Leap – Morning Haiku and Waka – March 1, 2016


mosquito on daffodil


into life
looking neither left or right
old frog leaps

spring leaps into being
even in the compost heap
new sprouts flourish
first blossoms bloom in the grass
a mosquito buzzes

© G.s.k. ‘16

Love – Tanka and Haiku – February 26, 2016

wet grass

barefoot in the morn
her slippers stained with water
returning at dawn
walking under the moonlight
with her secret lover

spring passion
blackbirds and cherry blossoms
and secret kisses

quickening of spring
feverish he watches her
swaying past his door
wondering how to meet her
before cherry blossoms fall

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #925 Love

Earlier this month we also wrote about love .. so I chose to write about romantic love today 😉

Haiku Horizons – Spider – February 26, 2016

Dew on a spider's web in the morning.  Luc Viatour

Dew on a spider’s web in the morning. Luc Viatour

morning walk
tattered old spider web
flaps in the wind

crystal drops
lacing a spider web
in the moonlight

the old spider
an empty web

© G.s.k. ‘16

NaHaiWriMo – Zinger – Febrary 16, 2016

birds in the bushes
clamouring in early morn
zinger chit-chat

© G.s.k. ‘16

Today’s word is zinger and it is another word that I’d never hear of before … but rather versatile:

noun, Informal.
a quick, witty, or pointed remark or retort:
During the debate she made a couple of zingers that deflated the opposition.
a surprise, shock, or piece of electrifying news:
The president’s resignation was a real zinger.
a person or thing that has vitality or animation or produces startling results.

Morning Haiku and Waka – Blog Hopping – January 11, 2016

Ducks in love

Love, what is love?  That potent attraction that pulls two people together?  No perhaps that’s hormones and little else.  Well, might it be then, the fascinating encounter with a great thinker who can mesmerize one into ecstasy with words? I think not, intellectually fulfilling perhaps, at least for a time but love, no, not love.  What about that perfect body, those lovely eyes and that suave voice.  Aesthetically pleasing perhaps, but no, not love.  We in the west, raised and nurtured on fairy tales and romantic novels, have a vague idealistic vision of love and I suspect that that vision is just an illusion.  If we search for love guided by all the nonsense that we watch on television and read in books our love affairs will be quickly over because they’re based on “fried air” as the Italians like to say.

So what is love – are there different kinds of love, or is there just Love with a capital letter?  Is that feeling you have for your dog or cat any less important to you than  the feelings you have for your child. (I can hear the scandalized voices now .. but Let’s be honest.) Don’t you get all torn up and feel miserable when your dear four-legged friend dies.  I know I still mourn my old friend Maao to the point that I never want to own another cat.

If we’re talking about sentiments and emotions, I suppose we could call a summer encounter or a meeting of minds on the internet a love affair, but if we’re looking for something deeper that involves something more universal maybe we should look within.

a quick flash
star-crossed summer loves
autumn cinders

© G.s.k. ‘16


sun and moon
lovers always separated
forever linked

this heart
one with the universe

a warm touch
the cherry tree blossoms
in love with life

attraction and repulsion
love’s paradox

© G.s.k. ‘16

This post is linked to:  Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #69 An Essay About Real LoveHeeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille February 10th 2016 and

Spring – haiku – January 28, 2016


riotous blossoms
fill the gardens and pathways
new bird’s nests

white water and blossoms
walking in the country-side
heavy with perfume

friends and family
sitting in the blossom rain
first spring picnic

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Special #194 A Trip Along Memory Lane — with a twist

The twist is that though our host had created a new prompt, he never published it, here’s the story:

“Let me tell you which special feature I am talking about. This feature I created shortly after our first month of inspirational music, but I never dared to publish it, because of its likeness with Imagination.

This special feature I had titled “Carpe Diem Awakens your Muse” and the goal was to share a video for your inspiration. These videos would be all about nature and so … after thinking and re-thinking this I decided to bring this special feature in our last CD Special of January.

Credits: Sparrow on Lotus (logo CD Awakens Your Muse)

The goal of this CD-Special is to watch a video, look at the images, listen to the music and become one with the scene(s) in the video and awaken your muse and write/compose an all new haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.”

fragile beauty
the shining wind* from the east
plays with cherry blossom

from far away
the sound of a temple bell
welcomes spring

cherry blossoms bloom
bare branches in designer cloths
children’s laughter

© Chèvrefeuille

Fields – Haiku Haitaishi- January 22, 2016

windy afternoon
a lark caught in the current
o’er fields of grain

in a field of wheat
cicadas serenade
[a  farmer sleeps]

fresh turned soil
crows fly o’er the empty fields
searching out seeds

a field of snow
perfect white canvas
tales, yet untold

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #901 fields

Here are a few examples about this modern kigo by Jane herself:

a field of snow
fenced in by fields
of snow

the winter moon
diminishing into snowflakes
open fields

dark fences
encircling the snowy field
eyelashes blink

stitching together
now-covered fields
blackbird wings

© Jane Reichhold

And here is Chèvrefeuille’s lovely haiku:

virgin field
disgracing it would be a sin
the first bare step

© Chèvrefeuille