Carpe Diem Special – Ese’s "inevitable"

The task, over on the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai website, and set by haiku poet Chèvrefeuille, the host of the website, is to read and take in the following haiku by Ese, and emulate its style and content, its soul, with a new haiku:


the dance of a falling leaf
with a snowflake



There are many reasons this is a beautiful haiku, and one is the interplay, while the other is very importantly the focus on detail, on tiny elements in nature. Haiku focusing on grandiose themes, or making vague philosophical statements just do not make it.


My haiku follows. Notice how I am forced to use a picture, as I have not a hope of finding Ese’s imagery with my words. Should the ant have been ‘returning’ the leaf to the tree top? I left the haiku vague, so as not to instruct any reader.



the climb of the ant

carrying small leaf



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Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment #1

Time to write haiku I think, and to share some Love. A classic custom in ancient Japan was haiku poets writing haiku for close friends or lovers. The haiku poet then sent that haiku to the recipient, who responded with a written poetry answer. The example following is by Chèvrefeuille:

haiku poet:

a lonely flower
my companion
for one night

recipient’s response:

not alone
tonight the moon is bright

Here’s Chèvrefeuille‘s haiku to answer now – followed by a haiku by myself, hoping that somewhere on a farflung corner of the planet someone will answer with a haiku of their own, or two lines.

light of the full moon
shines through colored leaves
at last … autumn

My answer to Chèvrefeuille‘s beautiful haiku, in communion with nature:

and the leaves they dance!

they twirl so in the strong winds

rushing through the trees

I hope I answered the nice scene of his haiku with a sense of fun there. Below is mine sent out, if not to anyone sleepless in Seattle, at least somewhere . for a romantic reply, perhaps…one can always dream, even sleepless!

walk with me 

under colours that change each day 

to spot the first snowflake


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Carpe Diem Troiku (reprise)

A haiku by Basho below to set off this troiku, a concept designed by Kristjaan Panneman.




butterflies and birds

how restlessly they rise up

a cloud of flowers


butterflies and birds

suddenly take to the sky

a bang and screeching metal


how restlessly they rise up

even as the car rolls

slowly to a halt


a cloud of flowers

float in a mass of bubbles

as the car sinks


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Summer Memories – A Troiku









faded memories                                                                                     
flutter unnoticed in the dark
among the fireflies 

faded memories

summer was a dream

that melted


flutter unnoticed in the dark

 almost, but not felt in passing

invisible wings


among the fireflies

the lights are dimmed

in the lengthening night




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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge . Ese’s "before the dusk"

I haiku by haiku artist Ese Klava now, to turn into a Tan Renga of 5 lines, adding 2 more lines to Ese’s haiku.


before the dusk
lingering in the cobweb
the last of the light

a sudden gust, the light scatters

tiny fading stars dotted on trees

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The Unicorn

Though not a Zodiac sign, the unicorn may well once have been, in ancient Babylonian times or before, when the Zodiac signs came into being. Astrology, like alchemy, is no longer seen as a science, perhaps somewhat rashly, as the foundation for the zodiac system is logical study of the stars as well as mysterious, and if we dwelve into past civilisations of Babylon, Persia, Sumeria, Egypt and India, we quickly notice that their societies were no less advanced than ours, their politics certainly weren’t, and their spiritual guidance neither.

So what of the zodiac system then? Well it shares the study of the sky and stars with astronomy, much as alchemy is really chemistry with elaborate hypothesis. And what of the zodiac’s signs? Oh they are real alright. But this can only be ascertained when two signs are compared, contrasted, and studied for compatibility. Only then do we see how exact, and precise they are. Test and analyse yours against your lover’s,  and you’ll soon see what I mean.

So the unicorn is not an astrological sign, at least not now, but it is there, in the sky, as Monoceros, a constellation in the shape of the mythical creature.

study of the stars

mixes past, present, myth and lore

what is real?


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