Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


May 2015

To Hear the Wild Goose

Carpe Diem #746 to hear th wild goose

kari kiki ni miyako no aki ni omomuka n

to hear the wild goose
is my reason to go
to the capital in autumn    (c) Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)


across the lake
the sound of the wild geese
fades into sunset



Carpe Diem #745

tsuki shiro ya hiza ni te o oku yoi no yado

holding their hands on their knees
evening at a house           © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Image credit: WallRart

My attempt at a Hokku.  This was a quick break, due to a quilting miss hap and dead lines. Won’t bore you here,  if interested see my quilting blog : Dolores Quilts

holding their hands on their knees
evening at a house                           © Basho

old blankets gathered
heading into the night air

sitting in the dark
eyes begin to adjust
first bright star appears

stretch out on the driveway
unspoken words gathering

as the father speaks
children follow his finger
counting the stars

Vega shines bright
whole constellations unfold

lightening bugs waltz
small hands grab at the lights
cupped hands glow

interest fades, beds sweetly call
one dreams under flower moon

A River Breeze

Carpe Diem # 744 a river breeze

kawa kaze ya   usu gaki ki taru   yu suzumi 

a river breeze
the one wearing a light persimmon robe
enjoying the coolness                                         © Basho (Tr. jane Reichhold)


by the falls
light spray shifts with the breeze
sudden coolness


on the river
the lads in their straw hats
launch a raft


on the bridge
the one in the yellow dress
laughs a spring breeze

Wrapped in a Straw Mat

Carpe Diem #741 wrapped in a straw mat

komo wo ki te   tare bito imasu   hana no haru

wrapped in a straw mat
who can this great one be?
flowers of spring                             © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)


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my winter garden
color blooms among dry leaves
bits of glass


still blossoming
in the snowy garden
my bottle tree


A Clam

Carpe Diem # 740 a clam

hamaguri no   futami ni wakare   yuku aki zo

a clam
torn from its shell
departing autumn                  © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

the last berry
plucked from the vine
by a raven


in the tide pool
one minnow left behind –
morning tide


on the shore
the last snowy egret


on the horizon
a pod of dolphin
journey home

A Lovely Name

Carpe Diem # 739 a lovely name

shiorashiki na ya komatsu fuku hagi susuki

a lovely name
at Little Pines blows
bush clover and thatch reeds   © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)


My  beautiful place is a library or quaint bookstore.

between these walls
the tomes offering worlds
of beauty and intrigue

fragile twigs

Carpe Diem  On The Trail With Basho Encore (2) fragile twigs

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn winds                              © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

‘Toshi’ refers to a very fragile paper made in China. The idea of the poem was that even a fragile twig could tear the paper or the twigs were too fragile to hold on to the Autumn leaves.


delicate branches
pink heads bent to the ground
after spring shower

Since the Cherry Blossoms

Carpe Diem #737 since the cherry blossoms

pine shows him
late cherries                  © Kyohaku

The pine of Takekuma was famous in poem and fact because it was split into two trunks. In an earlier version of this poem the first five sound units were: chiri-useru “cherry blossoms have completely fallen away.

since the cherry blossoms
I’ve waited three months to see
the twin-trunk pine                  © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

My  attempts ……………………………………….

no blooms again
disturbed by the move –
my peony bush




under summer trees
all season I long 
to see stars


The Childless Woman

Carpe Diem Special #148, Ransetsu’s “the childless woman”

umazume no hina kashizuku zo aware naru

the childless woman,
how tender she is
to the dolls!                           © Hattori Ransetsu (1654-1707)

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the childless woman
lingers at the playground
collecting laughter

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