Winter Reflections

tinkling icicles an icy wind brings more snow whistling in chimneys daybreak memories bright sunflowers and cornfields smell of morning toast Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #24 Revise That Haiku … Improve your haiku writing skills This weekend our challenge is to revise two classical haiku by well-known haiku poets […]

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 […]

Yūgen

an unblemished sky winter is a silent flood where are the clouds? Kim M. Russell, 2018 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #18 Yugen, a new feature For this weekend meditation, Chèvrefeuille has created a new feature: Yūgen, which he says is usually defined as ‘mystery’ and ‘unknowable depth’. He explains that haiku poets use […]

My first Cherita

winter sun has woken sombre sharp-suited magpies clatter in the trees the garden is elemental a gathering of gnarled and feathered sentinels Kim M. Russell, 2018   My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #17 Out of The Carpe Diem Box Chèvrefeuille has surprised us with a new Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation feature, called ‘Out […]

Mother Holle

Loaves steam, apple scent curls and twists from the cauldron; hot breathy spells rise and pop with piquant punctuation in Mother Holle’s kitchen. Her sinister hand conjures incantations, her dexter spins and weaves them needle prick by needle prick into something lyrical and more poetic. She no longer has the youth and charms to lure […]