Thursday, December 27, 2012

Carpe Diem #80, The Last of Winter (setsubun)

Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Well ... as I promised earlier this week I will post today two episodes of Carpe Diem. Than we are on track again. Earlier today I posted an episode on 'Winter Moon' and now I will post our second episode 'The last Day of Winter (setsubun)'.

The last day of winter, entering Spring is our goal hereafter, but we have still a few days to go with prompts of classical Japanese kigo for Winter, late Winter.
The last day of winter ... will bring joy I think, because I am not such a big fan of Winter. In Spring new life will come and the days will become longer ... Light is coming back after the dark period of Autumn and Winter.

covered with snow
winter is coming to an end
Narcissus blooming

almost Spring
the last snow is melting
snowman disappears

finally Spring
cherry blossoms blooming
last snow melts

Aren't they wonderful? I love these haiku on departing Winter ... looking forward to Spring.

longing for Spring
while the last snow melts
Narcissus bloom

This prompt will stay on 'til December 29th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode of Carpe Diem 'Nearly Spring (haru chikashi) on December 28th around 10.00 PM (CET). Be inspired and share your haiku on Carpe Diem.


  1. Wonderful sets of haiku ~ you managed to do them all ~ Wow! ~ Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtmuseDog and Carol ^_^)

  2. I hope you had a good rest and happy Christmas.
    I have tried to link to your two new posts but the link does not show. So here it is again for haiku for both prompts.

  3. The first day of winter was six days ago. We have a while before spring. : (

  4. They are beautiful!!! And lovely images too.. :) Thank you for sharing!!!

  5. Lovely haiku as always, thank you.
    Certainly a challenge today, 3 prompts to work on, but fun!

  6. Seems funny to write about the last of spring -- when winter here has just begun!! If you are getting the benefit of the last of winter this early -- bravo!! :)