Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku



Seven Days Before Christmas Day 6

Seven Days Before Christmas -Day 6 presents

christmas-7 days


brightly wrapped gifts
waiting under the tree
child peers in awe


Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66 Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold

winter afternoon
fluttering on the lawn
a large butterfly
on closer inspection
only a leaf skeleton


in the garden
I search for signs of spring
daffodil leaves dawn
predictions of winter snow
overshadow my joy




End of Summer

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #59 Variety … “end of summer”

Chaffinch -by finchfight
Chaffinch -by finchfight

harvest moon
the fox gleans fallen grain
a mouse in shadow


the chaffinch
picks seed from spent coneflowers
crowned in morning glory


Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #58 Dodoitsu

A little known Japanese poetry form used mostly for songs handed down orally.  Dodoitsu poems consist of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme or metre.  I gave it a try and wrote two.


in the light of the full moon
a moonflower opens up
her star shaped face now full
one night for glory


a cool breath of autumn air
slips in through hidden crevice
caressing your bare shoulders
hints of summers end


Harvest Moon

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #56 Choka (or Nagauta), Japanese “long poem”


harvest moon rises
shedding it’s light in the fields
farmers continue
working late in the night
with crops gathered in
celebrations to follow
corn, squash, beans and rice
offered up in thanksgiving
orange haze of the moon
filling the sky with its glow
barn dances begin
young lovers walk in moonlight
hands gently touching
bewitched by the moon goddess
their lips softly meet
music spills into the night

(envoy or hanka)

summer forsaken
wild geese echo the wind
leaves begin to turn
waning moon looses its blush
people dream of spring planting

Tokubetsudesu #55

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #55 Jen (Blog It Or Lose It)

Picture Credit: Navicore
Picture Credit: Navicore

in the meadow
watching shooting stars
lost in ourselves
we travel the universe
one mystery at a time

Moonlight Tanka

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #54 lost in the woods about tanka


                               in waning moonlight
                               I scribble poetry and notes
                               adjectives flourish
                               unable to still my mind
                               I reminisce through the night


Full Circle Challenge “heaven”

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #52 full circle challenge “heaven”

  1. Heaven
  2. Clouds
  3. Palm tree
  4. Fountain
  5. Goddess
  6. Desert
  7. Jazz cafe
  8. Duke Ellington
  9. Summer night
  10. Honeysuckle
  11. Ancient road
  12. Hill


summer heavens
full of stars and clouds
palm tree silhouettes


fountain flows
from the goddesses’ vase
into the dessert


at the jazz café
Duke Ellington rendition
swinging summer night


honeysuckle lines
the ancient road
sweetening the hill


Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #51 classical way of writing haiku


dusty cover
lost within the pages
a magical dream

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