Snowflake – Haiku – January 26, 2016

for a moment
a crystal snowflake rests
on her woollen glove

children laugh and shout
catching snowflakes in their mouths
the taste of winter

in the wind – dancing
white dervishes fill the sky
whirling snowflakes

G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #904 Kazahana (snowflakes)

little straw mat–
the cat comes with a coat
of snowflakes

snowflakes flitting down–
a winter solstice
celebration

© Kobayashi Issa

snowflakes
cover the red roses
on a new grave


© Chèvrefeuille

falling gently
snowflakes
fragile beauty

© Chèvrefeuille

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
flickers

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