Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Carpe Diem #97, crocus

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am a bit late today, but I had other things to do, but I have to publish this new episode of Carpe Diem.
I have read wonderful haiku on yesterday's prompt 'ember' suggested by Bjorn. It was a joy to read them and comment them. Several contributors used sunset (or sun rise) as an image for 'ember'. It was really a surprise to read that in some way you are connected with each other. Looks like a commonly consciousness and that, my dear friends, I like very much in haiku.
Haiku making us one ... isn't it wonderful?

Today we share haiku on 'crocus', one of the first flowers of Spring. Here in The Netherlands, now cold and covered with snow, we have had a period of soft winter, to warm for the time of year. And here and there fragile flowers and trees started to bloom. Mother Nature is in some way confused I think and I hope that those fragile blossoming will survive this cold period with snow and frost.

fragile crocus
blooming in the ice wind
how strong will it be?

snow falls gently
covers fragile crocuses
purple disappears

early Spring feeling
a snowman melts in the sun
reveals crocuses

How strong will they be those little crocuses?

snow has gone
colorful crocuses blooming
longing for Spring

Have fun, be inspired and creative and share your haiku with us here on Carpe Diem.

This prompt will stay on 'til January 17th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode of Carpe Diem (hopefully) later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).
That will be a new Carpe Diem Special, a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, our haiku master for this month. To give you the chance to write your haiku inspired on the one by Shiki I will give his haiku here already:

samui fuyubura suto sugegasano watashino kubini katto kadoo

cold winter blast
a cord of a sedge hat
cut into my neck 


  1. I like your first haiku best of all. "how strong will it be?" Nice set.

  2. Love how you captured the wonderful struggle of the crocus to live! Lovely haiku!

  3. The verse about the snowman melting to reveal the flowers is spot on!!!

  4. Thanks for your kind words in your write-up above. The 3 haiku you wrote about crocuses were spellbinding. Each was really more beautiful - and clever - than a photograph. Very, very nice.

  5. I totally agree on the strength of those little flowers. Still some way to go before they lighten up our lifes, but there is hope. I wrote mine yesterday but could not link until today. Thank you for keeping this prompt going.

  6. I long to see the first crocus or snowdrops as it took me 2 1/2 hours this morning to get to work.

  7. wow i'm very excited and happy to see that the haiku community is growing and more people are joining in the fun! ^^ wonderful.. thank you for hosting this party

  8. Your haiku speaks to life and living through obstacles ~ plus the loveliness of it all ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  9. I am late, but not too late to enjoy your delight set on crocus ... hope that spring does exist. :)