Friday, July 3, 2015

Carpe Diem Time Machine #11 Kawasemi (Kingfisher)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to present a new trip along memory lane with our special feature "Carpe Diem's Time Machine. This episode takes you back to June 2013. In that month we had all classical kigo (seasonwords) for summer (as we have now in our present time). One of those classical summer kigo was Kawasemi or Kingfisher. This time I will not introduce the episode as I am mostly doing. Why? Well today is a very busy for me, so I have decided to share the episode of June 2013 here again as it was published than.


(June 18th, 2013)

Are you all in for a new nice Carpe Diem episode? Well I am (smiles). Today we share haiku on Kawasemi (Kingfisher). In my opinion it's one of the most colorful water birds. For sure here in The Netherlands. This little Kingfisher is a wonderful fisherman and fast as the wind. I think this wonderful bird can inspire you all to write nice haiku.

Kingfishers are a group of small to medium sized brightly colored birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species being found in the Old World and Australasia. The group is treated either as a single family, Alcedinidae, or as a suborder Alcedines containing three families, Alcedinidae (river kingfishers), Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), and Cerylidae (water kingfishers). There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with little differences between the sexes. Most species are tropical in distribution, and a slight majority are found only in forests. They consume a wide range of prey as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. Like other members of their order they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A few species, principally insular forms, are threatened with extinction.

Kawasemi (Kingfisher)

Wow! What a wonderful bird, really a King.

colorful reflection
throws shadows on the brook -
Kingfisher attacks

Kingfisher attacks
silver comes to live in the brook -
circles in water

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Well ... did you like this episode which I published back in 2013? I think so. I hope it will inspire you to write an all new haiku or tanka and share it with us all. I have (of course) given it a try too.

a blueish flash
in crystal clear water
only circles left

(c) Chèvrefeuille

This Time Machine episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 6th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, Tsuyu (rainy season), later on.


  1. Lovely series for 2013 and the new one is wonderful, also.

  2. Love the sounds: ish/ash and then the -k- sound repeated in 'crystal clear'. This haiku sounds lovely when read out aloud. And the circles left behind as only evidence is a great find.