Blossoms

a blackbird whistles in a cloud of pink blossom announcing the day these cherry blossoms each one a microcosm painted by nature Kim M. Russell, 2nd October 2018 My response to Carpe Diem #1511 Basho’s Blossoms (Revise That Haiku) Today it’s the second letter in the alphabet, B for Basho’s blossom, and the challenge is […]

Of Age and Cherry Trees

inside the temple visitors cannot know cherries are blooming their ephemeral flowers blushing like youthful geisha the old woman a cherry tree blooming in old age is something to remember branches laden with blossom trembling in a brisk spring breeze what a sprout a dewdrop seeps down the nodes of generations of bamboo youthful innocence […]

Awake

awake before dawn — the creak of the wooden stairs swollen with the heat Kim M. Russell, 10th June 2018 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #36 “like Basho” This weekend’s meditation special feature is a new one called ‘Deep Within Self’, in which the goal is to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese […]

Rabbit Ear Iris

starlit looking glass ripples distort the surface your face an iris Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #3 Rabbit Ear Iris In today’s episode of this CDHK special feature, our challenge is to create a haiku by ‘fusing’ the following haiku by Basho: rabbit-ear iris how much it looks like its […]

Beachcombing

shell secrets swept clean carried on the ocean’s breath only seagulls cry Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to Carpe Diem Crossroads #1 Introduction to a new feature and a first try I love Chèvrefeuille’s new feature which he says will help to improve our haiku skills by challenging us to create new haiku inspired […]