Surfing the internet can be such a waste of time .... Or it can be an immersion in the middle of a sea of talent. All depends on which waves one surfs. Fortunately I caught on to the wave of haiku. The waves took me to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. There I found Ada's Poetry Alcove. Such a beautiful place for poetry. The following is a portion of this post's challenge from host Chèvrefeuille.
.. [From my window far overhead and through the trees I can see the constellation Orion. It is clear enough to make out the hilt on his belt. His bow raised high in the sky. I remember my father teaching me the names of the constellations and the stars that made them up. I do not recall all the names, but am forever blessed with fond memories.
stalking the night sky
bow aimed high
Fall meant the great State Fair of Texas. Attended every year in a new dress made by Mom, this October Saturday in 1950 was no different. Auntie, Mom and she headed for the fair. She proudly walked between these two special women. Always independent she refused to keep holding their hands even in the huge crowd. The rustle of the skirts of Mom and Auntie were all she needed to be safe. Looking up to ask a question she was startled to see two unfamiliar faces. Turning in fright she sees the familiar faces of Mom and Auntie both with huge smiles. They had been watching as little miss independent strolled away from them. In old age the little girl still remembered looking up as she walked between the rustling safety of the skirts. The faces had been black instead of the familiar Irish coloring. But the skirts rustled just as safe as Mom's and Auntie's.
"With this prompt we enter the autumn section of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku" from which I have extracted all the prompts, all modern kigo (seasonwords), for this tribute month. Through the haiku she, Jane Reichhold, uses as examples for the modern kigo I hope to inspire you to create haiku or tanka to honor Jane ...
Carpe Diem Special #219 Dolores' 3rd colorful mushrooms
Football stadium lights in the distance are the sign of autumn in the southern states of the US. The further south, the bigger the stadiums. And in Texas, football is almost a religion. The belief starts in young children, boys being players and girls doing the cheering. Not much headway in the women's movement in this arena. The leaves will just drop in November with little fanfare or color. Too much competition from the football lights.
All the above haiku are taken from "A Dictionary of Haiku" a saijiki created by Jane Reichhold with modern kigo (seasonwords). These haiku are from the part of Summer Moods kigo "happiness". I hope I have inspired you ... or ... no I have to say "I hope that Jane has inspired you".
"Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we honor Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) a tribute to Jane month. Through modern kigo extracted from her "A Dictionary of Haiku" I hope to inspire you all to create a haiku or tanka to honor Jane Reichhold. Today our modern kigo is worship and Jane wrote a few wonderful examples of this modern kigo:"
"Today I have chosen another nice modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", a complete saijiki in which Jane gathered modern kigo and gave examples of all those modern kigo by creating wonderful haiku. Today I hope to inspire you with calm through the following haiku by Jane:"
As I was preparing the prompt-list for September I ran into several "strange" modern kigo in Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku" and one of those "strange" modern kigo was our prompt for today fish and frogs.
Here are a few examples for this modern kigo:
landing in the middle
of frog silence
larger on the lily pad
in the pain of a pinch
from a crab
"...... Jane Reichhold was a haiku personality. There's a lot to know about her, as well as to learn from her. On her page (AHA!POETRY!) we learn that she was born in Lima, Ohio, in 1937, and studied Art and Journalism at Bluffton College, Ohio, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA, and San Francisco State University, San Francisco. She lives now in Gualala, CA, USA.
Okay ... back to our prompt for today: Today our prompt is blossoms and Jane wrote wonderful haiku with this modern kigo for spring. Here are a few examples to inspire you:
knotted fragrance on spring bare branches blossoms
cloud blossoms brush strokes between clusters story-telling branch
All wonderful haiku in the excellent, but fragile, way of Jane's haiku writing. It's really wonderful to read her haiku (and tanka) and re-read them. She was really the greatest modern haiku poetess......."
When I read words like the 'greatest modern poetess' i feel ill equipped to even attempt a haiku in response to the beauty.
First this as I was starting to create this episode and looked back in my first concept of the promptlist I saw that I mistyped in the definitive prompt-list, because the prompt wasn't "riddles", but had to be "puddles" ... so my excuses for that. In this episode I will however use both prompts. ....