Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku

Spring Shawl

Carpe Diem #1191 (spring) shawl or haru shoru

grandmother’s blue shawl
still perfumed with the spring wind
and the scent of home

Spring Wind

Carpe Diem #1190 spring wind (supuringu waindo)


spring wind
grass ruffles and bends
violets quiver



scent of lilac
carried on the spring wind
rousing moonlight


spring wind
tickles flowering clusters
on the maple tree



Basho’s Old Pond

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #14 Basho’s “Old Pond”


a large frog lands
in the birdbath

Credit :Den Zen

walking by ponds edge
loud splash of a frog jumping
both of us startled


Basho’s old pond
long since silenced
sound only memory





Unmelted Snow

Carpe Diem #1187 unmelted snow (yuki no hate / zansetsu)

unmelted snow
weights the jonquil’s head
early spring



spring crocus
breaking through
unmelted snow


head bowed
beneath unmelted snow
early rose


last years flowers
encased in frozen tomb
longing for the sun

Haiku #6 The Spiritual Way

Carpe Diem Namasté, The Spiritual Way #6 Haiku’s State of Mind – Zen

empty hallway
the wind blows the curtain
stirring memories


morning mist
wraps the day
in emptiness




Carpe Diem #1181 broken heart

 Flower Natural Pink Nature Bleeding Heart

trimming the rose bush
planted our first summer
still missing you


a prick of a thorn
drawing a drop of blood
reopening wounds


petals unfold
heartache lessens
day by day

A Drop of Rain

Carpe Diem #1182 drop of rain

by itself
a single drop is just a drop
together a storm


a drop of water
reflecting on itself
all its world


in a single drop of water
perfect ecosphere


Carpe Diem Universal Jane #13 Sijo the Korean poem


fragrant blossom quivers; awaiting night pollinator
moonlight illuminating the milky white beauty
alone in the garden, unfulfilled we wait.

The Sijo. like the haiku it is to ancient Chinese patterns, but it is older than the haiku.The  Korean Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totaling between 44-46 syllables.   A pause breaks each line approximately in the middle; it resembles a caesura but is not based on metrics.   The sijo may be narrative or thematic, introducing a situation or problem in line 1, development or “turn” in line 2, and resolution in line 3. The first half of the final line employs a “twist”: a surprise of meaning, sound, tone or other device. The sijo is often more lyrical, subjective and personal than haiku, and the final line can take a profound, witty, humorous or proverbial turn. Like haiku, sijo has a strong basis in nature, but, unlike that genre, it frequently employs metaphors, symbols, puns, allusions and similar word play.

True Silence

Carpe Diem Namasté The Spiritual Way #5 self consciousness


devoid of silence
life careens out of control
– a noisy gong

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