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:

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”:

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:

Abhra is our host today over at dVerse Poets for Open Link Night.  Link up any poem of your choosing:

Presentation for dVerse Poets: Japanese Death Poems

Today I’m presenting Japanese Death Poems at dVerse Poets for Meeting the Bar, please join us:

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

Haiku–An Acrostic

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

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:

Times Forgotten

Ancient artifacts

wear prehistoric imprints

from times forgotten.

Prehistoric ceramic artifact from China.


Drifting manatee

lounging on the riverbed–

safe from propellers.

I’ve been fortunate to see these wonderful animals many times.  They congregate at Blue Springs State Park and other spring-fed rivers when the weather turns cold and stay in the even temperature of 72 degrees spring water.  They are fascinating and beautiful, gentle animals and very curious toward people.  Their numbers are decreasing every year, however,  mostly due to propellers of boats operating through manatee communities.   They are an endangered species and protected by the state.  Researchers believe there are only 2,000 – 3,ooo left in Florida.  The Florida population is known as the West Indian Manatee out of the three types worldwide.  I love to visit them whenever I get the chance.


Rainy Bus Ride

Colorless cold rain

melding with the gray sidewalk

misery to love.

Dirt Path

Fallen Leaves On A Dirt Path

Image by Carey 1964 via Flickr

Winding dirt path seeks

curiosity lover

to accompany.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice sunset_S02049

Image by Ennor via Flickr

The winter solstice

arrives bringing shortened days–

time for reflection.

Orange Blossoms

Orange blossom and oranges. Taken by Ellen Lev...

Image via Wikipedia

Orange blossom’s fragrance

attracts the hovering bees–

hands pluck ripened fruit.


When I was a child and the orange groves were plentiful here in Central Florida, the fragrance of the orange blossoms nearby was exquisite.

Gratitude Goes On

Today is Friday

Thanksgiving has come and gone

Gratitude goes on…



Image by dModer101 via Flickr

Inhibition hides

me inside; embarrassment

brings my reticence.


Northern Cardinal - bird (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Image via Wikipedia

Bright red cardinal

visiting the backyard seed

bringing joy to see.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill - Myakka River State Park.

Image via Wikipedia

Roseate Spoonbill

wading through the shallow marsh–

SNAP!– a morsel found.

Spiritual Monument

The Great Stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center, ...

Image via Wikipedia

Stupa rises up–

a monument to Buddha,

liberation comes.

Pooling Polliwogs

Spring Peeper tadpoles, about 4-5 weeks old an...

Image via Wikipedia

Pooling polliwogs,

amphibians growing limbs–

new forms are taken.

Tiny Weed

Weed flower 012

Image by Dry red clay via Flickr

Lowly, tiny weed

possesses orchid beauty

with humility.

Courtyard Wall

Peacock Tail, Long View (1 of 4)

Image by Tony the Misfit via Flickr

Peacock’s tail lightly

brushes the tall courtyard wall–

disturbing ants’ march.

Twigs Floating


Image via Wikipedia

Crystal clear, cold stream

trickling through my fingers–

twigs floating beyond.


"Ai," the traditional Chinese charac...

Image via Wikipedia

Lovers intertwined–

disentangling their hands,

beginning to part.


This is the Chinese character for love.


Adult Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)  in Morro Bay, CA

Image by mikebaird via Flickr

Otter, back-floating

drifting along sunbathing–

flips and disappears.


Hummingbird (Species ID Needed)

Image by TexasEagle via Flickr

Hummingbird pauses–

red penta offers nectar


Hiking Stick

Hiking Stick?

Image by Phil Romans via Flickr



Hiking stick waiting

for yearning to climb higher–

offering support.






This was inspired by my friend, Soulbro, who loves to hike the mountains.

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