Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku



Trying to Restart Again

Carpe Diem #1846 Trying to restart again

wet spring
discarding drown plants
setting new seedlings

replacing flowers
by the cold wet stone
spring hatchlings chirp
tears dried, visits lessen
conversation growing thin


Carpe Diem #1833 butterfly

butterfly hatching
my daughter’s eyes
tell a story 


tattered wings
sail into autumn skies
were you kept too long


my grandson squeals
hanging on an orange lily
hatching butterfly 


over the years
butterfly fascination
stirring hopes and dreams
every hatching imbued
secrets and memories


Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary, October 2020: Carpe Diem #1831 Dolphins

morning sun
swimming pod glistens
heavenly sight


evening tide
dolphins brining luck
to fishermen’s nets


Delphinus leaps high
lighting the northern sky
this late summer night
Arion the grateful poet
soothes the sky with his lyre

Moon Dragon


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



(Image created in photoshop elements)


Carpe Diem #1803 New Beginnings … snowdrops

new patch of snowdrops
rushing to pick springs first blooms
barefoot on fresh snow
sparse strip of green grass
dotted with white gravel


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

Icicles (Tsurara) 2

Carpe Diem #1585 icicles (tsurara)


ice wall glistens
reflection creating
fantasy grotto



winter dusk
sunset bleeds
across the snow
hanging icicles reflect
fading colors



heavy winter storm
even the bird feeder
encased in glass


Carpe Diem #1545 The Water Fowl (crossroads)

the water-fowl
pecks and shivers
the moon on the waves  © Zuiryu

scooping up the moon
in the wash bassin,
and spilling it   © Ryuho

I kept hanging the moon
on the pine tree, and taking it off,
gazing at it the while  © Hokushi


gulping the moon
water fowl spills its contents
into the waves

gulping the moon
shaped biscuits secretly
gull races away

water fowl spills its contents
as plover and willet
peck and scoop

into the waves
a pelican dives
dosing the moon


Carpe Diem #1533 Xenolith



tumultuous changes
embraced by your family
I still stand out
smiling you whisper
“Diamonds are xenoliths.”

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