TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge – Star – December 20, 2015


this starless tree
awaiting winter solstice
its crown of glory

© G.s.k. ‘15

It’s been traditional in my family that the “man of the house” puts the star on the Christmas tree once it has been completely decorated.  Usually we put up our tree on the 8th of December, in Italy that is the Feast of Annunciation of Jesus’ birth to the Virgin.  This year, however, I put the tree up later than usual, and am awaiting my son who will arrive tomorrow, the 21st of December, Winter Solstice, to place the star on the tree.

winter evening
hanging stars around the house
bright Christmas cheer

 © G.s.k. ‘15

TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge – Star

Basho’s “where the hototogisu is singing” – April 19, 2015

no wo yoko ni uma hikimuke yo hototogisu

riding over the summer moor, –
“ah! lead the horse that way!”
where the hototogisu is singing

© Basho (Tr. R.H. Blyth)

The goal of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Sparkling Stars feature is to try to compose another haiku in the same spirit as the one given following the classical rules:

Mori (TN), Italy

driving past spring fields
“stop by the road and listen!”
larks sing in the mist

© G.s.k. ‘15

Writing with Kala Ramesh – a new moon sky – March 15, 2015

Smiling Moon by Chadh

black velvet
clouds hanging close to Earth
new moon sky
a call breaks the deep silence
midnight owl’s hunting call

© G.s.k. ‘15

This week’s Sparkling Stars at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is dedicated to an Indian poet who is also a musician, Kala Ramesh … Please visit Carpe Diem’s post more information about this versatile artist in the meantime … below is an interesting Vpost by Ms Kala Ramesh, and Dr Jayashree Rajagopalan, where they magically blend the art of haiku with the art of Bharat Natyam dance … this is part one.


Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

The Train – Haiku – February 16, 2015


beyond yellow lines
the train thunders up the tracks
iron dragon

ta-da da-dum
that familiar song plays
train track blues

whooshing air
the trains rolls in the station
hurricane of hair

moving emotions
in this noisy train station
farewells and welcomes

© G.s.k. 15


Train … CDHK  Sparkling Stars: This week’s haiku poet is John Stevenson’s and we’re reading some of  his haiku about trains:

the train picks up speed,
in a paper coffee cup
concentric waves

the river always
out there in the dark
late train home

coming home
on the train
… the backyards

© John Stevenson

Sparkling Stars – Writing with Shiki – January 17, 2015


kaerimireba yuki-aishi hito kasumi keri

when I looked back,
the man who passed
was lost in the mist

© Masaoka Shiki

“The goal is to write an all new classical haiku (following the rules of the classics, you can find those rules in Carpe Diem Lecture 1 in the menu) inspired on the one given.”

in the misty morning
the old woman wabbles past
a lonely echo

foggy evening
their muffled conversations
bodiless come near

where I once was
walking in a hazy mist
a road now lost

© G.s.k. 15

Visit Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for the full prompt

v. wob·bled, wob·bling, wob·bles also wab·bled or wab·bling or wab·bles I know I should use the proper most used spelling of words … depending on wherever I am of course .. in this case, I didn’t really intend to choose the odd spelling … my editor tells me when I’ve misspelled a word and tells me before I post what the eventual words are.  Remember, I’m the one who at a certain point in my life was convinced that of should be spelt (spelled) “ov”.  Wabbles passed the W.P. test … so I went to look it up later and found that wabbles is an alternative spelling, who knew!

Morning Haiku and Waka – December 20, 2014

young lovers
discover sprigs of mistletoe
early harvest

винтаж и рождество

winds around the tree
lover’s embrace

the bulb sleeps under straw
a daffodil sprouts

винтаж и рождество

in a crib
fresh straw laid out
a child’s birth

© G.s.k. ‘14

Written  inspired by the posts found at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Mistletoe  and Straw

Morning Haiku and Waka – December 19, 2014



Christmas Stocking_smallred stocking
alone on the mantle
no children 
awaiting presents
Christmas memory

the stocking
ghost of Christmas past
filled with love

© G.s.k. ‘14

This is the original haiku I used for inspiration for this post, a Sparkling Stars from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:

Christmas stockings
hanging above the fireplace
awaiting presents

© Chèvrefeuille

Three Childless Ladies – Haiku – November 22, 2014

the childless woman,
how tender she is
to the dolls!

© Ransetsu (Tr. Blyth)

the three gossips

three childless ladies
exchanging kitty stories –
one autumn morning

© G.s.k. ’14

The request is to write a “classical haiku”* based on the moving image of Ransetsu’s haiku:

*+ 5-7-5 syllables
+ a seasonword (kigo)
+ a cuttingword (kireji, in western mostly interpunction)
+ a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water
+ interchangable first and third line
+ a deeper meaning

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  – Sparkling Stars