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Monthly Archives: December 2014

photo: (c) 2012 Saradunn
rosa rugosa: wild rose / Downeast Maine

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pink granite path
thru blueberries~ blackberries
rosa rugosa
scent of the sea ~ wind in hair
seagulls cry
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prompt: how color brightens a path
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Kathabela Wilson ~  Tanka Poets on Site Prompt:

how color brightens a path (photo by Elsa Frausto)

(This beautiful backyard scene, photographed by Elsa,

shows how stunning the use of color can be,

with a simple magical touch, a path is transformed.

Imagine this scene without color,

and the satisfying wonder of the pinks and golds, contrasts

and scattered shapes call us into a different, fanciful world.

I smiled as soon as I saw this photo.

I use color myself, as a natural unconscious expression of feeling,

it seems to draw us all together.

How have you used, seen color used in fascinating ways,

significant, symbolic along the path

and how can your place these colorful stones in your tanka?)

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Fri Dec 26, 2014 prompt: how color brightens a path (photo by Elsa Frausto) (This beautiful backyard scene, photographed by Elsa, shows how stunning the use of color can be, with a simple magical touch, a path is transformed. Imagine this scene without color, and the satisfying wonder of the pinks and golds, contrasts and scattered shapes call us into a different, fanciful world.  I smiled as soon as I saw this photo. I use color myself, as a natural unconscious expression of feeling, it seems to draw us all together. How have you used, seen color used in fascinating ways, significant, symbolic along the path and how can your place these colorful stones in your tanka?)
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from the prompt for inspiration

 

My response to the prompt:

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lights shine indoors ~ out
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memories of childhood
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Jesus ~ the Reason
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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,It is time for a new Time Glass episode our special feature in which the time to respond is limited to 18 Hours … and what a great prompt I have for you this time … I have found a gorgeous photo to inspire you all. For this episode I stay close to the time of year … Christmastime

I just had to … Christmas is the biggest celebration of the year and we are all in Christmas joy … I even have changed our background temporarily …

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(above) the image you have to use for your inspiration next to our prompt ‘Christmastime’
… have fun … be inspired and remember you have only 18 hours to respond.
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Advent Candles at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, December 21,2014. Ellsworth, Maine, USA

(c) Saradunn

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my response to the prompt:

tradition 

church and home 

advent wreath

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 our host writes:

….today we will have candles for prompt.

Candles are bringing light, warmth, joy, peace and romance.

I can see myself in front of the fireplace on a deerskin,

a nice glass of Gluhwein, candlelight, sweet music on the background

and the one I love close to me … sharing her love and warmth with me.

Outside snow is falling and garden lights burning ….

at the other side of the street …

the doors of the church are open and awaiting the people to celebrate Christmas …

As I was preparing this episode a haiku by Buson came to mind,

but I had to change it a bit to fit Christmas, but here is the original first:

Lighting one candle
with another candle–
spring evening
 
© Buson
 
This one could be easily be for Easter,
but we have Christmas within a few days
so I have adjusted it to this time of year:
 
lighting one candle
with another candle –
Christmas Eve
© Chèvrefeuille
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Christmas is coming closer
and I am looking forward to what it will bring us all ….
Just enjoy Christmas
and remember the true meaning of it ….by
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my response to the prompt:

in fields

bales gathered in groups
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conversations starting
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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,As we are on our way to the end of 2014 we have had wonderful modern kigo (seasonwords) compiled by Jane Reichhold in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku” and today we are going further with the exploration of those wonderful modern kigo. Today we have straw for prompt and that’s a nice one, but also a challenging one.I love to share a haiku by Matsuo Basho (my master) in which he writes about straw. Here it is:komo wo ki te   tare bito imasu   hana no haru
wrapped in a straw mat
who can this great one be?
flowers of spring

© Basho (1644-1694)

With this haiku came a preface “welcoming the New Year in Kyoto”, this haiku is translated by Jane Reichhold and of course I have to share a haiku on straw written by her:

on frozen snow
still warm from the cow barn
broken straw

© Jane Reichhold

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A wonderful, almost Christmas fitting haiku … a nice one … How to write my own haiku on straw? Well here it is … a little bit romance in this dark time before Christmas.

between straw bales

two youngsters exploring love

their first kiss

© Chèvrefeuille

Hm … a nice one I think …. sometimes I have to go outside my normal way of writing haiku … and so I came up with this one … I can imagine how this must be for these youngsters. I still remember my first kiss like yesterday.

 our host


stock  photo www.dreamstime.com

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My response to the prompt:
ornament
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in the forest seen
white snow on green branch
red cardinal sings
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From our host:
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,We are counting down to Christmas with haiku … and today I love to talk about ‘Christmas decorations’ … The most of you will have Christmas decorations all over their house inside and outside I think … I have only decorated the inside of our house. Of course I have a Christmastree. This year with only white, silver and gold decorations … My house feels warm and cosy and everywhere in the living room we have candles, twinkling lights and guirlandes of pine tree … Softly sounds Christmas music … ah, this time is wonderful and full of romance. The only thing we haven’t yet is snow …. well we stay on dreaming of a White Christmas
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snowflakes falling
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the world becomes a wonderland
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I wake up 

© Chèvrefeuille

I still keep on dreaming about a White Christmas … maybe it will be happening once again … that would make Christmas even more beautiful …

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mainecrimewriters.com…”But the king—or queen—of the woods is a woodpecker. I laugh along whenever I hear the loud ha-ha-ha-ha-ha echo through the trees. The pileated woodpecker is the largest North American woodpecker, about crow size, but its red crest and long tail feathers make it appear larger. It was the model for Woody the Woodpecker.” Susan Vaughan

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My response to the prompt:
Woodpecker
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hearing  your tapping

carried through the trees
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message dear and clear
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Our host  wrote:
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Jane gives us the following example for this modern kigo for winter:
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tall dead pinethe tiny holes of the woodpecker’spantry© Jane Reichhold

A nice haiku, with a smile, but there is also a deeper spiritual meaning for the Woodpecker.

