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 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 […]

Winter Love

empty winter beach discarded clothes and footprints leading to the dunes Kim M. Russell, 5th June 2018 My response to Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #11 “a winter’s love” The first episode of ‘Crossroads’ for June is about love, using two haiku by our host: torn apart clothes thrown against a beach pole a winter’s love bare […]

Summer Solstice

sun-dappled mountains dog-day dancing in the stream a crystal rainbow sun-dappled mountains fluttering leaves filter heat a refreshing breeze dog-day dancing in the stream between dusty feet a shimmering fish a crystal rainbow reflections in the water interplay of light Kim M. Russell, 3rd June 2018  My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #35 Troiku […]

Dragonfly Wings and Sour Cherries

dragonfly wings red blur in the cherry tree sour fruit falls Kim M. Russell, 27th May 2018 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #34 Revise That Haiku … Kikaku’s Dragonfly In the last weekend Meditation of May our challenge is to revise a haiku by a classical haiku poet, attempting to improve the haiku […]