Thursday, April 4, 2019

Carpe Diem #1641 a modern kigo ...

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the daily meme about Japanese poetry forms like haiku, tanka or for example sedoka. This month we are exploring one of the classical rules of Japanese poetry, the use of a kigo (seasonword).

We have already seen several classical and modern kigo and today I have another wonderful modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku". As a child I had a kite, ofcourse made by myself, and I enjoyed playing with it. Now I am a granddad and now I can make kites with my grandchildren. You all will understand what our theme, our kigo for today is ... yes ... kite.

I have only wonderful memories about kites ... so I hope to read your memories with kites also.

watercolor class
the painted blue sky
becomes a kite

flying a kite
gulls above the beach stare
at the old couple

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

Here is one taken from my archives:

'look there grandpa'
my grandson points to the sky -
yellow dragon kite

against the blue sky
climbs an ancient dragon-kite
towards the sun

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it's up to you now. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 11th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend-meditation later on. For now have fun!

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