Friday, January 4, 2013

Carpe Diem Special #15, winter trees (Shiki)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our first Carpe Diem Special of 2013 and the first written by Shiki, our haiku master for this month. From the start of Carpe Diem I loved to share haiku in the Specials written by our haiku masters, first we had haiku by Basho, than by Issa and last month they were all of Buson. Those three haiku masters and Shiki are the so known 'great four', so this month we have the last of the great four haiku masters Shiki.
Shiki gave haiku it's name and brought the haiku into the 20th century and brought us his legacy of wonderful haiku. The first I love to share is the next one, it's a winter haiku.

just outside the gate
the road slopes downward
winter trees

I like this one a lot. It gives me a feeling of winter and the joy of a winter stroll. The fresh air of winter, with a touch of snow and frost. Walking along the road enjoying the winter trees and maybe the play of children, skaters and what ever ...

I think this haiku can be a good inspiration source to us all and I hope to read wonderfully composed haiku inspired on the one by Shiki.


By the way ... during private circumstances (my mom has to go for cardiac surgery) I will not have the time to comment on all your nice posts and comments ... forgive me ... I hope to catch up when all is well with my mom. I will try to post our every day episodes of Carpe Diem, but that also ... could be delayed.

OK ... let's do some haiku composing inspired on the one by Shiki.

through a winter wonderland -
joyful sounds of kids

joyful sounds of kids
making a snowman together -
Ah! what a sight.

This Carpe Diem Special will stay on 'til January 6th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode 'Now, today' later on around 10.00 PM (CET). Enjoy the read and the fun of writing haiku.



  1. hello. i hope your mom's safe and gets well.. wishing her a speedy recovery..:)

  2. Wishing your mom a speedy recovery!!

  3. Keeping your Mom, you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...keep us posted on how things are going with your Mom.
    Take what time you need, as far as I'm concerned...
    Peace and love,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine, USA

  4. Best wishes for your mom! I hope she's getting well soon!
    Nice haiku I've read in the blogs. Very inspiring!

  5. wishing your Mom well. Take as long as you need