Spring Willow – March 23, 2016

Last week I was watching a very interesting video about Chinese ink painting or when applied the Japanese art form Sume-i.  The painter was showing how to paint willow branches.  At a certain point he related a popular Chinese saying that from a willow cutting an entire forest would grow … which fascinated me.

a willow cutting
planted in an old vase
a future forest

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #944 willow

Golden Willow – Haiku – December 29, 2015

Golden Willow

Golden Willow

December morning
in splendid golden glory
the willow sways

now alone
she lost her companion
to a summer squall*

with each passing day
she loses her golden chiome
the willow ages **

*Fallen Willow Jisei

**Willow Weep

Today is the last episode dedicated to my haiku and waka on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.  I have just written a brief note to Chèvrefeuille thanking him for this opportunity, but above all, thanking him for showing my poetry to myself.

I rarely re-read my poetry or in fact anything I write.  I always promise myself that I will wade through my archives and perhaps put together a book or two but never quite find the time to do so.  I don’t know what holds me back except perhaps a lack of confidence in my writing.

This special month and my book which Chèvrefeuille published have been such a wonderful experience for me.  I wish to thank him and all of you who have read and enjoyed my work for your constant encouragement.

this hidden path
draped in honeysuckle
I hear nature sing
sweet is the blackbird’s song
as spring begins to bloom

 © G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Special #189 Georgia’s 5th strolling yesterday (tanka)

strolling yesterday
astonished by the pine trees.
they seemed to copy
the heavy rain laden skies
imitating it’s wet lay.

© Georgia (May 2013)

a new day rises –
the weeping willow on the piazza
a birds’ gathering

weeping willow
in the autumn sunlight
a golden tree

under the willow
on the city’s graveyard
weeping silhouette

© Chèvrefeuille

Jisei for a Willow – Tanka/Jisei – September 26, 2015

fallen willow

fallen – sweet willow
felled by impetuous winds
September tempest
her sisters weep on the shore
and I write her jisei

tall subtle willow
protected young and old
fell – angry winds

© G.s.k. ‘15

This was is what remains of the largest willow in the lake front parks at Riva Del Garda.  I rarely could photograph her … she was just way too big – she often was just a few leaves filling in the space around her sister willow.

fallen willow_2

From last March:

Weep Haiga

Linked to: Carpe Diem On The Trail With Basho Encore #14 “falling willow leaves”

Watery Rill- tanka – July 17, 2015

gull and storm

gull and storm

watery rill
cascading between her breasts
seeking her release
in a summer storm


frenzied kisses
passionate – no longer tender
drench them in the storm
he sails into her harbour
safe haven in her arms*


wayward gull
flies in the summer tempest
the willow beckons
she longs for his touch
his windswept passion

© G.s.k. ‘15

*inspired by BLANCHE SHOEMAKER WAGSTAFF courtesy of The Muscleheaded Blog

‘Weeping Willow’ – July 13, 2015

Wind and willow

Wind and willow

dishevelled foliage flying
the weeping willow

the weeping willow
faces the raging wind

bending but not breaking
the willow resists

the willow resists
first drops of rain – fall
weeping in the wind

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem Time Glass #35 weeping willow

Haiga Festival – Weeping Willow – March 31, 2015


willow weep your tears
but know your lover returns
with the winds of spring

© G.s.k. ‘15



weep not young willow
spring promises warmth and love
feel the southern breeze

© G.s.k. ‘15


With these two haiga I say adieu to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Haiga Festival!  It’s been fun to watch the willows bloom.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAswishing and cooing
wind whispers spring promises
wind in the willow

© G.s.k. ‘15


Haiku Special: Under the Willow

somber willowunder the willow
storm winds whisper their promise
silent song birds wait

under the willow
children play and elders nap
summer sun shining


under the willow
a lost lagoon moulders green
water reflections

under the willow
mysterious summer dreams
carps swim in the pond

Written for Carpe diem Haiku Kai – The first Lineopen-book-flames-best-books_1040815(1) I have to admit I enjoyed writing these haiku.  I liked how the first line set the pace…and I liked looking for some of my older photos to illustrate them.  Have a great day folks.