Mar

18

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Inspired by the prompt “light” at

diffuse white light glows
everything ethereal
winter wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Mar

5

By Blossom

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Waste

Inspired by the prompt “waste” at

bare wasteland for miles
stillness pervades the desert
rain begins to fall
 

Sand verbena and white primroses blanket the desert

Spectacular ‘Super Bloom’ Is Just Days Away In This California Desert

Feb

16

By Blossom

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Brighid

Our writing group’s prompt for this month is to write something in honor of Brighid.

Brighid, Mistress of Poetry
Bring guidance from the east
Send inspiration dancing on the wind
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Matron of the Forge
Bring strength from the south
Send courage burning with the flame
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Lady of the Sacred Wells
Bring healing from the west
Send serenity in the water
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Foster Mother of Us All
Bring wisdom from the north
Send stability through the earth
Walk with us Brighid

Brighid, Goddess Divine
Bring your spark of spirit
Send us your love
Walk with us Brighid

Jan

21

By Blossom

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Picking Young Greens (wakanatsumi)

Picking Young Greens (wakanatsumi)

darkness envelopes
insatiable cravings
in search of young greens

Mid winter cravings, I think I’ve managed to add spinach every day for over a week.

Jan

20

By Blossom

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First Rooster Crowing (hatsutori)

First Rooster Crowing (hatsutori)

crowing his success
rooster beginning his term
inauguration

Jan

19

By Blossom

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Burning Ornaments (Sagichoo)

Burning Ornaments (Sagichoo)

cut pine drops needles
garland has all been eaten
bonfire warms the night

Jan

18

By Blossom

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Little New Year (Koshogatsu)

Little New Year (Koshogatsu)

first full moon rises
gleams on decorated twigs
good fortune alights

Jan

17

By Blossom

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Lion Dance (Shishimai)

Lion Dance (Shishimai)

sacred dance begins
driving evil spirits out
the lion roars tonight

Jan

12

By Blossom

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Card Games (Karuta)

Card Games (Karuta)

family circled
cards dealt out, game commences
played into the night

This episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai references Uta-garuta, a traditional Japanese New Year’s card game (that involves haiku!). Growing up, my family viewed every holiday as an excuse/reason to play cards, usually pinochle or hearts or 65.

Jan

8

By Blossom

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Sacred Arrow (Hamayumi or Hama Yumi)

Sacred Arrow (Hamayumi or Hama Yumi)

fortune and good luck
celebrate baby’s new year
with bow and arrows

Researching the topic also brought me to this site.

Jan

7

By Blossom

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First Market (Hatsuchi)

First Market (Hatsuchi)

searching the markets
perfect good luck charm awaits
after food vendors

Jan

5

By Blossom

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Mirror Rice Cakes (Kagamimochi)

Mirror Rice Cakes (Kagamimochi)

sunlit reflection
abundance in the mirror
through generations

I have not seen anywhere a connection between the daidai that sits atop the rice cakes and the sun, but that is how it struck me.

Jan

4

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Sacred Rope (Shimekazari)

Sacred Rope (Shimekazari)

paper lightning bolts
decorate her massive braid
ginkgo stretches high

Here is the haiku I wrote for this prompt two years ago.