If Woodpecker has come knocking…

It is time to really pay attention because opportunity is has come knocking along with it. It is signaling you that great changes are happening in your life and it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project or simply a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life. Whatever way you perceive it know that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is your for the asking.

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Woodpecker as your Totem…

You have the power of rhythm in your blood. You are tuned to the heartbeat of the Earth and the cycles that rule it. You have the ability to shake up the awareness of others as well as the ability to grab every ones attention with the simplest of words. You understand the power of your words and use them sparingly and precisely to get your point across. You are often the first to draw everyone’s attention to something that needs attending to.

Woodpecker has entered your dreams…

When woodpecker comes knocking in your dreams it is asking you to pay attention in your waking life. There may be something you have overlooked and it is trying to bring it back into your focus. Diligence is key here. Just some background ….

Here is my attempt:

hammering noise

resonates through the forest

deepens the silence

© Chèvrefeuille

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free image: www.thisnext.com

mistletoe and holly

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my response to the prompt:

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spin the light fantastic
kiss under mistletoe
dancing young lovers
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aka:  Chėvrefeuille
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Today I love to ask you to respond
with an all new haiku on mistletoe
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there she stood
laughing her wonderful smile
“kiss me quick”
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© Chėvrefeuille
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I like that mistletoe  tradition …
to me that’s what’s Christmas about …
peace and love …
sharing the light of the New born King
with each other and the world.Let there be peace and love
spreading around the globe.
No differences between races,
no differences between rich and poor.
We are all the same …
loving and caring people
… that’s Christmas.

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minnesota.cbslocal.com.

My response to the prompt:

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blustery night

dancing to Skater’s waltz 

MacCarthy Park
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Note
Growing up in Minnesota USA
and West Allis Wisconsin, USA
ice skating was a frequent winter activity.
The West Allis neighborhood park 
had a large pond with lights.
The days get dark early in winter and we’d
be able to skate in the late afternoon.
We skated in the frigid Wisconsin cold 
with music playing.  A fond memory.
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The Dutch are big fans of ice skating
and as you maybe know our Dutch ice-skaters have won several championships,
but as I look at myself… well I can ice-skate, but I am not a big fan of it.
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I love to watch ice skating, but figure skating I love more to watch.
Figure skating looks like ballet or dancing
and it’s really a joy to watch it, not to do it …
I am not that good in figure skating I hardly can take a curve on the ice
… no – figure skating is great to look at, but not to do it …
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This is the example of Jane for this “modern kigo”:.a broken mirror

now the ice breaker pushes apart
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the joys of skating
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www.shutterstock.com Pampas Grass blows in wind

My response to the prompt

Carpe Diem # 68, Winter Grasses
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Pampas grass

blowin’ in the wind

weathervane
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(inspired by : Buson

aki sarike ikukani narinu kareobana

the day has come
when Autumn is over
dead pampas grass

© Buson)

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My response to the prompt

Carpe Diem # 82, Withered Mums

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mums on doorstep

frost withers ~ snow covers

return to dust

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My response to the prompt

Carpe Diem # 294, Orchids

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orchids in winter

cheer short days ~ long nights

warmth of wood stove

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Here are the prompts to “play again” from our CDHK history:

Carpe Diem # 68, Winter Grasses
Carpe Diem # 82, Withered Mums
Carpe Diem # 294, Orchids

This GW-post you can see as the introduction to our new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai feature “Time-machine” in which we will “play again” with prompts from our CDHK history.


Pansies in the shade, Charlotte Rhodes Butterfly Garden, Southwest Harbor Maine

 

(c) 2014 Saradunn

Pansies and violets both belong to the genus Viola, and almost all of these flowering plants are perennials treated as annuals. Their flowers have a long bloom time, usually from spring through frost in cold regions, and can bloom all through winter in warm regions such as California.

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Inspiration haiku

I give permission
For this slow spring rain to soak
The violet beds.

© Richard Wright

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My Troiku response to the prompt:

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I give permission

for joy to fill my heart

violets smiling

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For this slow spring rain to soak

life giving showers to all the earth

chickadees cheer

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The violet beds

under the snow and cold

slumber ~ deep down warmth 

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My haiku response to the prompt:

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soaking spring rains

seek and find the violet beds

smiling faces 

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TROIKU, A new form of haiku

As you maybe know I have created the Troiku 

It’s a kind of creativity with haiku …

in short you have to use every line of the haiku (three in total)

as the starting line for a new haiku.

The Troiku is created as you have written three new haiku.

I love to challenge you, but remember it’s not an obligation,

to turn the given haiku by Richard Wright into a Troiku.

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