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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

By Blossom

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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

By Blossom

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Chosen One

Inspired by the prompt “one” at

volition denied
chosen one of prophecy
destiny fulfilled

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

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

 

Feb

23

By Blossom

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Spider

Inspired by the prompt “spider” at

 
useful companion
decorating the corner
spider feasts on bugs

 
zoo spider web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

photo by otterblossom

 
glittering with dew
nature’s delicate artwork
strung up as a snare

Feb

14

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Carpe Diem’s Theme Week #1
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

“Everyone of us will once face death, that idea makes us sad and anxious, but it is inevitable, but as you can face your mortality than that will keep your life in balance”. Sogyal Rinpoche

bloom fades to darkness
winter sleeps time without sun
spring buds burst again

Feb

6

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Brighid Along Day 9 – Healer

Brighid Along Day 9 — Healer

Moderation in all things leads to wellbeing in spirit, body, and mind. Healers discern where we are out of balance and judiciously use their skills to bring us back to health. (Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz)

mending minds, bodies, and souls
cleansing away pollution
renewing motivation
walk with me, Healer

Feb

6

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Brighid Along Day 8 – Hearth Fires

Brighid Along Day 8 — Hearth Fires

The hearth fire flames at the heart of the home. As we each worship at our own hearths, we feed the flame of devotion and sacrifice, both without and within. Tending the hearth fire is the most basic act of piety. (Diane “Emerald” Bronowicz)

hearth maiden
keeper of the flames
burning bright
standing watch
over our homes and loved ones
walk with me, dear Brighid

Feb

5

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Brighid Along Day 7 – Sacred Wells

Brighid Along Day 7 — Sacred Wells

Like pilgrims who travel to sacred places in search of answers, as we travel through this life we gain wisdom if we actively seek to learn from our experiences. As Mistress of the Sacred Wells, Brighid bestows the waters of wisdom upon those who seek her blessings. (Diane “Emerald”)

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Chapel and St Mary’s Well in Newcastle upon Tyne in England. Remnants of offerings, candles, and flowers remained at both locations. My sister sacrificed yarn from her scarf so that I could add my offering tied to the tree above the well.

Well haiga