Thursday, December 18, 2014

Carpe Diem #629, woodpecker

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today's prompt, woodpecker, brought me first the idea of the cartoon Woody Woodpecker in mind, a cartoon which I loved when I was younger, but sometimes (as my grandchildren are visiting) I watch that cartoon together with them ... it's always fun.

Jane gives us the following example for this modern kigo for winter:

tall dead pine
the tiny holes of the woodpecker's

A nice haiku, with a smile, but there is also a deeper spiritual meaning for the Woodpecker. 

If Woodpecker has come knocking…

It is time to really pay attention because opportunity is has come knocking along with it. It is signaling you that great changes are happening in your life and it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project or simply a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life. Whatever way you perceive it know that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is your for the asking.

Credits: Woodpecker

Woodpecker as your Totem…

You have the power of rhythm in your blood. You are tuned to the heartbeat of the Earth and the cycles that rule it. You have the ability to shake up the awareness of others as well as the ability to grab every ones attention with the simplest of words. You understand the power of your words and use them sparingly and precisely to get your point across. You are often the first to draw everyone’s attention to something that needs attending to.

Woodpecker has entered your dreams…

When woodpecker comes knocking in your dreams it is asking you to pay attention in your waking life. There may be something you have overlooked and it is trying to bring it back into your focus. Diligence is key here. Just some background ....

Here is my attempt:

hammering noise
resonates through the forest
deepens the silence

© Chèvrefeuille

Well I hope you did like this episode. It's open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, straw, later on.


  1. There is also a deeper reasoning in your haiku there....with some interesting ways of understanding the haiku. A deeper silence between pecking, or the focus on the woodpecker means one notices the silence more. The noise of a far-off woodpecker certainly highlights the forest silence. Especially as we can hear it. A very clever haiku.

    1. Thanks Hamish ... i tried to catch a deeper meaning in this haiku. Nice to read that you have noticed that.

  2. I think your haiku this week is one of my all time favorites of yours...

  3. Have to agree with Bjorn and with Hamish -- wonderfully layered, and definitely one of your best. :)

  4. I have woodpeckers in my yard and see them often.
    I know I've written about them before ;)

    They even come to the bird feeder - my grandson got to see one this week. Often we can hear them but don't see them. :)

  5. Thank you for sharing the deeper meaning of a woodpecker.
    An excellent prompt.
    Peace and love, Siggi