Japanese Garden #haiku

This week Kristjaan has a very nice special feature called “Carpe Diem’s Japanese Garden”. This feature goes back to the roots of haiku and challenges us to go back to basics:
 
1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. A moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
3. A kigo
4. A deeper, spiritual meaning
5. And last, but not least, it must have a nature image

yellow fall remnant

sun plays with light, day begins

butterfly surprise

 

Join along and try the classic expression so enjoyed the world over.

Walk in the Sand #haiku

For this week’s  Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu “back in time” episode we are prompted to write a new haiku or tanka  with the beginning lines:

“with bare feet”

And here is the haiku, inspired on a quote by Khalil Gibran, from Kristjaan:

with bare feet
dancing on Mother Earth’s grounds
wind plays with my hair

© Chèvrefeuille

sandy path 4

with bare feet

distant squeals of ocean play

mesmerised by sand

~ MDW

Too Late #tanrenga #poetry

This month at Chevrefeuille’s Haiku Kai we are challenged by the Tan Renga that short chained poem written by two poets. Here is the haiku by Buson for your inspiration to create the second stanza of this Tan Renga.

Haiga by Buson

the willow leaves fallen,

the spring gone dry,
rocks here and there

© Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

tears blot candle lit message

death comes too quick for my love

~mdw

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Repentant Magdalene - De La Tour 1640 oil

Art by Yosa Buson and Georges de la Tour

Spring Showers #tanrenga #photography

 

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

 

pink face welcomes sunny days

tears of heaven, silvery jewels

© mdw 2016

azalea in a drop

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

rusty pail slips from my hands

 listen for the endless bottom

(ok I had to do something fun)

milk pail

The Tan Renga takes the verse of another (in this case Chiyo-Ni) as inspiration. The poet then adds two lines (7-7) to create a link between the two poets.

Chevrefeuilles Haiku Kai (hosted by Kristjaan Panneman) has prompted another  wonderful challenge for spring.