Calming Conifers

on a mountain top

crown of majestic cedars

sweet incense drifting


fragrance of needles

a soft cushion for my head

soothing me to sleep


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Calming Conifers

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My response to Carpe Diem #1041 Pines

Today’s prompt in the tribute month for Jane Reichhold is ‘pines’; it’s also a modern kigo for New Year, the classical 5th month. Chèvrefeuille has given us examples of haiku by Matsuo Basho  and by Jane herself:

pine and cedar
to admire the wind
smell the sound

pine wind
needles falling on the water’s
cool sound

© Basho (1644-1694; tr. Jane Reichhold)

ending the year
glint of candle light
on pine needles

sparkling branches
of the crooked shore pine
a hidden moon

© Jane Reichhold


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