Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Carpe Diem #232, Semi (Cicada)

Dear Haijin, visitors and friends,

Because I haven't enough time to write a big episode I have chosen for a short one this time. Today we share haiku on Semi (Cicada) also a late-summer kigo, but it can refer to other seasons as well. On wikipedia I found the next information about cicadas.

Cicadas (/sɪˈkɑːdə/ or /sɪˈkeɪdə/), alternatively spelled as Cicala, or Cicale, are insects in the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha (which was formerly included in the now invalid suborder Homoptera). Cicadas are in the superfamily Cicadoidea. Their eyes are prominent, though not especially large, and set wide apart on the anterior lateral corners of the frons. The wings are well-developed, with conspicuous veins; in some species the wing membranes are wholly transparent, whereas in many others the proximal parts of the wings are clouded or opaque and some have no significantly clear areas on their wings at all. About 2,500 species of cicada have been described, and many remain to be described. Cicadas live in temperate-to-tropical climates where they are among the most-widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and unique sound. Cicadas are often colloquially called locusts, although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are various species of swarming grasshopper. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs.

Credits: Cicada

OK let's do some haiku composing on cicada.

in the twilight
only the song of cicadas -
my love's breathing

deep silence
a far away thunderstorm
a cicada's song

I hope you liked this short episode and that it inspires you to write your own haiku. This prompt will stay on 'til June 28th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next Special Carpe Diem episode, a nice haiku by Kikusha-Ni , later on today aroun 9.00 PM (CET). At this moment I don't know which haiku I will use, so be surprised.


  1. Love your cicada haiku... to inspire myself I read the following by Basho

    temple bell
    also sounds like it is
    cicada's voice

    one of mine is inspired by that one.

  2. Oddly I did a haiku on cicada for Haiku Heights' prompt of crescendo. Since it was just yesterday, I'm linking this prompt to that haiku. It's the first time this has happened. Hope it's okay.

  3. Beautiful creation, Kristjaan..

  4. Beautifully done, Kristjaan, as always