Thursday, March 28, 2019

Carpe Diem #1636 California poppy (modern kigo)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to bring a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. We have left the Kumano Kodo and are exploring the modern and classical kigo (seasonword) for spring. Today I have chosen a modern kigo for spring taken from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", section spring, sub-section "plants".

Today our modern kigo is "California poppy". It sounds like the regular poppy, but I had never heard from the California poppy. By the way the chosen haiku example is created by Jane Reichhold and she used it as an example for this modern kigo.

expanding the warmth
the first poppies
in spring sunshine

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

California Poppy Flowers (Eschscholzia californica)

Here is a haiku from my archive about poppies, not about the California poppy, but by the "regular" poppy.

at sunrise
poppies still redder
sacrifice for God

© Chèvrefeuille (2012)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 4th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on.

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