Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1645 Abalone (modern kigo)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new episode in our journey through the classical and modern kigo for spring and today I have (again) a nice modern kigo by Jane Reichhold, extracted from her saijiki "a dictionary of haiku". As you all know Jane was an awesome and renown modern haiku poetess and she was once my co-host here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

I can say she was a real friend and I still miss her every day, but I believe that her spirit is dwelling here at our wonderful Haiku Kai, because she loved CDHK and said about CDHK "it's the best website on haiku, tanka and other Japanese poetry forms on the World Wide Web".

Abalone shell

shades of art deco
lying on the beach
abalone shells

colors of seafoam
in the abalone
a cup of fog

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

As you can read and see our modern kigo for spring is "abalone" and I love to challenge you to create haiku or tanka according to the classical rules. (See CDHK Lecture One).

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 17th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

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