above the temple hungry vultures soar and glide silent as the bells Kim M. Russell, 2nd March 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1821: Ryozenji (the first temple) From today, we are making a pilgrimage along a selection of the 88 temples on the island of Shikoku and will follow in the footsteps of thousands […]
so many temples echoing with pilgrims’ prayers peaceful path to zen Kim M. Russell, 2nd March 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1820: Introduction to Shikoku Island This March we will be walking the pilgrimage along the 88 temples on Shikoku Island together to find inspiration for Japanese poetry, following in the footsteps of Buddhists, […]
When my husband moved to Norfolk, we walked our dog on the beach in all kinds of weather. The best time was after the summer season, when sea frets rolled in at short notice. But they didn’t bother us, walking hand in hand, throwing a ball or a pebble for the dog. They seemed to […]
the colour of love in all my favourite songs Joni Mitchell’s Blue Kim M. Russell, 27th February 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1818: the colour of love Today the theme is ‘The Colour Of Love’ and we have a tanka by Jane Reichhold to inspire us: too old for new love the moon rises […]
moonlight moving with the gate as the servant girl takes an evening overhead branches entwined […]
the poise of a cat as it springs onto my lap vibrating purrs Kim M. Russell, 24th February 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1816: kittens This Friday will be the last day of February and Carpe Diem’s month of love, in which we’ve written about several kinds of Love; today our challenge is to […]
my grandfather I said I would marry him when I grew up Kim M. Russell, 22nd February 2020 My response to Carpe Diem #1815 Haiku: first love In Friday’s belated episode of Carpe Diem’s Haiku Kai, we are writing about first love.