes by as you fall into your own breath, feel your leg muscles flexing and elongating, hear the sound around you sort of muffled but very much alive.  Before you know it, you’ve reached your goal, maybe a lodge where you’ll spend the night, or a land-mark, like an abandoned village or a cross on a hill-top and you think how quickly time flies by when you’re having fun.

dishes up fond memories
back in training

© G.s.k. ‘16

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, January 13th 2016

Cold Spring – Haiku, (Haiga) and Tanka – January 12, 2016


fairy tree haiga

spring vision
in the cold rain
mixed with snow

pink pallid sun
and my light tricks at dawn
in the cold-spring rain
raindrops caught in the flash
[or fairies play in the tree]

G.s.k. ‘16

N.B.  I would like to remind everyone that on the 1st of February will begin my birthday month of haiga if you wish to participate with me I will put up a Mr. Linky app for the occasion and an inspiration prompt which can be used or ignored.

Carpe Diem #895 Harusamu (cold spring)

Did you know that in Japan Spring (called: Harusamu) begins on the 4th of February (called Nigatsu).  Here’s what Chèvrefeuille has to tell us in this interesting episode (which you can go to following the link above):

It’s [Harumsau] a very nice classical kigo. In classical Japan it is believed that spring starts on about February 4th, which is said to be the first day of spring. Even if the Japanese hear only the sound of the word haru (spring), they become happy and have great expectations for the coming days, though the temperature of this month is still low and it remains the coldness of winter.
The Japanese feel excited to hear the word harusamu (cold spring), even if it is cold. But the word yokan (the lingering cold of early spring) emphasizes the coldness of winter which is lingering on. As the snow begins to melt and the ice is getting thinner and thinner, the workings of animals and plants become active.