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