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Carpe Diem Special #37, the second haiku by Richard Wright “in the falling snow”

photo from prompt


My response to the prompt:


snow falling

dancing in snowflakes
child-like joy


Unexpected and rare event
in Japan where we lived.
Unexpected accummulation
where snowfall usually melts
as fast as it falls.
In Wisconsin, USA, the snow
fall is an expected event and
much heavier.
Childish joy in the discovery
is a fond memory of my time
living in Minami Rinkan near
Tokyo in view of Mt Fuji.
My son had just been born
a few days before…
a neighbor cared for him as 
I delighted in the large wet snow
falling and covering the yard.


The Prompt:

Than I have here our Carpe Diem Special, a haiku by our featured haiku-poet, Richard Wright (1908-1960) … he was a forefighter of the Black Americans and in his last years he discovered haiku. He wrote a lot of haiku (more than 4000) and compiled an anthology of his own work with 880 haiku. He is really a great haiku-poet and I am loving his work very much. So let us go on to another wonderful haiku written by him. I have tried to use a haiku which is close to the GW-post earlier in this post. I think I have found a nice one to share here for your inspiration.

In the falling snow
A laughing boy holds out his palms
Until they are white.

© Richard Wright

The goal of the Carpe Diem Special is to write a haiku inspired on the given haiku by the featured haiku poet and try to touch the same sense, tone and spirit.


Here is my ( attempt:

through the early night
the laugh of children playing -
virgin snow

© Chèvrefeuille


Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #37, Georgia on Frost

. free image


My response to the prompt:


snow forts

dug in feet of snow

child’s delight
watching flakes come down
falling snow magical 



Note:  A childhood memory
from growing up in Northern Wisconsin, USA.
When you are little the snow seems like mountains
… too young to shovel sidewalks but old enough
to dig a snow fort !
The Ghost Writer post which is provided by Georgia of Bastet’s Waka Library
She has written a nice GW-post (#37) about Robert Frost.
She writes:

Winter is upon us and there’s no doubt about it.

The other evening I was sitting by the fireplace reading Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets.  Unlike most of Frost’s poems his poem Dust of Snow has an essential quality about it that reminds me of a haiku.
We tend to think of Frost as always having written longish poems, but in fact he was very proud of his small compact poems. His Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry, published in 1923 entitled “New Hampshire” contains many of his short poems for example, “Fire and Ice” or “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and “Dust of Snow” which is his shortest poem … One sentence in eight lines (two stanza), all but two are monosyllabic and yes … that means 17 syllables per stanza, a coincidence or had Frost come into contact with haiku at that early date?

Contemplating this poem, we see that a lot of its effect is derived from paradoxes … dust being related usually to something dirty, the fact that he was in a bad mood before the crow dumped snow down on him, which usually would put someone in a bad mood.  I’m thinking that like a haiku, reading this poem can give us many layers of meanings outside of the 32 words.

I would invite you to read Robert Frost’s Poem and write about a similar incident using either a haiku or a tanka.

Dust of Snow

Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963


The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock tree


Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.




It’s a wonderful post, a similar with our Carpe Diem Distillation feature … so let this poem by Robert Frost inspire you to write an all new haiku (or tanka). It may be a distillation from the poem or inspired on the poem.

sudden gust of wind
snow swirls down on me
makes me shiver

© Chèvrefeuille

Hm … a nice one … brings nice memories into my mind … my happy childhood. I see that same happiness in the eyes of my children and grandchildren … awesome.


Carpe Diem #622, Solitude (Kodoku)



Solitude … my response


comfort of silence

. doe with fawn out back

. revelations dawn


I was unable to post yesterday

due to putting my laptop in the shop

I had written for the prompt

Carpe Diem #621, first light


dawn’s first rays

mountain top coast of Maine

smoke from wood stoves



From the prompt Solitude:

“….the prompt for today, solitude, another wonderful modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold’s “A Dictionary of Haiku”. Solitude …. loneliness, emptiness, isolation or silence, all synonyms for solitude. I (Chèvrefeuille) think I can write a nice haiku with this prompt, but let me first look at the examples of Jane Reichhold.
the shape of wind
writing in dunes

alone in the house
the flavor of peppermint
cold on the tongue

a journey begins
the way familiar
to the door


frozen to his feet
the length of a shadow
wanting to sleep
© Jane Reichhold
 our host writes:
the vastness of the heath
just the sound of fresh fallen snow
a cold moonlit night
© Chèvrefeuille
That wasn’t easy. As I started to ‘connect’ with solitude the first thing I felt was the loneliness of a field of heath in the middle of winter. Wandering in the moonlit night …. the freezing cold, the soft cracking of snow. I just had to catch that feeling in a haiku …
Here is another version:
a cold moonlit night
just the sound of fresh fallen snow -
wandering over the moors
© Chèvrefeuille

Seize the poem prompt: inner space


twists ~ turns
tossing ~ turning thoughts
crows shiny objects
creamy white on blue skies
peace dwells within
prompt: inner space
photo (c) 2014 Kerry R. White
Topeka Kansas, USA
Out Of The AC: part 5
with permission


Seize the Poem prompt: Black Friday

.(c )2012 Saradunn



long want list

mad dash for best deal
black iris mayhem
prompt:Black Friday by Pat Geyer
photo below (c)  Pat Geyer haiga

Caroline Skanne Poems ~ Seize the Poem prompt: (howling / echoes / footprint)


photo (c) 2014 Saradunn


prompt (howling / echoes / footprint)

your kindness
when leaving Maine 
for Arizona in the winter
so far from home
at midnight
of the full moon
I’ll howl
knowing you
are doing the same
~ echoes
each full moon
now that you are gone
your having left footprints
on my soul and heart

Caroline Skanne Poems ~ Seize the Poem
thanks to wonderful poet Li Petersson
for today’s inspiration! just beautiful… enjoy everyone x
photo and poem below (c) poet Li Petersson

NaHaiWriMo prompt: keen – Operating Room Nurse Day: Another occupation we should salute





keen eyes ~ mind
knows doc’s work as well as they
firm moves with gloved hands.



keen -/- Operating Room Nurse Day:

Another occupation we should salute


 Keen:  having or showing an ability to think clearly

and to understand what is not obvious or simple about 


: very strong and sensitive : highly developed

: very excited about and interested in something



November is “K” or perhaps “k” and “kn.”
We have some of each for your haiku enjoyment. 
This month, each word is tied to a holiday – real or made up – 
Thanksgiving or “Sinkie.” 
Sometimes, the connection is obvious – 
kneel for All Saints Day; and often not – 
well, you will see. 
Your haiku might explore the word, a variation of it, 
the holiday, 
or if you are really ambitious marry word and holiday in the same poem. 
Enjoy and celebrate the imagination of wordsmiths and poets. 

(Thanks to Sigrid Saradunn for her help compiling the list.)


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