Morning Haiku and Waka – December 28, 2014

colored first snow

snow falls
down this block a peach blossom

© G.s.k. ‘14

The inspirational poem for the last of the series of Richard Wright’s December haiku at Carpe Diem Haiku Special:

keep straight down this block,
then turn right where you will find
a peach tree blooming

© Richard Wright

Sunday Whirl – The Last Harvest Moon (Choka) – December 1, 2014

The Last Harvest Moon – Choka

as the breeze picks up,
canes rattle in harmony –
red leaves scattered
fall in the river and drown.
the monk bent with age,
walks along the road thinking
his secular thoughts
the splendor of youth now gone,
he gathers courage
to face another winter.
his arthritis plain,
his skin yellow and brittle …
then, a finch warbles
a cat rubs against his legs
he smiles down sweetly.

the last harvest moon
outlines the withered bent stalks
he walks and gazes
gathering the cold omens
whispered in the winter wind.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

I’ve just read the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt for the first prompt of December entitled “accepting the finite” and have decided to link this choka, which speaks of the acceptance of the coming of “winter” and death.


harvest, secular, splendor, breeze, able, scattered, plain, skin, bent, gaze, gathering, rattle

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Looking for a Knight – Free Verse

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“A knight in shining armor!”
is what I asked for in the ad
“must be handsome and bold, for sure,
but not just a pretty face.
He’ll have to have a lance,
a special sword of gold …
but most of all he’ll need
good humor a hundred fold!

We’re looking for a knight,
to take on the depressing monster …
who’s been lurking, creating havoc,
where ever he’s shown his face!
This can’t be then just any knight,
something special there must be,
a sunny disposition, a warm smile,
a heart of gold …
to shoo away dark winter’s night.

If you care then to apply today
we’ll look at your application,
the reward will be a thousand fold,
made of smiles and glorifications …
just send to us your photo,
a poem or a song …
we’ll get straight back to you
signed – humankind.”


Written for Last Autumn’s Acorns by Blog it or Lose it. I think we need to look into finding that special knight in shining armor…before the depression monster gets any stronger! 😉