from year end’s window
I gaze past white frost flowers
small prints mark fresh snow
This year has been another unique chapter in my blogging journey. As we approach 2018 I am finally admitting that my main focus here is writing poetry. If anyone had told me ten years ago that this is what I would be doing and that having readers would be part of the mix I am sure I would have doubted it. I fully appreciate those who drop by here to read my posts. My reading of others has also been rewarding—this being a year of profound enjoyment, learning, and discovery.
For today’s haiku Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1336 was my starting point. In this episode Chèvrefeuille provides examples of elegance in haiku and a quote by Paulo Coelho:
[…] “Elegance is the correct posture if the writing is to be perfect. It’s the same with life: when all superfluous things have been discarded, we discover simplicity and concentration…” […] (Source: The Witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho)
white flowers in my hair
I walk through the gate into the deep north
my only gala dress
© Sora (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)
I am also linking to Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #14: New Year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
‘Silent night, holy night’,
composed 200 years ago,
a song of Christmas,
longing for peace and light
cradled by a story
a descant soaring,
a gowned choir
draped in white surplices,
angel voices pouring
love into fluted tones,
for an infant and mother,
story of a
no sleigh bells ring
all is bright
© 2017 Ontheland
Inspired by Chèvrefeuille’s recent prompts, including A choir of angels, and by my connections to the carol, Silent Night, an ‘intangible cultural heritage’.
Chèvrefeuille has published a new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai E-book called Christmas Stockings.
In this latest e-book Chèvrefeuille compiles haiku contributions by visitors to his website, tastefully mingled with his poetry, reflections, traditional seasonal texts and photos. The publication exemplifies his generosity as a poet, teacher, and facilitator of community sharing. He gives expression in poetic form (classic and modern) center stage, creating a virtual poetry gathering.
Here is the link to the book’s announcement. Clicking on the link offered there will open the book using the Issuu.com platform.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and thought some of you might too.
raw winter winds
we the living celebrate
burn torches through dark nights
In response to Carpe Diem #1327. The title is a quote from the famous poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).
image in the pond
wind ocean earth sky mysteries
elements of life
fill the sky
transforms a winter day
melting the temporal veil
In response to Carpe Diem #1326 and the starlings —they did return.
a sweet dream
in a chaotic world
calm clear waters
wind scattered flowers
rest once more
In response to Carpe Diem #1323 Serenity
whiten winter gloom
lift our hearts with sugar and light
Lately, forest, field and roadsides around here have been lightly dusted with snow.
This weekend Chevrefeuille of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai challenged us to write a winter themed Fibo-ku—a relative of the haiku in which syllable count is based on the Fibonacci sequence.<<
e photo is courtesy of Pixabay.<<
curves in empty roads,
an onlooker’s prize
My reflections on beauty come from considering Paul Coelho lines featured in Carpe Diem #1319. Here I suggest that beauty is a form of visitation or visit, the Tuesday theme of dVerse Poets Pub.