Carpe Diem Haiku Kai; Combining animals with seasons

Old bamboo thicket
Red-Crowned Crane selects a mate
Blustering wind sighs

Linking this to Chevrefeuille’s prompt to write a haiku combining a season with an animal:  http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2016/01/carpe-diem-tokubetsudesu-65-combining.html

Carpe Diem #894 First Light

winter’s deepest night
first light glints off crystalline
hanging amulets

I’m linking this to Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem # 894 where we’re asked to write on the kigo of winter’s “first light”:  http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2016/01/carpe-diem-894-first-light.html

Star Light, Star Bright; dVerse Poetics, a series of Haiku

withered tea flowers
beneath showering starlight
cast shadows on stones
 
countless points of light
pierces the heavenly realm
pine cricket pauses
 
deep atrous heaven
pearls glow against your vastness
dawning Christmas day
 
orbs of falling stars
criss-crossing the planet’s sky
blazing their glory
 
winter’s crescent moon
surrounded by brilliant stars
north wind spins the earth
 
mountainous peaks
stretch craggy arms toward stars
first snow starts to gust

river of heaven
swirling patterns of starlight
celestial stage

As we celebrate a time of light and festivities of the season, Toni asks us to write a poem on stars over at dVerse:  http://dversepoets.com/2015/12/15/tonis-title-pending/

Komachi Balloons

Komachi Balloon Flowers; Bing Images Public Domain

Komachi Balloon Flowers; Bing Images Public Domain

Komachi balloon
blue umbrellas clutch secrets
hummingbird hovers

 
Komachi balloon
puffs of blue delight expand
pealing bells open
 
Blue umbrellas clutch secrets
hushed whispers quiet
autumn’s frost brings sleep
 
Hummingbird hovers
Komachi nectar sustains
red poppy beckons

I was inspired to try a new poetry form called Troiku that Viv had written this past week.  It was invented by Chèvrefeuille, a Dutch  haiku poet and leader of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai group, aka Kristjaan Panneman.  I didn’t quite use the advised format but will work on that.  Here is a link to his very interesting site and where he explains his new form:  http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/p/troiku-new-form-of-haiku.html

Abhra is our host today over at dVerse Poets for Open Link Night.  Link up any poem of your choosing:  http://dversepoets.com/2015/11/12/openlinknight-160/#comment-103056

Presentation for dVerse Poets: Japanese Death Poems

Today I’m presenting Japanese Death Poems at dVerse Poets for Meeting the Bar, please join us:  http://dversepoets.com/2015/09/24/jisei-japanese-death-poems/

Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho

 

Basho's death poem

Wikipedia:  Matsuo Bashō, 1644-1694, was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku.

 

Clouds silhouetted
against setting sun’s waning
winter’s sleep is near
*
Singing temple bell
encircles the valley’s pond
resting place awaits
*
No need for despair
this shell has aged and withered
morning breaks again
celebrate my renewal
freedom is mine, farewell all!
*
Howling, sickly wolf
moonless path ends abruptly
heart heavy, cries die
*
I had a nice drive
the journey was full and wide
the outing complete
*
Cherry blossoms drift
on the breeze scattering far
and near, I gather
memories to take with me,
hands grasp only emptiness
*
Wide awake I’ve been
for what seems like just a blink
slumber beckons now
*
Long, drawn-out journey
sharp mind in a withered shell
window framed my world
slowly now, life is ebbing
my path worn down by my dreams
*
Coming and going
are inconsequential and
meaningless yet we
celebrate the one and mourn
the other, pure balderdash!
*
Mountain’s pinnacle
will soon be summitted, the
loon’s call through the mist
guides me to the unseen peak,
only a few more paces

Temple Bell

Mountain temple bell
Gong echoes down the valley
Snow leopard’s ears twitch

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Haiku–An Acrostic

Hear nature’s essence
And laud succinctly.
Intrinsically…
Kudos, clarity,
Unite syllables.

