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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 2 “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy”


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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 2

Here’s an exercise for you. Go to one of your favorite movie scenes or music video (I tend to think the ones with no dialogue are better for this), captions off and mute. What do you feel? What can you write? Do you put words in their mouth? Is that laughter or something else?…. Morgan Dragonwillow


impression on “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy”


sailors with spit shines
well shined shoes a must
no scuffs ~ in bad taste
shoe shine boys rhythm
~ shine rag a poppin’

………….(c)Saradunn Oct 1, 2015


also posted on

TPOS prompt: shoes


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 1… clouds


.photo (c) 2012 Saradunn


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 1… clouds


seek hope
it is everywhere
look to the skies
an angel may be
whispering your name

………….(c) 2015 Saradunn



Carpe Diem Time Glass #33 The Wall Berlin

Photo from prompt.


My Response to the Prompt


man’s will to survive
strong at the broken places
man made walls crumble




I was a senior in High School when the Berlin Wall went up.

It was for me unimaginable to think what it would be like and

of being behind a wall I could see where I want to be

and not being able to get across it in any way.  You can’t get ther

from here.  

The heart break and suffering of those left behind …

trying to put my self in that place.  And wonder if I, myself,

would be strong at the broken places of my heart and soul





The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our time challenging feature for this Sunday, June 28th, Time Glass, is The Wall Berlin. Why? My youngest son was at Berlin this weekend, because a friend of him has his bachelor-party there. They had fun and unknowingly he (and his friends) brought me this Time Glass prompt. You have just 24 hours to respond on the prompt given, The Wall Berlin, and the given photo with a haiku. Have fun!

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Carpe Diem #762 lagoon


photo (c) 2014 Saradunn


My Response to the Prompt


lilies greet the sun
blue heron watches
secluded lagoon




The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I started to prepare this new episode, lagoon,

the first thing which came in mind was the motion picture “The Blue Lagoon”,

with Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins in 1980.

I remember that there was a lot to do around this motion picture,

because of the nudity scenes in this movie.

As a teenager, in 1980 I was 17 yrs,

I remember that I was excited,

because nudity in such an American movie wasn’t done until than.


Our prompt for today is lagoon

and here are a few haiku which Jane has used

in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”.

at the edge of the lagoon
the wind stops

the name makes kayaks wiggle
with laughter

© Jane Reichhold

Not a long episode this time and also no haiku by my self …

lack of time and inspiration …

I hope this episode will inspire you however.

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Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #49 at the seashore (Vision Quest reprise)


My Response to Prompts

beach breezes
waves gently lap
day of solitude
listen ~ seagulls
chattering in groups
lookout ~  guards
tide changes
breeze on shore
days end ~ all’s well

.Tokubetsudesu gives me the OPPORTUNITY  to bring back special

features we have had here at our Haiku Kai.

This week that ‘former’ feature will be Carpe Diem’s Vision Quest.

Do you remember that feature?

Three days on a row to write haiku

inspired on a theme and for every part only 24 hours

to respond

and if possible with a slight sauce of cohesion

to bind the three haiku together.

So for this Tokubetsudesu episode I love to challenge you to go on a Vision Quest with me.

There is only a slightly little difference with the original feature.

You have to use the three prompts, all with the same theme,

in three different haiku

and there has to be some cohesion that binds the three haiku together.
For this challenge I will give you 24 hours extra time to respond.

Here is the theme: at the seashore and these are the three prompts you have to use:

1. waves
2. seagulls
3. sundown

Carpe Diem 760 stargazing



My response to the prompt:

gift of sight
clear skies on coast
star gazing amazing
amazing patterns
bright sparkles over head
child-like wonder
on a clear night
seeing the heavens light up
just a breath away



Note from Saradunn

Following my cataract surgery I experienced

many miracles.  The vision of the stars that filled in the gaps

in my previous “normal” sight, I slowly realized what others

could see and how they could identify the patterns in the heavens.

A never tiring experience of wonder for me.



The Prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I like to gaze at the stars, not only in summer,

but through the whole year, but especially in summer stargazing,

as is our prompt for today, is a great activity.

Together with the one you love for example,

or just with friends, No clouds at the night sky, the sultry summer night,

the sweetPERFUME of trees, flowers and bushes.

Just an awesome feeling … surly worth doing sometimes (or more than sometimes).

On Shamrock Haiku I found a wonderful haiku written by Konstantin Kedrov about stargazing:

tired of stargazing,
I look down –
puddle full of stars

© Konstantin Kedrov

And I remember a beautiful tanka by Greg Wolford, one of our CDHK family members,

which he wrote in response on our first episode of “On The Trail With Basho Encore”:

stars twinkle in the distance
memories flash by
times filled with our hopes and dreams
and innocence reigned supreme

© Greg Wolford

Stargazing it looks like everyone likes it and so do I as I told you above.

There is no night for me without gazing to the stars.

I love to point my children and grandchildren to the constellations

and the individual stars like e.g. Venus.

Of course the classical haiku poets like Basho, Buson, Issa and Chiyo-Ni

for example wrote haiku about stargazing

especially around the Tanabata Festival (a traditional Japanese stargazing festival)

on July 7th for example this one by Issa:

kakurega mo hoshi machi-gao no yo nari keri


at the hermit’s hut, too–
an upturned face awaits
the stars

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

And I just had to share a haiku by Basho,

which he wrote while gazing at the stars on Tanabata:

sazo na hoshi   hiji kimono ni wa   shika no kawa

surely star-lovers
using as a rug
a deer skin

© Basho


Well … we are still discovering the beauty of the modern kigo

as gathered by Jane Reichhold in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”

and today our prompt is stargazing and these are her examples:

coming inside
after star gazing
my glow

our galaxy
in a folding chair
a star gazer

© Jane Reichhold

Awesome to read all those wonderful examples of haiku on stargazing …

all those different styles … thoughts and ideas behind it …. just awesome.

I had to share a haiku by myself, but I wasn’t inspired enough,

so I have an “oldie” for you all which I wrote in response on a haiku by Kala Ramesh

(one of our featured haiku-poets):

late summer night
wind chime resonates through the night –
stars shine bright

© Chèvrefeuille



Carpe Diem #761 Pines




My response to the prompt:

sun and rain
warmth of season
recovery to health


pine cones
basking in the sun
new life plentiful


bobbing branches
songs from within
birds rejoicing


note by Saradunn
The past winter on the Downeast Coast of Maine

was especially difficult for all trees including pines…

recovery is seen in many

including the one that towers, tho less so,

over my house.



The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I wasn’t aware that pines were a season word for summer,

because I only had the imagination that pines were more of winter,

but Jane Reichhold puts them here in summer.

We are exploring the modern kigo for summer

as gathered by Jane in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”

and these are a few examples of her haiku

on this modern summer kigo:

a tearing sound
a pine cone OPENS
to the heat

the pine shares its fragrance
mid-day shade

reaching for the sun
the great pine’s shadow
shapes the tree

the tea
in a pine needle cup

© Jane Reichhold

And of course I just had to share a few “pine”-haiku by Basho:

pine and cedar
to admire the wind
smell the sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Or this beauty:

pine wind
needles falling on the water’s
cool sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

And than there is this wonderful haiku on pine by Issa:

new summer robes–
listening to the pine breeze
they emerge

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David Lanoue)



Well …. a lot to handle,

but it was really a joy to create this post.

I hope it will inspire you to write an all new haiku. Ok … another haiku “hot off the press” (smiles):

seeking shelter
beneath the giant pine
midsummer rain

© Chèvrefeuille




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