Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


July 2018

An abandoned Boat

Carpe Diem #1479 abandoned boat


melancholy day
even the boats lack desire
to sail


Ancient Warriors

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #41 Soliloquy no Renga “ancient warriors ghosts”


ancient warriors ghosts
mists over the foreign highlands –
waiting for the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

dragon fires forge
bright stars in the night

waking dreams aroused
old memories charged
stirrings of discord

predawn light
cracks open the darkness

mists disperse
as sun’s first rays
caress the highlands

ancient warriors rest
troubled sleep abated

Crossroads: Chilly Coolness

Carpe Diem Crossroads #13 chilly coolness
two haiku to work with:

chilly coolness
my feet on the wall
for a midday nap

the color of wind
planted artlessly
in a garden of reeds

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

colorful wind
afternoon serenade
flowers sway along


colorful wind
twirling all the linen
this wash day

afternoon serenade
resting in the oak’s shade
feet dangling in brook

flowers sway along
as the air is stirred
by working women





Carpe Diem #1472 emptiness


morning coolness
last night’s moonflower
still perfumes  the air

Summer Breakfast

Carpe Diem #1471 Summer Breakfast

empty breakfast table
view from the terrace
sustains my soul

Photo by Melissa from Pexels

outdoor breakfast
peal of grandchildren’s laughter
lights the neighborhood

Sparkling Stars #40

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #40 Sparkling Stars … “the autumn full moon”


autumn moon rising
reflects beauty of her heart –
nature’s song calling





A Distant Mountain

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #40 Troiku Challenge “a distant mountain”
a distant mountain
seen in the sunlight:
a desolate field

a leaf of a paulownia tree
has fallen
in the sunlight

© Takahama Kyoshi (Tr. Katsuya Hiromoto)

mountain paulownia tree
he last leaf falls silently

in the sunlight

mountain paulownia tree
eep purple shadows
bathed in stories

the last leaf falls silentl
no one around to see
it’s departure

in the sunlight
tales of the past
no longer remembered

Wind in the Verdure

Carpe Diem #1464 wind in the verdure (aoarashi)


neighbor’s pool
captures the sky
in a half moon
wind in the green leaves
whispering of change




Logged Tree

Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #2 logged tree

the blue sea
in waves smelling of saké
tonight’s full moon

together at the cliffs edge
our first kiss

early summer rain
the green of a rock cypress
lasting how long

loves first blush
begins to fade

on a bare branch
a crow settled down
autumn evening

the sound of your voice
echoes hollowly

logged tree
see the larger cut end is
a harvest moon

joys of the season
wither too soon

Haiku © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

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