Christmas Mummer – December 18, 2017 (tanka)

eventide
waltzing through the street
winter mummers*
twirling golden fairy lights
one for every season

gsk ’17

 

Mummer definition, a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or taking part in a pantomime, especially at Christmas and other festive seasons.

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Fish in the Snow – December 15, 2017

Floating Fish in the snow

Winter came early for us in the Lake Valley of southern Trentino.  Because of the Lake Garda’s microclimate we usually only see snow around mid January, if then.  The other morning the sky was heavy and what looked like fog was actually snowfall.  It snowed the whole day through changing our autumn suddenly into winter.  As I looked out towards the courtyard in front of my house, my fish wind chime began to tinkle and I imagined a world with floating fish.

December
cold grey morning sky
first flakes fall
ice crystals
softly blur my world from sight
hills of snow – growing

Silence grows
as snow flakes gather
transforming
humdrum scenes
into something new – special
never seen before

In that morn
of cold December
suddenly
in silence
a fish floated in the snow
outside my window.

gsk ’17

 

 

 

 

Haiku Horizons – Spider – February 26, 2016

Dew on a spider's web in the morning.  Luc Viatour

Dew on a spider’s web in the morning. Luc Viatour

morning walk
tattered old spider web
flaps in the wind

crystal drops
lacing a spider web
in the moonlight

gone
the old spider
an empty web

© G.s.k. ‘16

Writing with: dt.haase “inviting silence” – Haiga – February 3, 2016

Masts - Haiga

 

Chèvrefeuille writes:

“It is my pleasure to bring to you an all new episode of our special feature Tokubetsudesu. This week I will tell you a little bit more about our “runner-up” of our “winter-kukai”, dt.haase. dt.haase is the pseudonym of Dan Haase. Dan is an educator and consultant in Wheaton, Illinois.  dt.haase is not a regular visitor of our Kai, but he sometimes shares his wonderful haiku and haiga here.”

This is the  haiku (submitted as a haiga for the “winter-kukai”):

© dt.haase. “runner-up” of the “winter-kukai”

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #68 dt.haase’s “inviting silence”

dt.haase’s blog is: Wanderer With Words

Sweetness – Haiku – February 2, 2016

still life

fresh fruit
sweetness lingers in the air
autumn harvest

freezing morning
warm smells from the kitchen
hot chocolate

[ah – warm toast]
fresh smell of sweet cinnamon
childhood thoughts

baking
the house fills with cookie smells
snow storm howls

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #909 Sweetness

Etched in Sunset – Minute Poem – January 28, 2016

light experiment_small

in the shadows of the gloaming
each line etched
against the lake
in black and white

in the twilight we leave the shore
and lake birds call,
shrilly voicing
their last goodbyes

in this moment of day’s passing
a star rises
to guide our steps
ever homeward

G.s.k. ‘16

The was written using the form Minute presented on:  Three-Day Midweek by Quickly’s Winter Doldrums

Snowflake – Haiku – January 26, 2016

for a moment
a crystal snowflake rests
on her woollen glove

children laugh and shout
catching snowflakes in their mouths
the taste of winter

in the wind – dancing
white dervishes fill the sky
whirling snowflakes

G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #904 Kazahana (snowflakes)

little straw mat–
the cat comes with a coat
of snowflakes

snowflakes flitting down–
a winter solstice
celebration

© Kobayashi Issa

snowflakes
cover the red roses
on a new grave


© Chèvrefeuille

falling gently
snowflakes
fragile beauty

© Chèvrefeuille