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Carpe Diem Haiku Kia

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

Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem #1806 Unconditional Love


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


Carpe Diem #1804 New Beginnings … candlelight

Candlelight -Fusion-ku


a new year
rising from wild seas
a few stars

the glass with candlelight

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)


beyond wild seas
champagne colored stars rising
filling the new year

beyond wild seas
searching for your vessel
disquieted heart

champagne colored stars rising
shinning upon the waves
bringing light and hope

filling the new year
with songs and prayers of joy
as you approach


\Carpe Diem #1802 New Beginnings … without beginning

Without Beginning -ēnso

day after day
waves break upon the rock
as first light spreads

single enos
found in the empty circle
all I didn’t know

before you nothing
your love all encompassing
forever one


without a clue
naked and mysterious
enos paining

meanings ebb and flow
in the beholder’s eyes


Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #112 Transformation … sketching from life (Shiki’s Shasei technique)

kaboocha yori nasu muzukashiki shasei kana

Sketching from life —
\eggplants are harder to do
than pumpkins.             © Masaoka Shiki (Tr. Burton Watson)

in the hot afternoon sun
fruits wither before capturing

In Deep Prayer

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #111 Troiku … New Beginnings … Lotus starts to bloom

in deep prayer
eyes closed in devotion –
Lotus starts to bloom



in deep prayer
grandmother chants
a favorite verse

eyes closed in devotion
she slowly nods
mother smiles faintly

lotus starts to bloom
whistling kettle, sweet aroma
draw her back again

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day


the town clock strikes
a quick peck on the cheek
and back to your book


clear night air
stars seen through the ages
mark another year


dandelion leaves
deer forage far from home
New Years Day


amber light
bathes the winter garden
first sunrise

First Day of Spring

Carpe Diem #1617 The start of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, the first day of spring

frenzy at the feeders
wind and snow tango
first day of spring

Winter Storm

Carpe Diem #1592 Storm

winter ice storm
power lines  snap with weight
we sit in darkness


winter winds howl
windows rattle sharply
our nerves shaken


wet snowflakes  gather
piling up on the streets
wonderland of white

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