Thursday, January 29, 2015

First Dream (hatsuyume)

Carpe Diem #658 First Dream (hatsuyume)

first dream of the year
fresh snow in the garden
daffodils shiver 

the wind stirring
first dream of the new year
with gentle song 

waking slowly
your arms entwined around me 
first dream of the year

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


my daughter, my daughter
oh what have you done
to your long hair


my son, oh my son
why have you grown
- so quiet

silently snow falls
covering the village path
- silence falls


noisy jenny wren
chirping at day break
noisy, so noisy

little jenny wren
sings early in the morning
oh so, so early

oh spring, oh spring
how I long for you 
- oh spring

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mirror Rice Cakes (Kagamimochi)

Carpe Diem #643 mirror rice cakes 

New years food for us growing up was always pork and sauerkraut.  This year we were at friends and had hoppin johns a dish made with blackeyed peas and served over rice which was their traditional food.

every new year
sauerkraut and pork
for good luck

New Year’s tradition
hoppin’ johns 
traced to civil war

to honor the dead
rice cakes left at the temple
little mouse obliged

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Carpe Diem Writing Techniques #1 "juxtaposition"

Out early this morning and took these two photos that fit today's challenge

in the same sky
moon and sunrise
vying for attention


Carpe Diem Time Glass  #16 Rainbow

across the river
a rainbow
bridges the divide

moonlit October
churning of falls
alluring moonbow 

in the parking lot
psychedelic rainbow
trapped in oil

(In our area we have one of the only places you can see a moonbow.  Cumberland Falls is one of only two places where there is a consistent reoccurrence of a lunar rainbow.  The only other one is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.  I've not seen one yet but would like to someday.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sacred Rope (Shimekazari)

Carpe Diem #642, Sacred Rope (Shimekazari)

cotton balls, glitter
paper plate
treasured angel wreath


wrapped in braided yarn
my children's garbage bag wreath
displayed with honor

Spring Kimono (Harugi) ( Winter Clothes)

Carpe Diem # 641 Spring Kimono (Harugi)
Can't exactly relate to the Spring Kimono in January so did something a little more familiar to me.

pristine leather
mink oil rubbed in
new winter boots

ribbons and lace
fresh starched cotton
new Sunday dress

new scarf and gloves
donned to greet
winter’s first snow

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First sun

Carpe Diem #640 first Sun (Hatshi)

for the party goers
the new year’s first sun
arrives too early

early morning
first sun of the year beckons 
through the blind

Troiku from my second first sun haiku

early morning
first sun of the year beckons 
through the blind

early morning
by winter rain

first sun of the year beckons
giving hope of winters thaw
not far away

through the blind
the winter cold
deceptively warm

Friday, January 2, 2015

Iio Sogi "this autumn sky"

ah, for coolness,
it rivals the water's depth -
this autumn sky
© Iio Sogi (1421-1502)

this autumn breeze
tangled with scents of summer
ah, delight

ah, the warmth
golden fields of wheat beckoning
in the autumn sun                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Carpe Diem Time Machine #1, orange

orange fire ball
burns through the tree silhouettes 
autumn day break

amongst all the brown
orange against garden wall
poison ivy

tangerine sky
melts in the breeze
autumn evening

Björn Rudberg's "the old oak's roots"

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #67, Björn Rudberg's "the old oak's roots"

the old oak’s roots -
reach from past to future
recall last year                                 (c) Björn Rudberg

listen, listen carefully
oak leaves rustling secrets              (c) Chèvrefeuille

my attempt

the old oak’s roots -
reach from past to future
recall last year                                 (c) Björn Rudberg

vigor, triumph, endurance          
burning leaves  conjure favor              (c) Dolores

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Last Year

Carpe Diem #639 Last Year (Kozo)

half a century
squeezed into silver sequins
last year’s birthday