Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


April 2017

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

Psalm 7:14–16

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. 15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. 16 The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.

Beware you who are filled with evil,
you who breathe falsehoods,
you who stir up agitation and panic.
Oh you who cause the poor to be disheartened,
you who have dug a trench of wrong doings, 
be careful less you plunge in.
Beware you evildoer pregnant with mischief
 for the troubles you will cause rain on you head,
your cruelty will be repaid in full.

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

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