Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


September 2017

Courtyard Blues

Carpe Diem #1262 courtyard blues



saxophone notes
spilling into the courtyard
all of my blues



Pleasure of Reading

 Carpe Diem #1261 The Pleasure of Reading

The Pleasure of Reading
The Pleasure of Reading

long sleepless night
the pleasure of reading
brings me company

On the River

Carpe Diem Weekend-meditation #3 on the river

on the river
lights float to the horizon
the dead rejoice                                 © Basho         

floating candles
floating lights

on the river
paper lanterns
set adrift

lights float on the horizon
guiding the departed
to the spirit world

the dead rejoice
as spirits return
from whence they began




Creating Beauty

Carpe Diem #1259 creating beauty
Today’s prompt reminded me of the first time I got to try to make pottery on a wheel in my best friend’s basement.

fresh slab of clay
wedging air bubbles
spinning and shaping

fresh slab of clay
cut with wire from a block
a treat from you dad

wedging air bubbles
hands full of fatigue
not done yet

spinning and shaping
vessel beginning to emerge
collapsing again


from experience
your vessel holds it’s shape
a thing of beauty
forty odd years on my desk
token of youth and friendship

Daily Bread

Carpe Diem #1258 daily bread

Today’s image of a bakery prompted three responses


heart of the city
profusion of warmth and smells


warmth of the hearth
scent of bread and smoke


grandma’s kitchen
cardamon mingles with clove
love brushed with butter

Blue Wisteria

Carpe Diem #1257 Wisteria Blues (Jonathan Reid)

Wisteria Blossom
Wisteria Blues by Jonathan Reid

blue wisteria
cascades over bridge


moonlight swim
under the wisteria fountain
we kiss


lighted bridge
wisteria reflections

Grains of Sand

carpe diem 1256 grains of sand

like grains of sand
spread thin


desert sands
scatter in the winds
my heart

A hundred Gourds

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #2 Troiku “a hundred gourds”

Chiyo-Ni haiku gourds (1)

a hundred gourds
sprouting on top
the compost heap

from the heart
growth overflowing
shades of green

of one vine
twisting and turning
many fruits

In My Garden

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #2 Troiku “a hundred gourds”

in my garden
starflowers bloom
come and see                          © Chiyo-Ni (age 6)


in my garden
butterflies dance
with dragonflies

starflowers bloom
along the pathway
gems of white

come and see
crawling on the fennel
fat caterpillars


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