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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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.

Feb

14

By Blossom

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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

Jan

28

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Drinking Tea

Carpe Diem #905
Throw That Pebble #3 drinking tea

throw that pebble

drinking calming tea
after disastrous events
sitting together

This happened this past summer, at a gathering at a friend’s house. One of the other women crashed her car in the driveway. First responders, fire trucks, rescue trucks, ambulance, commotion and uproar. After the ambulance left, three of us sat in the living room, drinking tea, waiting for the shakes to slow, before journeying into the city to the hospital. (She’s recovered now, had a couple broken ribs, more likely from the airbag than anything else.)

Jan

25

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Hot Springs

Carpe Diem #903
hot springs

surrounded by warmth
hut tub mimics holy springs
snow melts above me

Jan

22

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Ten Techniques of Tanka

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66
Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques
by Jane Reichhold

 

Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold
1. Mystery and depth – yĆ«gentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness
2. Appropriate statement – koto shikarubeki
3. Elegant beauty – urawashiki tei, characterised by harmony, balance, and beauty of cadence
4. Conviction of feeling – ushintei
5. Lofty style – taketakaki tei, a method of achieving grandeur and elevation
6. Visual description – miru tei
7. Clever treatment – omoshiroki tei, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic
8. Novel treatment – hitofushi aru tei, Using an unusual or original poetic conception
9. Exquisite detail – komayaka naru tei, exact and precise details with often complex imagery
10. Demon-quelling – onihishigitei (or kiratsu no tei), characterised by strong or even vulgar diction and terms

 

cold clear winter night
silver expanse of silence
stars above beckon
pulling at my soul’s moorings
more than the warm candlelight

Jan

21

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Great Cold

Carpe Diem #900
Daikan (Great cold)

the great cold foretells
blizzard Jonas approaching
soft flakes drifting down

Winter Storm Jonas

Jan

19

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Snow Viewing

Carpe Diem #897
snow viewing

moonlight discovers
alien vistas to view
snow brightens the night

Jan

18

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Cherry Blossoms

Carpe Diem Vernacular #1
cherry blossom (kersenbloesem)

cherry blossoms fall
cascading with her laughter
sunshine in the leaves

Jan

17

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Clear Sky between Snowfall

Carpe Diem #898
Yukibare (clear sky between (after) snowfall)

silence of new snow
beneath a sky of azure
earth dreams memories

Jan

14

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Pussy Willow

Carpe Diem #896
Neko Yanagi (pussy willow)

Also inspired by The Legend of the Pussy Willow

rescuing kittens
compassion of the willow
grey fur begets spring

Jan

13

By Blossom

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Animals and Seasons

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #65
combining animals and seasons

chubby squirrel complains
munching on her acorn stash
ice coats the branches

Jan

1

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First Light of the Sun

Carpe Diem #888 Hatsuhikari (first light of the sun)

opening curtains
after days of freezing rain
first light of the sun