Venetian Water Roads – Villanelle – May 2, 2015


riding  down a Venetian water road
rain drops fell from grey clouded skies
and white gulls sailed up high and bold

thunder rumbled somewhere it snowed
(which was a blessing in disguise)
riding down a Venetian water road

grey doves joined the gulls to goad
a wayward cat which growled in angry replies
and white gulls sailed up high and bold

bright kayaks throughout the Lagoon rowed
but in Burano some found this so unwise
riding down a Venetian water road

sights and sounds soon overflowed
birds, boats and people filled my ears and eyes
and white gulls sailed up high and bold

Oh Venice though your cold winds blowed
I loved each of your damp gusty sighs
riding down a Venetian water road
and white gulls sailed up and bold

© G.s.k. ‘15

A villanelle for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s B&P Shadorma and Beyond

Buson’s “I came to the cherry blossoms” – April 5, 2015


the canal is closed
wind-blown cherry blossoms – fall
under leaden skies

I warned  the stragglers
“go back the canal is blocked”
I and they were one

© G.s.k. 15

Yesterday, although it was cold and cloudy we went to visit the Islands around Venice. We kept running into a group of kayakers, in Burano …  they went up a canal blocked by a low bridge and had to try to turn back in this crowded canal!

This is a beautiful haiku by Buson for our inspiration at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Sparkling Stars where we were to write a “classical haiku” in a similar vein:

hana ni kite hana ni ineburu itoma kana

I came to the cherry blossoms;
I slept beneath them;
this was my leisure

© Yosa Buson

1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. a kigo (in this particular haiku) cherry blossom (a spring kigo)
3. a kireji (a cutting word, in Western languages mostly interpunction)
4. interchangeable first and third line
5. if possible, a deeper spiritual meaning

Morning Haiku and Waka – Venezia – February 24, 2015

plunk plunk plunk a drip
somewhere in the icy fog

yet another bridge
passing a dark dank alley
as Venice sleeps

morning gulls screeching
night’s fishing boats return
the Grand Canal

© G.s.k. 15

along the canals
dawn shimmers on the water
pigeons cooing

sloshing gondolas
sleep in the Venetian dawn
dawns early lights
pink with golden highlights
no Carnival or tourists

swirling ’round me
the fog muffles everything
but the smell of rot

© G.s.k. 15

Venice is a city in decay.  Centuries ago, the first settlers created Venice as a way to avoid the marauders that were flowing into the Italian peninsula.  The experiment grew, the known technology created this beautiful city of canals linking hundreds islands and artificial islands connected by hundreds of bridges in the middle of a marshy lagoon.  It’s often been on the brink of sinking. It’s foundation is an interesting mix of wooden pylons and muck.   Modern technology is trying to save Venice from sinking permanently … its population though has been greatly reduced due to the difficulties of living in a city that’s often flooded by high tide.  For more information about Venice click this LINK.

Today’s at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai artist for today’s inspiration is a little known Russian impressionist named Sapozhnikova Svetlana … a lovely touch she has indeed.