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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Humor in Haiku

Björn Rudberg on "Haiku and Humor"

Humor in Haiku and renga is today's GW challenge.

We have had even classic example previously here, consider for example this one by Issa:

spring peace -
a mountain monk peeks
through the hedge

So today I (Chèvrefeuille) want you to either, write a classic haiku with humor embedded, or take a classic haiku (maybe from our earlier challenges), and to a tan renku, where your second stanza create an effect of humor through coarseness and disrespect. 

Do not be afraid, this is a day to be merry.

©  Janice Adcock

old monk naps by pond
fresh recruits cannot resist
loud noise monk falls in

grasshopper should show respect
help me out the old monk cries

young monks grasp old hands
fast tug finds three very wet
good humor monks friend

©  Janice Adcock

©  Janice Adcock

meditation view
Budda sits with rock in hand
rat stops to chat

conversation is not shared
crazed person plays whack a rat

        : D                   ( < ;

©  Janice Adcock
Carpe Diem's "Remember This Music?" #1
"Take this Waltz" by Leonard Cohen

The unbelievably creative blog host, Chèvrefeuille, has come up with another approach for inspiring us to write.  "Today I will introduce to you an all new feature and I have called it "Carpe Diem, Remember This Music?" And as the title already said this new feature is all about memories of music."

After listening to Leonard Cohen's "Take This Waltz our host wrote the following:

 the last waltz -
I saw her again after a while
my first love

her blond hair waves in the wind
looks like golden sunlight

in the first daylight
as I awake next to her
she looks so beautiful

"take this waltz", she whispers in my ear
and cuddles her naked body to mine

© Chèvrefeuille

I read the other participants entries.  I have been sitting and thinking about songs that brought images, emotions, anything to me.  I. am. drawing. a. big. blank.......  Then I cruised the net much as I did the strip in McKinney back in the late 50's and into the mid 1960's.  The age of rock and roll shared with older sisters, cousins and friends.  I was only 19 in 1966 when I began dating my husband of 47 years.  One song just does not do.  So I compose as I listen to everything from Fat's Domino to The Platters, The Beatles to The Mamas and The Papas.  Throw in some Chicago and BeeGees and then there is a feeling.

Imagine Doo Wop

love in every beat
teen hearts full of youthful love
sparkling idols

running to retrieve lost rings
waves washing away love notes

brassy sax sounds
piano pounding singers
bobby sock dancers

free love in communal fields
helicopter rhythmic beats

©  Janice Adcock

handsome man at door
first glimpse of future as one
floating on orange waves

slightly shy eyes at six feet
tender heart ready for love

young body afire
gentle hands exploring -
rhythmic crescendos

fixed gazes in dim doorway
could this really be the one

©  Janice Adcock 

Monday, September 15, 2014

budda and light


It's Monday again and so it's time for a new "Time Glass" episode, in which the goal is to write a haiku inspired on a photo and a given prompt within 12 hours.  
The photo is Budda and the given prompt is 'Beams of Light".

© Chèvrefeuille, your host

a beam of light
falls across timeless face -

©  Janice Adcock

One Candle

Words said by Francis of Assisi

Chèvrefeuille gives us this challenge:  
Today we have our second quote by Francis of Assisi for your inspiration. Here it is:

[...] "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” [...]

A modern translation of a haiqu from Buson:

the light of a candle
is transferred to another candle—
spring twilight

© Yosa Buson

One Candle

heartless evil kills
hiding beneath darkness mask
candle hope must shine

©  Janice Adcock

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

liquid minerals
soothing warmth envelopes
pain flows away

private areas
exposed only for pilgrims
shhhh, must not tell

geothermal vents
gargling day in day out
breath smells of sulfur

welcomed by joints
generously anointed
blessings from hot springs

©  Janice Adcock

Saturday, September 13, 2014

morning dew

Morning dew

the universe
held in dewy droplets
thirst quenched

©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Gemma & Magical Mystical Teacher
for hosting Macro Monday 2

Thanks to Laura for hosting i heart macro

Shine the Divine

"A Crow Passes"

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #5, 
Kishu's "a crow passes"

This week Chèvrefeuille has chosen a haiku by a not so well known haiku-poet named Karakoromo Kishu (1743-1802).

[...] "The fall of the year is not merely the fall of the leaves but the fall of the vital powers in all natural things including man. We feel it ourselves and are thus and thus only able to see it in things outside." [...] (R.H.Blyth)

aki no kure  karasu mo nakade  tori keri

an autumn evening;
without a cry,
a crow passes

© Kishu

The goal of CD's "Sparkling Stars" is similar to our regular CD-Specials: write a haiku inspired on the given one and in the same mood, sense and spirit as that given one. So to write an all new haiku ... you need to become one with the scene and the feeling it gives you ... be part of the scene ... live the scene and become inspired.

the moon reflects in the pond
this autumn evening - deep silence
the rustling of leaves

© Chèvrefeuille

©  Janice Adcock

rooftop crows gather
silently watching her walk
only cane clicks

©  Janice Adcock

gentle rain falling
quiet drops muffling noise
icy crow stares

©  Janice Adcock