Saturday, January 03, 2015

First Sun (of the new year)

Shining on hillside
Jack Rabbits welcome first sun
Scurry home, make nest
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Photo is from file "2015 OP" and it came from our neighbor who sent us a 'snow picture'  from her back porch at her other place

Poem Copyright, © 2015 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

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Credits: photo
Oh to be cool
Hot days dream of icy lake
Skate into the spray
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Poem Copyright, © 2015 Jimmiehov

Today I'm linked with  
at Carpe Diem Special #125, Sogi's first "this autumn sky"

Kristjaan wants us to write in the vein opened by Iio Sogi, a pre-Basho haiku poet.  Here is a model for us, one of his works (I believe that his early copyright has expired by now). 

ah, for coolness,
it rivals the water's depth -
this autumn sky

© Iio Sogi (1421-1502)
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(in my PJs)
Me?  I got cooled off
just going out this morning
getting the paper


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Friday, January 02, 2015

An Orange 'play it again' -- Carpe Diem

Orange Cézanne
Wonderful find
Flowers, roof, heart, in orange
Paul Cézanne in Albi
Original painting in
Henri Lautrec's Museum

[Mrs. Jim and I] found this original in the Lautrec Museum in Albi, France. It is by Paul Cézanne (1839 to 1906) and yes, he was pretty quirky, both artists were. (Cézanne Wikipedia link)

In just a lot of his pictures you can see Mont Sainte-Victoire as in this one. It is a mountain in Provence, France. Cézanne can see the whole view of the mountain from his house near Aix-en-Provence. He drew a series of oil paintings about or using his favorite mountain of his.

Photos Copyright, © 2009 Jimmiehov (link);
Poem and written material Copyright, © 2015 Jimmiehov,
All Rights Reserved
Today I am linked with

We were requested to find a haiku written about "orange" from the past posts.  I wasn't writing many haiku back then, certainly none emphasizing "orange".  But I did have this wonderful picture with Orange find from a travel post back in 2009 (link).

Other Orange pictures in posts:  Cable Car and Lady Bug.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

One Poem from Last Year -- "The Barren Woman" Repeated -- Carpe Diem

Fix my goof.  The assignment was to comment with Haiku about last year's writing here.

Very good last year
Learned some new forms and techniques
Can't remember now

At first this is how I thought I was supposed to go.  WRONG but here it is:

Our instructions for the first post of the new year is to choose a poem from last year's writing and make it the first post of the new year for Carpe Diem, Carpe Diem #639, Last Year (Kozo) (link). 

I choose this one:

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Barren Woman -- today's poem for Carpe Diem    

The Barren Woman
Try to make amends
Help puppies; orphaned children
Barren woman dire
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Picture and Poem Copyright, © 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

Notes, on how I felt about my attempt to follow the instructions given below:
 - Puppies for my seasonword (kigo),  from list of season "words" approved for haiku, link.
 - Comma  for my  cuttingword (kireji, in western mostly interpunction) to start revert thought to basic theme (link to explanatory definitions and examples)
 - First and third line interposed (might make it better?):

 - - Barren woman dire
 - -Help puppies; orphaned children
 - -Try to make amends

- A short moment.  This was hardest of the criteria for me as I think it reads better if the woman used 'helping puppies' as a lifetime avocation rather an immediate action.  It would then read thus:

 - - Tries to make amends
 - - Helps puppies; orphaned children
 - - Barren woman dire

 - I will let the last, a deeper meaning, for you to be found.  To me it's meaning was in line with Jesus Christ's love for children (Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven”).

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Today I am linked to
Carpe Diem "Sparkling Stars" #13, " "

 - Following is a part of the Carpe Diem instructions for today found in the above linked site.  It includes directions.  I tried to diligently follow the six-part instruction list printed in GREEN for my haiku.  See my "notes" above about my feel on how well I followed.

"""- the childless woman,
- - - -how tender she is
- - - -to the dolls!
© Ransetsu (Tr. Blyth)

[photo furnished with directions (below), courtesy of 
"It’s a gorgeous haiku full of compassion for this woman without children. He sees her taking care for the dolls as were they real children. How much pain and sadness this woman will have had as she couldn’t have children or maybe she had children, but they died ... it’s not clear.
Use your  imagination to see this scene in front of your eyes and try to write/compose an all new haiku following the classical rules:"
+ 5-7-5 syllables
+ a seasonword (kigo)
+ a cuttingword (kireji, in western mostly interpunction)
+ a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water
+ interchangable first and third line
+ a deeper meaning

Not an easy task I think, but I know you will succeed """
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"Walking the Thames" -- a Kikôbun (travel journal with Poem) -- Carpe Diem

Walking the Thames . . . . . .
Mrs. Jim, our Grand-daughter KP, and I
walked the Thames from Vauxhall to the
London Eye.  Mrs. Jim and I love to walk
the rivers. The River Seine in Paris and
the Thames in London are our favorites.
On this day KP did some of her walking the
tops of the walls lining the sidewalk.  That
wasn't super easy and oft times she would
have to get down and portage, go around.
Today she met the dark
Under Westminster Bridge
Scary trolls beneath
Safe above, Grandpa below
He fought off the trolls for her


Reached destination 
Needed a ticket to ride 
Then views from the sky
 Next to Westminster Station
Tube to home, had walked two miles

You can click on any picture for full size view.  Back Button to return to page.
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Photo and Poem Copyright, ©  2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

(Maps are "Print Screen" captures I made of Google Maps)

Today I'm linking with 
Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #40 "Kikobun" by Hamish Managua Gunn (link)
What's a Kikobun?  "The Japanese literary travel journal (kikôbun) has been closely related to poetry. It characteristically weaves poems and the introductory narratives in a sequential order."  I used two tanka verses to complete with poetry.
Note:  On the upper map, Vauxhall is at the bottom with the London Eye at the top, both bordering the Thames River.  The top picture was taken from KP's flat looking South along the Thames.  Our journey would be North.  Walking up was 1.3 miles, 0.3 miles walking around the site, and another 0.4 miles to the Tube Station at Westminster for our ride back to Vauxhall.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Fireworks and Snow -- Carpe Diem

 . . . . . . . . Fireworks and Snow;
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year's end

Elegant display
Illuminates, colors the air
Brightens my soul

   Fading dulled petals
Fell like goats' dark droppings
Fresh snow cover bids cheer
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Senryū and Haiku Poems Copyright,
©  2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
Photos from December 29 and 28
where the Carpe Diem prompts year end (link) and fireworks (link) were suggested.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Katrin at the stair -- Carpe Diem

Katrin at the stair
Come down, join the rest
Care, bottom step, yellow stripe
Oops, dogs, color blind
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Photo and Poem Copyright, ©  2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

Today I'm linking with 

Kristjaan's instructions are " For now .... be inspired and share your haiku in the same spirit as the one by Richard Wright with us all."

Richard Wright's poem:
just around the corner
welcoming a new spring
cherrytrees blooming

Note:  Katrin, our toy poodle died this year, December 12 (link).

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