Summer

Forest shadows are deepening, roses are in bloom and spring is a forgotten dream. Today is a slip of tan sand, a sliver of salt marsh and the sea, slow as wrinkling oil, bobs boats, dappling the honey-hued harbour with licks of salt to mark the tide and fresh puddles on the quay-side. Kim M. […]

Winter and Summer Sedōka

a naked landscape of icy geometry black branches against grey sky swirling skirts of mist sharp scent of snow-covered pines words float in white clouds of breath riotous colour the ripening of cornfields splash of yellow sunflowers bees humming mantras from honeysuckle to rose blessing the summer garden Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to […]

Swamp

humidity drips spongy swamp grass and sphagnum squelching underfoot Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1226 swamp Today we have a modern kigo, taken from A Dictionary of Haiku by Jane Reichhold, which one wouldn’t immediately associate with summer: swamp. He has also shared a haiku written by […]

Summer Love

two white butterflies spiralling among flowers star-crossed summer love Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on telegraph.co.uk My response to Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #3 classical haiku In this week’s ‘weekend meditation’, Chèvrefeuille has brought us an episode ‘Writing and Enjoying Haiku’, inspired by Jane Reichhold’s book. In the last episode, we had […]

Raspberry

raspberry kisses taste of juicy earthiness patience rewarded Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1223 Raspberry Today we have another classical kigo from the Shiki Saijiki, a classical anthology of kigo (seasonwords): ‘raspberry’ (Kiichigo), with an example by Jane Reichhold: low winter sun raspberry leaves glow red and […]

Deserted Beach

abandoned by waves sunlight traces sparkling salt driftwood comes alive Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem #1222 Beach In a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, in a month in which we are exploring classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords) for summer, today’s prompt is a modern kigo […]