Solstice Night – Soliloqui no Renga – January 10, 2016


paper balloon with candle – solstice celebrations

at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

© Chèvrefeuille

there a shooting star flares
reflections on the water

night whispers
palm trees and willows
midnight encounter

splashing crescendo
love-making odyssey

 skimming the waves
along the dark skyline
bobbing lights

fishermen young and old
their life in their nets

upon the shoals
echos of ghostly laughter
old coot

first rays of moonlight
shimmer off the duck’s back

in silence
reverberating splash
a single pebble

toasting with wine
an a-ha moment

ach – that old sultry song
mosquito’s ode


pink and red on velvet blue
so ends the shortest night

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Special #191 A Trip Along Memory Lane #2 Soliloquy no Renga

long day/summer solstice – June 24, 2015


swirling fairies
greeting the summer solstice
in a tiny glen

dancing and games
celebrating summer
at Trambache

the longest day
jousting and fireworks
a midnight feast

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem #759, long day/summer solstice

Chèvrefeuille’s post is full of some very beautiful haiku celebrating the summer solstice … click the link to enjoy them!

Fireflies and Fairy lights – June 21, 2014

by Anja

by Anja

under the starlit sky
walking in the fields
beside the woods
a princess met her prince
one Midsummer’s night …

under the starlit sky
fireflies lit the fields
beside the woods
where the couple met to woo
one Midsummer’s night

under the starlit sky
a fairy passing stopped
beside the woods
watched the couple loving
one Midsummer’s night

under the starlit sky
fireflies and fairy light
beside the woods
inspired eternal devotion
one Midsummer’s night.

Anja’s Post for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie inspired this little poem … now I’ll try to get down to serous work … maybe with some help 😉

Summer Soltice Fest – Haibun – June 10, 2014

The summer music fest of 2015 was one of the most exciting moments of my life.  That year it was held at Stonehenge.

The pipers and harpists from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany were all present with a special presentation from Galicia.  The most exciting moment of the evening though was when a group of young people from the north of India got together with a group of Australian Aborigine.  The sitar’s mystic melodies accented by the ancient whirling guttural sound of the didgeridoo enchanted us all as we greeted the Summer Solstice. Magic seemed to fill the air and we seemed to be transported into the realm of faery.  It was an evening few of the present could ever forget!

summer solstice
mystic musical greetings

Written for Ligo Haibun Challenge Word Prompt … obviously, this never happened, but how I would love to go to a summer music fest and see and hear this happen!

I’ve been rengaed! A challenge! June 9, 2014


Over the week-end I decided to catch up with some of the prompts offered by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and one of them was dedicated to the up-coming Summer Solstice … my contribution is here and the prompt here:

The haiku of the series of haiku was inspired by Oliana Kim from Traces of the Soul’s.  This morning she sent a comment and “renga-ed” one of my haiku:

summer memories
friends playing with verse and song
laughing heartily
(c) G.s.k.

and she replied:

toasting wine in merriment
lakeside stroll concludes the night!
(C) Oliana Kim

I thik it’s a really great renga!  So on this bright Monday morning (in Italy anyway … I’d like you all to participate in Oli’s renga!

Remember a renga is a  verse written by two poets…one giving the leading hokku (for us haiku) and the second completing the thought with a two line 7 syllable closing poem. In ancient Japan it was quite the game to play among cultured people.

You say it looks like a tanka… well written by one person, we’d call it a tanka, but when it’s written by two, it’s a renga!

summer memories
friends playing with verse and song
laughing heartily
(c) G.s.k.

Are you game?  If so either add your two verses in the comments below, or write your own post and link it to this one!  I’d love to see what you come up with!

Have a great week!  Georgia.