Saturday, November 3, 2012

Carpe Diem #35, Red

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are busy with our special Rainbow week. Yesterday we had Rainbow for prompt and today (and the next days) we have a color of the rainbow for prompt. So today our prompt is red the first color of the rainbow.

Colors of the Rainbow
Red ... the color of blood ... Red ... the color of love (however in chakra-colors the color for love is green) Red ... a wonderful sunset or sundawn ... red peppers, red radishes, well you name it ... must be easy to write a few haiku on Red heh ...

red roses
between gypsophila
on a new grave

"look! a big red balloon"
the little child reaches
to the setting sun

together as one
on a lettuce bed
radish and peppers

mysterious sight
the rising of the red moon
midsummer event

I love to share for closure a little on this Red Moon. It's the name of the full moon of August, but there is more to tell.
The most common way to see the Moon turn red is when the Moon is low in the sky, just after moonrise or before it’s about to set below the horizon. Just like the Sun, light from the Moon has to pass through a larger amount of atmosphere when it’s down near the horizon, compared to when it’s overhead. The Earth’s atmosphere can scatter sunlight, and since moonlight is just scattered sunlight, it can scatter that too. Red light can pass through the atmosphere and not get scattered much, while light at the blue end of the spectrum is more easily scattered. When you see a red moon, you’re seeing the red light that wasn’t scattered, but the blue and green light have been scattered away. That’s why the Moon looks red.

Read more: On Red Moon

This prompt will stay on 'till November 5th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new prompt orange around 10.00 PM (CET) today.
Have fun, be inpired and share your haiku with us ...


  1. Hi, Kristjaan.
    Red is my favourite colour, thanks for the prompt.
    All your haiku are brilliant and the one I like the most is...
    together as one
    on a lettuce bed
    radish and peppers

    What a tempting dish!

  2. I love the color red ... and it is so difficult for me to photograph. Sigh.
    Thank you for your information on the prompt...always welcome and interesting.