Fate

unavoidable
hatchlings left unattended
empty nest syndrome

∞ 

spring budding appears
years follow years…destiny
decrees renewal

∞ 

vulnerable snake
molting skin leaves him exposed
hawk hovers, then swoops

∞ 

withering decline
weak, slow, soft, decaying breath
death gently enters

An entry for Haiku Heights where the prompt is FATE:  http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/

A Walk in Haiku

The harsh, chilling freeze
Slowly warms into the spring’s
First hint of dewdrops
Left unfrozen upon the
Daffodil, poppy and rose.     (Tanka)  

Peacock’s tail lightly
brushes the tall courtyard wall–
disturbing ants’ march

Photo Credit:  Public Domain Google Images

tranquil, green anole
basks on warm, idle footpath
errant fly, no more

Cool, clear, trickling
rivulet, winds through forest
sun warms sloping bank

Leaves rustle gently
as the trumpeting swan glides
by–without a sound

Old bamboo thicket
Red-Crowned Crane selects a mate
Blustering wind sighs

Reflection of moon
Shallow rainwater vision
Mirrored at my feet

Photo Credit:  Public Domain Google Images

Welcoming ancient gate
Home, repast, sanctuary
Owl begins his night

dVerse Poets; Form For All–Writing Visual:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/02/23/formforall-writing-visual/


In My Dream

In my dream, I run
Ghostly visions of past lives
Overtake my mind

Wind

Wind rises in gusts
Melody clatters bamboo
Clouds race across moon

My entry for dVerse Poets Open Link Night: http://dversepoets.com/2012/01/24/open-link-night-week-28/

Crane and Plum

white-hot summer sun
crane seeks shelter in plum tree
still lake reflects sky

The Purple Treehouse form:  Haiku http://purpletreehouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/poetic-forms-classic-haiku.html

Twilight

Heron

 

 

heron’s silhouette

distant elusive shadow;

twilight casts her veil

 

 

 

Entry for dVerse Poets FormForAll–Haiku and Senryu:  http://dversepoets.com/2011/10/06/formforall-haiku-and-senryu/

Only Memories…

Matane cemetery

Never to rejoin

In this earthly realm again

Only memories…


Moon Vision

Reflection of moon

Shallow rainwater vision

Mirrored at my feet

Stone Lantern

Tree cricket chirring
Sings out into the moonlight
Stone lantern flickers

Entering this prior posting of haiku form for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads:  http://www.withrealtoads.blogspot.com/

Oasis

rolling hills of grass

sky and horizon meet green

oasis of trees

Wood Stork

long, gloomy daydream

moody, morning reverie–

wood stork’s expression

These are common here in Florida.  They are very somber birds with a seeming sad expression.

Spanish Bayonet

Spanish bayonet

Landscape pierced by spiking spears

Guards itself while still 

a clump of Spanish bayonet yuccas

These plants are common here in Florida.  They have very sharp spikes–thus the name.

Kinsmet

Here’s a pwoemrd.  A one word poem made by putting two or more words together to form a new word and meaning.  Sometimes visuals are added.  http://www.napowrimo.net/

I came up with “kinsmet” and a haiku to better illustrate my meaning.

Separated siblings

Long lost brothers reconnect

Kinsmet–fate, kismet.

Ghost Orchid

Rare Ghost Orchid in the Everglades (May 31, 2008)

Image by Sassholes via Flickr

Elusive and rare

Enchanting ghostly orchid

Florida’s secret

 

These rare orchids are found only in Florida and Cuba.  They are found in the sub-tropical swamps of South Florida and most locations are kept secret.  Their true name is Ghost Orchid.

Tracks

Railroad tracks through town

Passes on for miles untold

Going, going–gone…


Day Twenty-eight of Haiku Challenge:  http://pendownmythought.blogspot.com/

And the end of the track for our Haiku Challenge.  Many thanks to Someone is Special.

Without Beginning

without beginning

and no ending within sight

timelessness prevails

Day Twenty-seven of Haiku Challenge:  http://pendownmythought.blogspot.com/

In My Dreams…

In my dreams, I fly

heavenward to touch a star

boundless joy is mine.

Day Twenty-six of Haiku Challenge: http://pendownmythought.blogspot.com/

Smoky Haze

blue-gray smoky haze

veils the city of angels

tearful angels choke


Day Twenty-five of Haiku Challenge:

http://pendownmythought.blogspot.com/

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