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# 1672 April 15, 2014 Found poems


knock on the door
Hand made Japanese dolls
“wife sews well” ~ seals deal


dim sky at night
rain disappoints gazers
blood moon


dogged at night
Chip* fuss budget at night
I move ~ on edge
my Cocker Spaniel.
The end of Chip’s sleeping in bed
was when hubby had me move
over to make room for the dog



sister first teen love
little brother what a bother
dogged her every move



friend reminds me
while away midnight full moon
howl at full moon

in memory of a special friend who
told that message in 1992
His instructions were that if one
howled at the moon MN EDT or EST
to know he was nude on his back deck
howling too !
Wife occasionally howled too
…but no nude she says



big time date
dressed to the nines
dribble cup



traffic speeds by
time to listen for dribbling
to stop ~ crossing street


life’s memories
time line to remember
heart ~ soul written dates



tea with popovers
on Jordan Pond lawn
dollop homemade jam

corner booth gossip
two people giggle softly
dollop of gossip

(c) 4/15/2014 Saradunn


Haiku Heights prompt: Whisper
August 14, 2011
soft wind in the trees
memory of Nebagamon
childhood dreams whisper
internet photo

Flowering quince grows prolifically here. It is a beautiful addition to any landscape.

a touch on your heart
whispers your souls innermost space
friendship softly blooms

Birthday tulips of crimson…a delight to receive.

Haiku: “Once Upon a Time…. 6 August 2011
August 6, 2011
Once upon a time
Life was simple, plain, sublime.
Now it is not, sigh.


♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

liquid threads of gold

simple delights in moonlight

bound by hearts in love.

♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 13 off prompt

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 13 off prompt



crisp cool air
Autumn leaves color the ground
kids jump in leaf piles



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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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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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



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