Haiku Horizon (Sleep) – Haiku – January 26, 2016


the flowers and trees
snow bound – sleep their winter nap
all is in silence

in this silence
moving in and out of sleep
time moves slowly

to sleep to dream
the cherry blossoms in bloom
beside the fireplace

G.s.k. ‘16

Haiku Horizons - sleep

Haiku Horizons – sleep

Haiku Horizons Sleep

Fields – Haiku Haitaishi- January 22, 2016

windy afternoon
a lark caught in the current
o’er fields of grain

in a field of wheat
cicadas serenade
[a  farmer sleeps]

fresh turned soil
crows fly o’er the empty fields
searching out seeds

a field of snow
perfect white canvas
tales, yet untold

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #901 fields

Here are a few examples about this modern kigo by Jane herself:

a field of snow
fenced in by fields
of snow

the winter moon
diminishing into snowflakes
open fields

dark fences
encircling the snowy field
eyelashes blink

stitching together
now-covered fields
blackbird wings

© Jane Reichhold

And here is Chèvrefeuille’s lovely haiku:

virgin field
disgracing it would be a sin
the first bare step

© Chèvrefeuille

Morning Haiku and Waka – Haiku Horizons (Spend) – January 19, 2016

autumn’s now spent
snow flakes fall in silence
white fairy flurries

we spend the evening
as the radio plays Brahms

anguish –
spending all her energy
for his love

she fills her soul
walking under the plums
as the blossoms rain
spending time reflecting
on the last days of winter

© G.s.k. ‘16

After the Snow Fall – Haiku – January 18, 2016

clear morning
new fallen snow in the park
begging sparrows cheep

© G.s.k. ‘16

Fortunately or unfortunately – depending on one’s point of view, it hasn’t snowed in Arco/Riva yet, so I can only rely on my memory for a clear sky after a snowfall.  But I’d like to thanks Chèvrefeuille for all the efforts he took to illustrate this episode!

Carpe Diem #898 Yukibare (clear sky between (after) snowfall)

after the snow
Mt. Fuji soars
into the clear skies    

© Shinya Ogata

yukibare no ushi no chibusa no man no toki

blue sky after snow
a time when milk cow’s breast
is full

© Shikyo Tomooka

yukibare ni nodumi no toudo nioikeri

fine after snow,
a smell of the kaolin* laid
in the open air

© Takako Yana

* Kaolin, also called china clay,  soft white clay that is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of china and porcelain and is widely used in the making of paper, rubber, paint, and many other products. Kaolin is named after the hill in China (Kao-ling) from which it was mined for centuries. Samples of kaolin were first sent to Europe by a French Jesuit missionary around 1700 as examples of the materials used by the Chinese in the manufacture of porcelain.

yukibare ya hashira o yameru hitobashira

after the snow
spending the day watching
the clear blue sky

Takano Mutsuo (1947 – ) (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

Mountain Snow – haiku – January 16, 2016

snow capped moutains

see the mountain
there’s a cold blanket of white
– freshly laid

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #897 snow viewing

iza saraba  yukimi ni korobu  tokoro made

well then,
let’s go snow-viewing
till we all fall down

© Matsuo Basho

uma sôna yuki ya fûwari fûwari to

looking delicious
the snow falling softly

yuki-guni no yuki iwau hi ya asagi-zora

a day to celebrate
snow country’s snow!
a pale blue sky

© Kobayashi Issa

going snow viewing
one by one the walkers vanish
whitely falling veils

© Katsura Nobuko

Morning Haiku and Waka – Frost – January 14, 2016

frosted lake

frozen rose petals
ephemeral perfection
limp in the sun

etched in white
each tree in the park
winter’s enchantment

moving shadows
shapes upon the frosted glass
a siren passes

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Throw That Pebble #2 frost

A Monday Shot – Photography – January 11, 2016

Hello … here’s it’s raining as it seems to be all over the Northern Hemisphere, or at least among those whom I’m in contact with.  I went out for a walk … just near home.  I’ll go farther afield tomorrow. I was hoping to find some rose-hips for an experiment suggested to me by Joanna … a very artist lady with a fantastic sense of the aesthetic who mixes her arts … visual and Japanese poetry.

rain and snow

rain and snow

a morning walk
the icy rain penetrates
this old knapsack

© G.s.k. ‘16

rain and snow - 2

rain and snow – 2

winter is calling
even the sparrows hear it
over their chatter

© G.s.k. ‘16

And now, I’m off to make some curry flavoured dried apples … see you later.  Bastet

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 11, 2016

Persimmon Dawn

misty fields
in uncertain light
a bare tree stands

[through the fog]
sparrows and persimmons
meet in the first light

mixed with snowflakes
so pale and enchanting
silver light

in the icy mist
the voyager departed
into first light
the trains crossed clacking loudly
leaving deafening silence

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem #894 First Light

Here are a few of the examples which Jane gives for first light:

first light
nudging frozen clouds
snow flakes

milky dawn
the world without color
takes form

spots of blue
varying the light to fit
tracks in the snow

© Jane Reichhold

and by Chèvrefeuille:

winter morning
the fragile light of the sun
reflects in the snow

a cold moonlit night
just the sound of fresh fallen snow –
wandering over the moors

© Chèvrefeuille