South Padre Island

South Padre Island

Monday, September 26, 2016

beach

Carpe Diem #1066 beach


sand castle dream
pounded by the rising tide
rocky beach

©  petra domina

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Orion

Carpe Diem Special #220 Orion, a haibun by Dolores Fegan our featured haiku poetess

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.

winter hunter
stalking the night sky
bow aimed high

my father
points out the night sky
my hand in his

© Dolores Fegan] ..

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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.

memories
star filled galaxies
twinkling

©  petra domina

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stars

Carpe Diem #1065 stars


There is a song about the stars at night being big and bright in the heart of Texas.  There was a time ...

oil rigs
light from above 
starry night

©  petra domina

soul bathing
in hot springs
desert stars

©  Jane Reichhold

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

waterfall

Carpe Diem #1061 waterfall


The beauty of the Athabasca River with its turquoise waters was breathtaking.  To think it started with just an icy trickle  .....

glacier
frozen in time
waterfall


©  petra domina

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

twilight

Carpe Diem #1060 twilight


twilight
creeping across the valley
on firefly wings

©  petra domina

Here are the haiku by Jane which she uses as an example for this modern kigo "twilight":

darkness slipping in
water that cannot be still
twilight

nautical twilight
the sea gives its last light
to the sky

twilight
among early stars
sea bird's cry

© Jane Reichhold


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moon

Carpe Diem #1059 Harvest Moon


peeking
through cloudy blinds
harvest moon

whispering
in the nighttime sky
moon beams

peeling
lies in a spiraled heap
big moon smiling

©  petra domina


"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 ...

harvest
the golden grain color
in the moon

the harvest moon
bringing in the pumpkins
yet on the porch

© Jane Reichhold

And than this beauty, also by Jane Reichhold, but taken from the online version of "A Dictionary of Haiku" ... a real masterpiece:

turning out the light
renting the room to the moon
for a night

© Jane Reichhold

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Monday, September 19, 2016

autumn

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.
fields
filled with colorful warriors
falling leaves

©  petra domina

For full inspiration post click here.

"We are encountering autumn in a few days (or spring if you live on the Southern hemisphere) and in these haiku by Dolores I really sense the beauty of departure, letting go, release ....:

colorful mushrooms
within the decaying tree
new life from old

leaves and clouds
race the setting sun
across the lake

sounds of summer fade
crisp air echoes with crickets
and crunch of dry leaves

sunlight dances
on the back of autumn trees
leaves spiral downward

© Dolores of Ada's Poetry Alcove"

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wisdom

Carpe Diem #1058 wisdom


gracious woman
full of love and wisdom
generously shared

©  petra domina

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creek

Carpe Diem #1057 creek

Growing up on a farm has its own kind of special memories:  star filled skies, mud pies, rotten eggs being dropped from the barn loft and ...

evening sounds
cows saunter single file 
by the creek

©  petra domina

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dew

Carpe Diem #1056 dew


barefoot
walking along the path
awash in dew

©  petra domina

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coolness

Carpe Diem #1055 coolness


summer outing
sitting in the old oaken shade
coolness enfolds

©  petra domina

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Friday, September 16, 2016

summer solstice

Carpe Diem #1054 Summer Solstice


the day
cut in half
unequally

pendulum swings
ying and yang
splitting time

night
too short
for sleep

silent wings
in the nighttime forest
shortened hunt

©  petra domina

Today our prompt is Summer Solstice and these are the haiku Jane Reichhold used as an example in her saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku", in which she introduced modern kigo (or seasonwords):

midsummer madness
tempered by the knowledge
each day is shorter

solstice splits
between the peach halves
a red stone sun

summer solstice
the gypsy wagon bright
with music

© Jane Reichhold


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

prayers

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #91 Ese's Voice, our "runner-up" of the "prayers" kukai

Partial inspiration post from Chèvrefeuille:

silent steps -
one more candle illuminates
the old chapel

© Ese

Ese is a long time participant in Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and in an earlier kukai she was the winner and became the featured haiku poetess of November 2015. ......

Ese is a very gifted haiku poetess and she publishes mostly on Twitter and Tumblr. And she created really wonderful haiku:

how softly it brushes
against the bare backs of mountains
a wandering cloud

© Ese

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happiness

Carpe Diem #1052 Happiness

Inspiration post from Chèvrefeuille:

same style
the blue dress worn more
than the black

summer fresh
my hair washed
in sunshine

© Jane Reichhold

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".

on the wings of birds
the faint reflection of the sunset -
the sound of the wind

shadows on the wall
one single candle shines its light
towards the world

after the rainstorm
I sit down on the porch
smelling the fresh air

© Chèvrefeuille

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worship

Carpe Diem #1053 worship

Inspiration post from Chèvrefeuille:

"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:"

in the beginning
all spirit - all holy
a world boat

to a beach of stones
we carry a boat of blossom
afloat of prayers

the ship
of ancestor offerings
ready to sail

© Jane Reichhold

flowing river
goose trumpets in bliss
spirits move within

©  petra domina

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waxing

Carpe Diem #1051 Calm

Inspiration post from Chèvrefeuille:

"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:"

a certain calm
in summer's passing
flowers

flat seas
with the butterfly's flight
a certain calm

the hour silent
before the birds awake
waves on sand

© Jane Reichhold


waxing gibbous moon
rising above the treetops
growing calm

©  petra domina

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Monday, September 12, 2016

kigo

Carpe Diem #1049 Fish and frogs


Chèvrefeuille's prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
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:
heron silence
landing in the middle
of frog silence

silence
larger on the lily pad
a frog

delicate pastels
in the pain of a pinch
from a crab

new moons
at the edge of the pond
fish milt

© Jane Reichhold


rainbow
in the river
a trout

©  petra domina

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blossom

Carpe Diem #1050 blossoms

Our host's Prompt:
"...... 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
silence
in the blind wind's dance
blossoms
moonlight
among blossoming trees
a white parasol
silence
the blossoms
dance
© Jane Reichhold
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......."

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When I read words like the 'greatest modern poetess' i feel ill equipped to even attempt a haiku in response to the beauty.  

toddler 
reaching for a blossom
stumbles

©  petra domina

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Carpe Diem Special #218 Dolores' 2nd "dreaming of spring"

autumn
flowers drop their petals
summer gone
they sleep in cold earth
dreaming of spring

© Dolores

a last leaf
fights with the fall storm
its color fades
struggling against the wind
it surrenders

© Chèvrefeuille


autumn skies
filled with angles and angles
of geese
a single feather drifts down
landing in a pile of leaves

©  petra domina

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Friday, September 9, 2016

spring riddles


Chèvrefeuille's prompt post:
["Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

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. ....

A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
But no, a butterfly. 

© Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) (Tr. Steven D. Carter)

It's very obvious where the "riddle" is in this one. ....... Here is an example of this "riddle" in a haiku by Jane:
where do they go?
these flowers on a path
by summer's passing

© Jane Reichhold
Here are three nice haiku created by Jane for this modern kigo to inspire you:

dried up
puddles covered with pollen
moiré shapes of shores

in puddles
the pattern of raindrops
dyes the hills green

spring sky
snow-melt puddles filling
to the brim
© Jane Reichhold

I couldn't come up with a new haiku so I dived into my archives and found the following haiku to go with this prompt:
broken sunflower
torn apart through a rain storm -
puddles on the path

© Chèvrefeuille"]

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captured!
on the surface of the puddle
reflections

©  petra domina