Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Carpe Diem #1580 moonlight (modern kigo, extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku")

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to write and share Japanese poetry. This month we are exploring kigo (seasonwords) for winter. Those kigo can be classical or modern and today I have chosen for a modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", the online version.

Today I have chosen the modern kigo ... moonlight. Why is this a modern kigo for winter? Well in Japanese culture "moon" is a kigo for Autumn, but in our Western society "moon" is mostly a kigo for winter, but that is not our discussion here.

winter moonlight

Today I hope to inspire you with "moonlight" and a few haiku created by Jane Reichhold:

winter moonlight
the crystal prism turns
with the tides

surf and sea
white with the sound
of moonlight

© Jane Reichhold (extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku")

Two nice haiku to inspire you ....

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 15th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!

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