Secrets of the Sea #haiku #sailing

No one travels Along this way but I, This autumn evening. – Matsuo Bashō sepia sails  brush strokes against yesterdays alone on the sea This Utabukuro goal  from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  is to share a favorite haiku and create an all new one inspired on your favorite.

Haiku Pond #poetry

A lesson from Kristjaan at  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – writing haiku using Basho’s haiku as a template to work from. For this challenge I have chosen a haiku, you all certainly know, written by Basho (1644-1694). furu ike ya / kawazu tobi komu / mizu no oto old pond a frog jumps into the […]

Undercurrent #haiku

the rough sea flowing toward Sado Isle the River of Heaven © Basho taunted by the storm strong undertow is man’s device seeking to be free Sharing this haiku with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Painting credit: Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky ( 29 July 1817 – 2 May 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter. He is considered one of the […]

Fragile #haiku

eda moroshi   hi toshi yaburu    aki no kaze fragile twigs breaking off the scarlet papers autumn winds © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) ‘Toshi’ refers to a very fragile paper made in China. The idea of the poem was that even a fragile twig could tear the paper or the twigs were too fragile to hold […]

Since Cherry Blossoms… #haiku

Inspired by Basho: since the cherry blossoms I’ve waited three months to see the twin-trunk pine Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) memories spill over cherry blossoms line the path counting the days * cherry daydreams soft pink decorates the sky never sated Photography: Moondust Designs 2015   This episode of Carpe Diem Haiku “Since Cherry Blossoms” is a reminder […]

Blossoms from Heaven #haiku #photography

hana ni uzumorete yume yori sugu ni shinan kana covered with cherry blossoms if I could die right now in this dream of mine © Ochi Etsujin (Tr. Gabi Greve) Etsujin was a traveling companion and disciple of Basho. At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, we are celebrating (this month) the work of Basho and those […]

Memory’s Harvest #haiku

At the beginning of September I came back to my birthplace. Nothing of my mother remained. The grass in front of mother’s room had withered in the frost. Everything had changed. The hair of my brother and sisters was white and they had wrinkles between their eyebrows. We could only say, “We are fortunate to […]

Borrowing Sleep’s Step #haiku #tanrenga #photography

borrowing sleep from the scarecrow’s sleeves midnight frost © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)   sleepwalker’s nightly path no one knows where you go ~mdw     I am reminded of my son’s odd sleepwalking habits. He seemed to have a path that he always followed (it always ended on the stairs). It got longer as […]

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