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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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photo:  mainethingstodo.


My response to the prompt:


sunrise ~ longest day
greet first rays on Cadillac 
mountains meet the sea





The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

nagaki hi mo saezuri taranu hibari kana

even a long day
is not enough for the singing
of a skylark

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

The above verse says it all … Today our prompt is long day/summer solstice and it points to the beginning of summer (on the Northern hemisphere). Today it’s June 21st and that’s the real start of summer. At last … summer has come … after a long period of cold and semi-cold weather …. summer is here.

I am busy with preparing our list of haiku which are submitted for the second CDHK kukai “summertime” and I hope to mail it to the participants this week, but during lack of time and being in the nightshift, I can not guarantee that. I have read wonderful haiku submitted for this kukai and I am looking forward to your judging.

Ok … back to our prompt for today long day/summer solstice … Jane shares the following haiku for this modern summer kigo (seasonword):

longer days
I love to go to sleep
with sky in my eyes

long day
the reading lamp stays

© Jane Reichhold

And these she shares on summer solstice:

a bluish shadow
our shortest night
in Norway

solstice splits
between the peach halves
a red stone sun

summer solstice
the gypsy wagon bright
with music

© Jane Reichhold

All wonderful haiku as I may say so … it will not be an easy task to write/compose an all new haiku inspired on these beauties. So, forgive me, I have ran through my archives … and I found this one:

Summer Solstice
the longest day of the year
welcomed with music

© Chèvrefeuille (You can find the whole story at Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku on WP)

Observatory Robert Morris, near my home-town

and welcoming Ra –
summer solstice

© Chèvrefeuille

*) Ra is the Egyptian Sun God


photo:  flickr:  Sunrise, Wickenburg, Arizona, USA


My response to the prompt:  


prickly topiaries
nesting birds waken
saguaro sunrise




In January/February 1992 I spent six

weeks at The Meadows, in Wickenburg

Arizona, USA.  Waking early to see the

sunrise was a special treat.    Being from

the Midwest and Downeast Maine, the

saguaro cactus was fascinating with its

quirks and perks.



The prompt: Carpe Diem: desert


You will understand that our prompt for today is desert

and these are the haiku which Jane Reichhold

uses as an example for this modern summer kigo:

awakened by silence
filled with dark

in the sand
desert GIFT

YOUR voice
tying me to the desert
toast POPS UP

© Jane Reichhold

Aren’t they gorgeous?

I especially like the second haiku shared here,

because of the nice FREE style” way of composing it.

Through this free style this haiku is very strong and intense.


my own desert
re-decorating the garden
in bright sunlight

© Chèvrefeuille

A few other “desert”-haiku,

the first an oldie from my personal weblog

Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku-blog and a new (re-done) one.

in the desert
the heat, the sand … my eyes
a Fata Morgana


tears fall

lost and alone in the desert

just the moon and I

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah! The desert, one of our wonderful “eco-systems”.

I have learned to admire the desert through the posts of MMT.

Her photos and haiku have done that to me.



my response to the prompt:

in fields

bales gathered in groups
conversations starting
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


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…”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


My response to the prompt:

hearing  your tapping

carried through the trees
message dear and clear
Our host  wrote:
Jane gives us the following example for this modern kigo for winter:
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.


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


My response to the prompt:


blustery night

dancing to Skater’s waltz 

MacCarthy Park
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.
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.
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 …
This is the example of Jane for this “modern kigo”:.a broken mirror

now the ice breaker pushes apart
the joys of skating




This southerly view shows Somes Sound as seen from the north end in Somesville, Maine on Mount Desert Island. Bar Harbor is to the north and northeast of this point.

My response to the prompt:


on near by shore
glacier  formations  reminder
snow ~ ice formed Somes Sound 
My response to yesterdays prompt Carpe Diem #624, Snow
due to not being able to connect to the internet
evening snow fall 
in church steeples light  
worshiper’s foot prints 
I live next to a church and can see the front door and steeple 
from my house… the sight of the snow in the light on the steeple
fascinates me and lets me know how much snow is falling.
Moments in time, each special and memorable.
From the prompt Glacier:
A glacier (US /ˈɡleɪʃər/ or UK /ˈɡlæsiə/) is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight; it forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries.
Glaciers slowly deform and flow due to stresses induced by their weight, creating crevasses, seracs, and other distinguishing features.
They also abrade rock and debris from their substrate to create landforms such as cirques and moraines. Glaciers form only on land and are distinct from the much thinner sea ice and lake ice that form on the surface of bodies of water.

Credits: Grey Glacier Torres del Paine National Park Chile


This glacier looks fantastic … let me look at the haiku which Jane uses for example for this modern kigo for winter according to her “A Dictionary of Haiku”:

under low clouds
evening sky glacier
cools the wind

a journey ends
where the glacier melted
a field of stones

© Jane Reichhold

Two extraordinary beautiful haiku I think ….
Our host  aka © Chèvrefeuille shared:

as far as I can see
blueish, greyish and whiteish snow
first glacier contact

© Chèvrefeuille



Northern Lights as seen from the Northern Provinces of The Netherlands

from the post on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


My response to the prompt:


Northern Lights

bright madras palette

sky in jewel tones 

royal colors blanket earth 

Wise Men travel bringing gifts



….our prompt for today, Northern Light (Aurora Borealis), extracted from Jane Reichhold’s saijiki

“A Dicitionary of Haiku”.

This month all the prompts are modern kigo (seasonwords) for winter and Jane has gathered a lot of them.

Here is the haiku which she shared for “Northern Lights”:

Northern Lights
a white robed choir sings
to radio static

© Jane Reichhold


A beauty I think … it’s so well build and in tune with the time of year.

This haiku brings a church choir in mind as I know them from the Gospel choirs or Pentacostal Church, enjoying their belief in praising the Lord and that joy and praise becomes even stronger as I see the Northern Lights in front of my mind’s eyes. Gorgeous and such a great image … wow!

Thanks Jane for this wonderful haiku….have sought in my archive and found the following cascading haiku on Auruora Borealis:

treat of Mother Earth
coloring the skies
Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis
a palette of colors
treat of Mother Earth

© Chèvrefeuille