Saturday, December 22, 2012

Carpe Diem #77, Icicles (tsurara)

Dear Haijin, Visitors and Travelers,

As you  know we are having a wonderful Carpe Diem month with classical Japanese kigo for Winter and we are busy in the last part of the month ... so our prompts are all of 'late winter'. With the prompt for today Icicles (tsurara) that's not completely true, because Icicles we see through whole winter, but well ... it's a kigo for 'late winter'.

I have found a wonderful haiku on 'icicles' written by Issa:

yûkaze ya yashiro no tsurara hi no utsuru

night wind --
the shrine's icicles
reflect the lights

Well ... now it's my turn ...

icicles hanging
at the gutter of the old mansion
sun's reflections

green pine tree branches
looking like a Christmastree
shining icicles

This prompt will stay on 'till December 24th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new Carpe Diem Special by Buson later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).

Have fun, be creative and share your haiku with Carpe Diem.

I will give the new Carpe Diem Special by Buson hereafter.

Enjoying three bowls of zoni  (*)
At the New Year's breakfast;
Millionaire as he is!

(*) 'Zoni' is a soup containing mochi (rice cakes), vegetables and other ingredients. To cook zoni was very expensive for the common people in the Edo period (1603-1868). To eat three bowls of 'zoni' at a time for breakfast was beyond all imagination of theirs.


  1. Icicles reflecting the sunlight, wow, love it.
    Funny haiku written by Busom about that wealthy and greedy man.

  2. Icicles are so much fun to look at -- although it is quite rare for me to do so! Thank you for sharing the information and for your great addition.

  3. I love your second haiku, comparing icicle ladened pine tress to christmas trees.
    Tomorrow looks like a challenge...perhaps thoughts of Christmas fare will help us all :)

  4. I did not see my link appear, so here it is

  5. It's currently about 15° C here in Meerbusch and Cologne, which makes it hard to think on icicles, but I've made a photograph about four weeks ago, when we had snow and icicles. When I look outside, the overcast grey day doesn't have much of spring despite the temperature!

  6. The coast of Downeast Maine is still rainy, no icicles yet.
    Thought about past winters and the icicles that fascinated me
    as I watched them "grow" til removed for safety reasons.

    Enjoyed the prompt.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday Season to all.
    Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards all