fresh snow
only chirps of robins
break the silence


a robin chirps!
not even blowing snow
will stop spring


I am linking these two haiku to Frank J Tassone’s Haikai Challenge: Snow.
As I wrote these poems I was also thinking about
Carpe Diem’s new Crossroads feature. For this feature we are invited to write a new haiku including elements of two given poems. Whether my haiku achieve this sufficiently I am not sure, but since they do borrow elements (words, tone, structure) I am providing the link so that if you are interested, you can read about the details and perhaps give it a try!

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Two fledglings take flight,
young monks in search of wisdom
Soulmates since childhood,
Siddhartha and Govinda

Together in dreams,
apart in the waking world
feathers in their hearts
buffeted by winds of time

Rivers feed the sea
raindrops fill every stream
listen to the sounds
rivers speaking many tongues

Do rivers chant “Om”,
sacred mantra of Brahmins
mirrors of being,
perpetual becoming?

Siddhartha listens,
hears union in water flow
Govinda feels love,
his heart reawakes with joy

Spring rivers overflowing
singing then, now, what will be


In response to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Weekend Meditation #21 Out of the Box #3 , I have attempted a Choka, a Japanese form of any length in a 5-7 syllable pattern ending with 7-7.  I chose Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse as the theme, a beautiful spiritual fable translated by Hilda Rosner and published in 1951. I paired the poem with a picture of a local stream that I took at this time of year in 2016.  Siddhartha has been featured in several posts this month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

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a winter cherita


eyes near road edge,
I apply the brakes.

a baby raccoon,
then three squirrels
out to play on a mild winter night


My second cherita is a winter night driving story for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #17: Out of the Carpe Diem Box. The Cherita challenges you to write a narrative with three ‘stanzas’ of one, two, and three lines. You will find more information about the form at the link above.

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lost and found


lost in the corn fields,
a traffic jam of thoughts
row on row on row

wind turbines chart the sky
unmoved by the passing sun
spun by the breeze

sunset crickets sing
silence as long shadows grow,
a new path appears



The poem is a troiku based on this haiku:

lost in the corn fields
wind turbines chart the sky
sunset crickets sing

The first image is from and the second is a photo of a calendar page I saved a few years ago.  This is my third and last response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #16.

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Corn maze


On Wolfe Island we wander in a corn maze surrounded by towering tasseled grains,
guided from above by landmarks glistening in the sun.

lost in the corn fields
wind turbines chart the sky
sunset crickets sing


The above photo, from Pixabay, shows an unknown location, but there actually is a corn maze near wind turbines on Wolfe Island, Ontario.  The first line of this poem was proposed by Chèvrefeuille in Carpe Diem’s Weekend Meditation #16.  Chèvrefeuille also challenged us to write a troiku based on our “lost in the corn fields” haiku.  That will follow in my next post.

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