Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


February 2020

Renga With … waiting for the full moon

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #116 Renga With … waiting for the full moon

in nooks and corners
cold remains:
flowers of the plum                          © Buson

spring breeze toys with my jacket
gilling the folds with winter

a dandelion
now and then interrupting
the butterfly’s dream                        © Chiyo-Ni

meadow grasses gently sway
on the edges of my dreams

the thunderstorm having cleared up
the evening sun shines on a tree
where a cicada is chirping               © Shiki

the laziness of summer
encompassing the last light

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

this midsummer’s night I too
await the goddess

the autumn wind:
thickets and fields also,
Fuha Barrier                                      © Basho

leaves swirl in the shallow waters
bumping the rock of Fuha

simply trust:
do not also the petals flutter down,
just like that                                      © Issa

Autumn’s colorful dance
will give way to a new spring

Valentine’s Day

Carpe Diem #1811 Valentine’s Day …

coldest day this year
we light all the candles
slow dancing for warmth


Day After Valentine’s

Carpe Diem #1812 The Day After Valentine’s Day …


day after valentine’s
needle bumping the turn table
clothes scattered on floor

day after valentine’s day
you wrap your arms around me
as I wash dishes

paper cards pinned
on the refrigerator
love frozen in time

Choka – Wedding Bells

Carpe Diem #1809 Wedding Bells
The choka can be almost any length, because its form depends on alternating phrases (or lines) containing either seven of five sound units (onji). The end of the poem is signaled by two lines of seven sounds. So the form is five/seven, five/seven, five seven, …. , seven/seven.   it is then followed by a tanka like envoy. This was a popular form of  Japanese poetry in the 9th century.

hands folded in prayer
eyes closed as if still sleeping
we each kiss your cheek
one hundred years old
mourned by all you touched
a life time of love
scattered over the seasons
nurturing many
friendships bathed in sunlight
blossoming through your kindness

the death bell tolls out
but is it for the mourning
or a wedding tune
this death day your reunion
your marriage in heaven

Dodoitsu & Acrostic Love Challenge

Carpe Diem #1808 LOVE acrostic challenge

Dodoitsu is a form of Japanese poetry developed towards the end of the Edo Period. Often concerning love or work, and usually comical, Dodoitsu poems consist of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme or metre.

An example of a Dodoitsu:

One Night
one night I searched for a star
what I found was a full moon
now my every day is
full of shooting stars

© Ben Gieske (2012)


Lavender scented candles
Oboe quietly trilling
Valentines waiting for exchange
Eating chocolate

Late night stroll, holding hands
Ordinary stars shine bright
Venus perched above our house
Enchanted evening

Happily waiting for you
Opening arms and heart wide
Me and you for an evening
Eternal love shade by two

A Stone For A Pillow

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #115 Transformation … a stone for a pillow


ishi makura shite ware semi ka naki shigure

a stone for a pillow
me, just another cicada …
so shrill, like crying

© Kawabata Boshatitle


so shrill, this cicada
both with a bed of hard rock
I also cry this long night
the morning will come too soon
but shadows will linger on

Moon Dragon


snowy evening
black cloud dragon rises
swallowing the moon
disappearing in the light
dispelling darkness



(Image created in photoshop elements)

Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem #1806 Unconditional Love


orange tabby, white pup
lie entangled in the sun
breeze ruffling fur

Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem #1805 Introducing our new Theme … Love month

 Unconditional love is a rare thing and so beautiful.  As a former teacher of special need children and as a hospice volunteer, I have gotten to see this in a parents love for a child, and in children caring for parents or spouses for their loved one with Alzheimers.


lost within
despite feeble hands and body
my love will sustain

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