Loosing Spring #haiku #cherryblossoms

miren naku chiru mo sakura wa sakura kana without regret they fall and scatter… cherry blossoms ~ Issa   tracing pink petals night’s storm determines spring’s end I leave my heart The month’s Utabukuro (poembag) prompt by Kristjaan at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem asks us to take a favorite haiku (or tanka),  explain why you chose […]

Box of Memories #memories #haiku

flower covered box lily scented contents spill  memories inside scent of orchids– like a foreign country the sickle moon © Kobayashi Issa The prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Lily of the Valley. Something about that flower reminds me of my grandmother. Thanks to friends like Charles Martin I am inspired each day to […]

Carry On #ancestors #haiku

tama-dana ni kanarazu kaze no fuku to iu   on the ancestors’ altar without fail a lucky wind blows  © Issa Light flickers My father’s hands my son’s memory’s smile * tears cover the trail father steps into shadow son clears the path   The Carpe Diem prompt is Ancestors. Without our ancestors who / what […]

Beyond the Gate #haiku #photography

“Of all languages, Japanese is by far the richest in onomatopoeic elements, especially of the simpler variety, in which the sound of the word is directly an imitation of the thing. I had never heard of onomatopoeia until I discovered haiku in the late eighties, but I learned through the years that haiku are made, written, […]

Spring’s Shadow #haiku

nukarumi ni tsue tsuppatte hatsuhi kana planting my (walking) stick in the mud: the rise of the first sun © Issa rabbit eats grass her form in the cold forest spring’s shadow waves I saw leaves and twigs wave in the wind today that reminded me of the rabbit as she munches in the spring. […]

A New Path #Newyear #journey #poetry

Awaken to a dawning day over that hill lambs frolic and play it does not promise absence of stones there will be those times you will feel all alone while at another widening turn as you boldly trudge you honestly learn to make your way into the light suffer not of darkness’ fright for where […]

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