Fashion King – Haiga Festival – March 29, 2015

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fancy head-dress
the fashion king shows off
before heading north

© G.s.k. ‘15

The end of March is when we usually see the migrating birds passing through on their long journey northwards.  I’m back to walking Lake Garda and found a new “tourist” visiting.  I didn’t know the name of this aquatic bird until today – I’d never seen them around our part of the world and they are very hard to photograph (there were several, but they tend to stay out of range of people so with my Olympus this was the best I could do) … they look like sharp billed ducks at a distance, and then they flare their lovely head feathers and then, one can no longer mistake them for ducks! Here’s a cool video from the YouTube:


And here’s another haiga dedicated to the crested grebe:



fashion-king in spring
visiting Torbole
before going north

© G.s.k. ‘15

This post was created for: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Haiga Festival – O’er cold waves – March 18, 2015


Gardasee in spring
winds buffet this lonely gull
o’er cold choppy waves

© ‘15

Today Chèvrefeuille add a new technique to writing haiku called baransu.  What is Baransu?

‘baransu’ (associative balance), a new haiku writing technique which I dared creating myself. Than we had a few examples in which I have tried to explain this ‘baransu’- technique. I even tried my hand on the famous ‘frogpond’ haiku by Basho to re-form it in a ‘baransu’ haiku.

the old pond
a frog jumps into it
sound of water

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

I will start by re-producing the first line here: the old pond. What are the possibilities to associate on? I think “old” and “pond” will do. “Old” has to do with ‘classic’, ‘yesterday’, ‘age’, ‘a long time ago’. Which one can I use? I think I will try ‘yesterday’ to start creating the second line of this “baransu”-haiku.
‘yesterday … Irisses bloomed’ .. hm nice line, but what to use to associate on? In this line I can associate on ‘yesterday’. ‘Irisses’, and ‘bloomed’. ‘Yesterday’ has to do with time; ‘Irisses’ are purple mostly and ‘bloomed’ can mean ‘blossoming’ or ‘decay’ too. I will use ‘Irisses’ to associate on and than this line ‘pops-up’‘only a faint purple’.

Now I will bring the three lines together:

the old pond
yesterday … Irisses bloomed
only a faint purple

© Chèvrefeuille

I’m not sure that I did justice to the associative balance idea but it is an interesting concept to keep in mind!

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Writing Techniques #11 “baransu”

Haiku – Breeze – June 9, 2014


stiff and sustained
the hour has come to Garda
daily breeze

refreshing breeze
cooling torrid afternoons
siesta time

pinging sheets
the dock’s a concert hall
the breeze – soloist

through the vallies
blows the strong afternoon breeze
“l’ora” del Garda

The stiff afternoon breeze that we call “l’ora” (the hour) here in the Lake Garda area is so much a part of our summer life that this particular prompt could have become a haiku novella!  It begins down at the southern end of the lake and reaches Riva/Torbole between 11:00 to 1:00 and blows up the vallies all the way to Trento, helping to cool the whole area, eventually calming down to close to nothing in the late afternoon.

It gets so cool in the towns like Riva del Garda and Torbole, which are right on the lake,  that one must put on a sweater to be comfortable. The surfers love it when “l’ora” begins to ripple the lake  and they can start their daily runs!

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – #488 Breeze