“autumn night” – June 25, 2015

aki no yo o uchi kuzushitaru hanashi kana

autumn night
dashed to bits
in conversation

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

blazing bonfire
sitting around the table
rehashing the day
anger runs high
under empty stars

© G.s.k. ‘15

At Trambache one of the features is a big night battle where different companies face off to re-enact a famous moment in the history of the area.

Unfortunately, although everyone should just bring their swords, there are a couple of people in a particular team who bring along short pikes topped with steel hooks or semi-axes. They also stay in the second row behind swordsmen in order to thump people without interference.  Their goal is to dent helmets and armour. Three of our lads had great dents in their helmets, on one we counted around 15! Three of our lads were finally able to grab the pike and disarmed one of the marauders.

Besides being potentially very dangerous (some of our lads just had mail shirts over gambesons) full armour costs a lot of money and having to repair it isn’t free. Some of our company are contemplating not participating in next year’s battle if these people are present. It’s sad to say but this isn’t the first time this has happened and though the organizers should call that team to order, they still show-up creating bad blood.


Carpe Diem “On The Trail With Basho Encore” #6 autumn night

Stargazing – June 24, 2014

laying in the grass
the universe a touch away

over the castle
just a sliver of silver moon
in a jewelled sky
surrounded by festivities
in a forgotten time

this night’s sky
seen through a fantasy
of another age

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem 760 stargazing

Click on the above link for some more fantastic haiku!

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!