Mar

18

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Inspired by the prompt “light” at

diffuse white light glows
everything ethereal
winter wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Mar

5

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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

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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

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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

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First Rooster Crowing (hatsutori)

First Rooster Crowing (hatsutori)

crowing his success
rooster beginning his term
inauguration

Jan

19

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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

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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

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Lion Dance (Shishimai)

Lion Dance (Shishimai)

sacred dance begins
driving evil spirits out
the lion roars tonight

Jan

12

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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

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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

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First Market (Hatsuchi)

First Market (Hatsuchi)

searching the markets
perfect good luck charm awaits
after food vendors

Jan

5

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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.

Jan

3

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2017 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Been a while since I did one of these. Signing up at Maiden level.

2017 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Jan

3

By Blossom

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First Sun (Hatsuhi)

First Sun (Hatsuhi)

first glimpse of the sun
after a long night’s vigil
reviving the soul

Jan

2

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Spring Kimono (Harugi)

Spring Kimono (Harugi)

new spring kimono
embodies fresh beginnings
first, remove the tags

Jan

1

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Last Year (Kozo)

Last Year (Kozo)

facing fears and doubts
last year tested my mettle
flowers blossoming

Dec

31

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New Year’s Eve (Shinnen)

Two years ago, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai used classical kigo (season words) for the fifth season of New Years as their prompts through January. I’m revisiting this archive of prompts. They started with New Year’s Eve (Shinnen).

 
Sun sets New Year’s Eve
Endings find new beginnings
Comfort in the dark
Games, food, laughter, and good times,
Evening with friends sets the tone

 
There is a superstition that however you spend New Year’s is how your year will go. (variations of this can be found at snopes.com)

Playing D&D when Squirtle appeared.

Playing D&D when Squirtle appeared.

Jul

7

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Heat Wave

Inspired by the prompt “wave” at

heat wave overwhelms
air thick with humidity
ice cubes in my hat

Apr

5

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Chosen One

Inspired by the prompt “one” at

volition denied
chosen one of prophecy
destiny fulfilled

Mar

29

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

I putzed around today, spring cleaning and such. Looked at Pinterest for dinner inspiration and found this.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

    Ingredients

      1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
      1/2 cup chicken broth
      1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
      1 teaspoon dried basil
      1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
      1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
      1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
      1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
      Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
      2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

    Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, brown sugar and garlic; set aside.
  • Season chicken breasts with basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place chicken breasts into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in balsamic vinegar mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

I reorganized the spice cabinet during my puttering today, but still no rosemary. So I replaced all the herbs with 3 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning. I stirred in a cup of minute rice 20 minutes before the end. It turned out AMAZING.

Mar

28

By Blossom

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Inspired by the prompt “cat” at

lucky calico
peace found before the Buddha
Nirvana at last

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Mar

14

By Blossom

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Pi Day

Happy Pi Day!
We celebrated pi day yesterday to coincide with (the weekend and) a friend’s birthday. My contribution to the pie buffet was an experimental, hodgepodge, cobbled-together meat pie. I used crescent roll dough for the crusts. Half I made with and half without an upper crust. My inspiration came from Pinterest, here and here, and I was quite pleased with the result. Other offerings on the table included quiche, pizza, pigs in a blanket, Boston cream pie/cake, cheesecake, various fruit pies.

    Ingredients

      diced green bell pepper
      diced celery, onion, carrot
      2 cloves garlic
      2 lbs cooked ground beef
      1 cup beef broth
      1 teaspoon curry
      1 teaspoon nutmeg
      3 tablespoons HP sauce
      homemade bbq sauce (1 T brown sugar, 1 T balsamic ketchup, ground mustard, paprika, salt, pepper)
      1 tablespoon flour
    Directions

  • sauté bell pepper, celery, onion, carrot, and garlic
  • add in beef
  • mix in curry, nutmeg, HP sauce, and bbq sauce
  • mix in broth, simmer for 5 minutes
  • mix in flour, simmer about 15 minutes more
  • arrange crescent roll dough in muffin tins
  • fill with meat mixture, cover with upper crust, if desired
  • bake at 350 F for about 12 minutes

Mar

13

By Blossom

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Mind

Inspired by the prompt “mind” at

never mind, she said,
as hopes and dreams slipped away,
doesn’t matter now

Mar

9

By Blossom

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In defiance of extinction

Inspired by the prompt “safe” at

as well as the news story of the wild sea otter birth outside of Monterey Bay Aquarium this weekend.

seeking safe harbor
wild sea otter climbs ashore
giving birth on rocks

giving birth on rocks
sheltered by the Great Tide Pool
seen by guests and staff

seen by guests and staff
beside the aquarium
miracle of life

miracle of life
baby cradled by mother
seeking safe harbor