Fireflies

longing for the grass at the bottom of the pool those fireflies Buson longing for the grass chlorophyll and oxygen luminous bubbles at the bottom of the pool hidden secret world shadows and light those fireflies hovering deliciously surreptitious frog Kim M. Russell, 29th October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1771 Troiku Challenge: Firefly […]

Ancient Roads

beneath the tarmac ancient footprints left behind forever frozen Kim M. Russell, 6th October 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #105 Turn Back Time For the first weekend meditation of October 2019, when we are celebrating Carpe Diem’s 7th anniversary, we have a new feature: ‘Turn Back Time’; we’re revisiting challenges we’ve had […]

Photoshopping Buson’s Camellia

blushing bud unfurls in the glass polisher’s hand a camellia Kim M. Russell, 29th September 2019 My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #104 Photo-shopping Haiku “Camellia” (Yosa Buson) In this new weekend meditation, we have an episode of ‘Photo-shopping Haiku’ and a haiku by Buson (1716-1784): tama-suri-no zayu ni hiraku tsubaki kana Unfolding at […]

A Handsome Duck

red-faced and whiskered dipping his beak water-deep handsome Mandarin Kim M. Russell, 21st January 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1589 mandarin ducks (oshidori) Today is a reprise episode of ‘mandarin ducks’, which is a classical kigo for winter. We also have a few haiku with this kigo as examples:  furu ike no oshidori ni […]

Chrysanthemum and Geese

white bloom in the sky carved by geese calligraphy chrysanthemum moon white bloom in the sky undisturbed by drifting clouds mirrored in a pond carved by geese calligraphy scribbles in the sky a silver message chrysanthemum moon petals ruffled by a breeze a drifting feather Kim M. Russell, 5th August 2018 My response to Carpe […]

Waterfalls of Osaka

crystal droplets bounce orchestra of waterfalls releases rainbows Kim M. Russell, 2017 Kema-cho, Osaka Prefecture in autumn and a waterfall somewhere around Kema-cho My response to Carpe Diem #1160 Kema, birth-place of Yosa Buson Today on our journey through Japan we have reached the region in which Yosa Buson (1716-1784) was born, Kema Settsu Province, nowadays known as […]