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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 


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