Haiku + Senryu

Haiku is a seasonal, reverent celebration of a subject (nature or people) trying to make a feeling.
Senryu tends to have a victim and may be humorous or irreverant trying to make a point.
- paraphrased from Michael Dylan Welch's Graceguts

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Early Blossoms

Sweet early blossoms
A wink of warmth heralding
New lives new journeys

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Early Blossoms

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Little butcher bird
Warms the chords of daylight song
With fluted colours

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Birdsong

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Still More in the Spirit of Masaoka Shiki...

Skies may be grumbling
Winds may be wild and frantic
But your church beams light

And your church beams light
Beyond the last rays of day
Like a neon sign

The reference to church in these haiku intends to suggest that sacred place within
as much as the sacred bricks and mortar that may be needed in physical realms.

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~
In the spirit of
Masaoka Shiki
tsuridoko ni irihi mori kuru shigemi kana 
the evening sun
filters through the undergrowth
onto the hanging bed
rai harete ichiju nu yuki semi no koe 
the thunderstorm having cleared up
the evening sun shines on a tree
where a cicada is chirping
Hump Day Haiku

Monday, 28 January 2013


Children are knowing
They can groove with the moment
We need their spirit

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ Children

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Wolf Moon

Midsummer moonlight
Like a heart beat on night winds
A perfect round pearl

And the wolf moon calls
Save your soul from frozen lands
Unchain your music

The January full moon is a midsummer moon in Australia

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ Wolf Moon
Haiku Heights ~ Rescue

Saturday, 26 January 2013


Eyes are a filter
You're never too old or young
To find the beauty

It's Australia Day today!

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Eyes

Friday, 25 January 2013


Main Street, Mornington markets are held each Wednesday.
These are the longest running street markets in Victoria, Australia - about 30 years.
The market is dedicated to Australian designed and made products.
Often, street musicians contribute to the atmosphere - from drums to violin.

Lively street markets
Silk and scent are no comfort
For a tethered dog

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Silk
Haiku Friday

Thursday, 24 January 2013


Heath on the Rosebud foreshore by Port Phillip Bay on the Mornington Peninsula

Ravaged by salt winds
Deprived of gifts from rich soils
Blinded by hot suns

Stands up to hot suns
Clings to the hope of pale sands
Heath on the foreshore

For more information on heaths in my world of Victoria, Australia, see HERE!

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Heath
Sensational Haiku Wednesday ~ Traditional ~ About Nature

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

More in the spirit of Masaoka Shiki...

lost feathers
make way for new wings
in new breezes

no peacocks
just humble creatures
seeking their flight

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~
In the spirit of
Masaoka Shiki

the peacock
spreading out his tail
in the Spring breeze

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Sweet Memories

A unique headstone
Festooned with magic wildlife
I found a kind soul

I found your spirit
Though our paths diverged in life
New sweet memories

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Sweet Memories
Haiku My Heart Friday

Monday, 21 January 2013


View of Melbourne across the Yarra River

It's bamboo city 
And the sugar cane grows tall
Seasonal harvest

Are bamboo and sugar cane related?
Yes. They're about as close as humans are to orangutans, or domestic cats to leopards: same family, different subfamilies. Both are members of the grass family (Poaceae). Bamboos comprise the tribe Bambuseae in the subfamily Bambusoideae; sugar cane makes up the genus Saccharum in the subfamily Andropogoneae.
- Ref: HERE
The Baby Panda Bamboo (Pogonatherum paniceum) is an interesting grass from the rainforests of south-east Asia. It is like a dwarf bamboo but is not a true bamboo and is more closely related to sugar cane. It can be used as a pot plant inside well-lit houses, balconies or as an interesting feature plant around ponds, steps or bordering gardens. It likes lots of moisture and will take filtered light to full sun.
- Ref: HERE

The poem, on the surface, is about the bamboo and sugar cane connection.
But behind the idyllic description lurks the expression "bamboo city".
For me, the city is like alluring bamboo pan pipes, like sweet opportunities to make a fortune.
The sugar cane = skyscrapers growing tall, like reaching for that elusive wealth.
The last line is a final, wry comment.
Fortunes may be made, but like the fickle stockmarket, like the changing seasons, fortunes change and fall.
But these are just my thoughts behind the reason for the haiku.
(Like an extended metaphor perhaps!)
If they are not there for you, they are not there.

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Bamboo

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Love story...

1. Muscovy duck (with the pink face) has been alone for a long time in the small Dromana wetlands on Boundary Road.
But a few days ago, I saw a new white duck.
And Muscovy had eyes in just one direction!

Love story unfolds
Timeless feeling of closeness
Feathers together

2. And the love story below has been unfolding for quite some time.
The guy (cockatoo) on the right has a broken wing, and yet he manages to fly.
But he can't get his wing back into its usual place.
It looks quite low in this photo.
However, in the last few months he has had a constant companion.

I am here to groom
I am here to fly with you
Be my love story

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ love story
Haiku My Heart

Friday, 18 January 2013


Circus acrobats
Flying spinners of magic
Painters of drama

NOTE: I am not comfortable with animals being used in circuses!

Linking to:
  Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Circus
Haiku Friday

Thursday, 17 January 2013

In the spirit of Masaoka Shiki...

cold winter blast
warm red gloves on my hands
glued with white ice

glued with white heat
reaching for echoes of
cold winter blast

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~
In the spirit of
Masaoka Shiki

cold winter blast
a cord of a sedge hat
cut into my neck

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


So often regarded as a herald of spring, Crocus is a member of the iris (Iridaceae) family, and is made up of around 80 species of late winter- and early springflowering corms. Their natural distribution range extends from central Europe to northern Africa and central Asia.
Ref: ABC Gardening Australia
These are some of my photos of irises.
I live in the south east of Australia and I have never seen a crocus, but I have seen many varieties of irises.
Apparently the crocus grow well in partial sunlight in rockeries.

In some northern lands
Of magical winter snows
Crocus break the spell

But in my warm climes
The crocus is like a dream
Small distant cousin

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Crocus
Hump Day Haiku

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Beyond the webbed grate
Yesterday's flames leap and burn
Now fickle embers

One ember burns bright
Like some wild scalding summer
Too hot for the soul

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