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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Karumi (Lightness)


Sakura (woodblock) also karumi
feeling alone
lost in the woods around Edo –
just the autumn wind


© Yozakura

"Karumi is lightness, simplicity, becoming one with the experience you have on that moment when you are composing your haiku" is the host, Kristjaan Paneman, summation of the technique.

just one leaf
struggles with the wind
like Basho

© Chèvrefeuille 

"Haiku is not only a wonderful poem ... it's a life-style."© Chèvrefeuille

Stand in the grass or the snow or even in you bedroom.  Plant your feet firmly. Wrinkles or other imperfections no longer matter as they are now your bark.  Lift your arms from the trunk and reach, reach, reach for the sun.  Seek that energy that warmth which only sunshine can provide.

The earth is becoming warmer and now you feel the slow movement in your roots.  The gentle flow of nutrients in the sweet, sticky sap.  The sap moves upward through your entire being.  The tips of your branches are swelling.  Suddenly you are no longer bare, swollen branches but a majestic, leafy giant.  You are the tree.  The tree is you.

©  Janice Adcock

dove's feather -
whirled by the gusty wind
wobbly cartwheels

©  Janice Adcock



Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI




Monday, February 23, 2015

28 Things

This week for the Spin Cycle, list 28 things. What things? That’s for you to decide. 28 random facts about yourself. 28 of your favorite movies. Your 28 favorite pins from Pinterest, or 28 fantastic photos that you took yourself. 28 wonderful quotes.  These are a few of my favorite things, one for each day of the month of February.

  1. Making my husband smile.
  2. Sharing time with my son.
  3. Watching my grandsons do something they are enjoying
  4. Talking/texting with my sisters.
  5. Banana anything.
  6. Giving a gift that makes the receiver smile.
  7. Writing.
  8. Sharing funny stories.
  9. Making people think.
  10. Getting something at a great price.
  11. Comfortable shoes.
  12. A room filled with the aroma of fresh flowers.
  13. Visiting photo blogs.
  14. Improving a skill.
  15. Butter pecan ice cream eaten out of the container.
  16. Not having an anger issue anymore.
  17. Living small.
  18. Planning a vacation.
  19. Sharing time with good friends.
  20. Playing Mexican Train dominoes.
  21. Electric candles that flicker.
  22. Cereal for breakfast.
  23. Blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup.
  24. Birdwatching.
  25. Photography
  26. Coffee House channel on Sirius Radio.
  27. WWII stories told by the veterans.
  28. Chocolate, of course.
What are your 28?  Write 'em up, spin 'em up and share them with the folks at The Spin Cycle.

Thanks to The Spin Cycle Host Ginny Marie



Channel

Carpe Diem #674, Channel


It is a Monday morning in late February.  In the normally warm areas of the USA, ice is making an ugly mess of things.  There are even small icicles hanging from the patio railing.  But for now let us turn to today's prompt, channel.  The underlying theme this month is impressionism.  Click here to read the challenge and other poets' responses.
Credits: Expectation - (c) Sapozhnikova Svetlana

the sky colors
in the most bright blue and pink
a new day rises

a new day rises
above the Venice channels
fading carnival sounds

fading carnival sounds
even the sun and clouds
are crying


(c) Chèvrefeuille



Channels in the sense of oceans, rivers and lakes are not something within my daily life.  The family farmed land where creeks were little more than very deep ditches that were dry except during rainy seasons.  These were called branches as in a branch of Honey Creek or East Fork.  The larger creeks usually had at least some flow even during the dry part of the year.  These days most of the branches have disappeared beneath concrete drains.  No trees for shade.  No fine silt for making excellent mud pies.  Just hard, unforgiving concrete used by skateboarders and roller bladders.

channel surfing
click, no, click. no
cooks, nature or crime

©  Janice Adcock
Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

Rice Blossoms

Carpe Diem Little Creatures #18, Issa's "rice blossoms"


Credits: Rice Blossoms
To fully appreciate any of these posts you can see all the background by clicking here or on the sub-title.  The following is but a sample.  And then on the host page there are so many poets with their wonderful takes on the inspiration.

The master's work:
tombô mo ogamu te tsuki ya ine no hana 

the dragonfly too
folds hands in prayer...
rice blossoms


(c) Kobayashi Issa
In doing some research on the rice blossom challenge I came across another blog that was about a family and their small rice farm.  After reading posts from that blog here is my novice contribution:

https://louisianariceinsects.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/rice-evapotranspiration.jpg


jasmine rice blooms
dragonfly sips dew drops
green perfumed air

lacewing aphid war erupts
among gleaming golden heads


©  Janice Adcock



Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

Rehersal

Carpe Diem #673, Rehearsal


Inspirations and full post here:

Credits: Dance Rehearsal in the Studio of the Opera
ballet dancers
ghostly images covered in smoke
modern swan lake


(c) Chèvrefeuille

Or this one ... more like an "impression" of the scene on the painting:

dark theater
in the dim light of the full moon
end of life dancers


(c) Chèvrefeuille




My contributions:

again and again
all about the technique
rehearse!

rehearse the walk
dad's little girl stumbles
bridal tears

©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

Sunday, February 22, 2015

First Kiss

Carpe Diem Time Glass #22, first kiss



silky soft skin
eyes squinted from the harsh light
love's warmth

©  Janice Adcock




hot summer sun
the first breathless caress melts
inhibitions

©  Janice Adcock


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bare Branches Touch

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #74, Jackie Le Poidevin's "Bare Branches Touch"


©  Janice Adcock
Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk,
Fingers entwined.
 


© Jackie Le Poidevin 

A nice and very romantic scene with a great comparison (bare branches touch/fingers entwined) in it. Really a nice haiku to start our Tan Renga with. The goal is to write the second stanza of two lines (7-7 syllables) to complete or continue the scene started in the haiku (or the first stanza).

Here is my (our host's) attempt to make this Tan Renga complete:

Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk,
Fingers entwined.
  
                                 (Jackie Le Poidevin)

no empty nest feelings finally

together again just the two of us                  (Chèvrefeuille)


Let me see how the muses lead me on this

Bare branches touch
Over the lane where we walk,
Fingers entwined.              (Jackie Le Poidevin)

upturned collars add warmth as
fiddleheads ache to unfurl     (©  Janice Adcock)


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI