I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

These poems are works in progress and may be updated without notice. Nevertheless copyright applies to all writings here and all photos (which are either my own or used with permission). Thank you for your comments. I read and appreciate them all, and reply here to specific points that seem to need it — or as I have the leisure. Otherwise I reciprocate by reading and commenting on your blog posts as much as possible.

20 May 2017

Fragment and Phrase

rainy night
my cat wakes up 


my friend cooks
in my kitchen
purring cat


cold night out
bent over the stove
she warms food


morning fog lifts
the warble of magpies
fading as they fly

At Carpe Diem we are asked to write 'fragment and phrase' haiku in honour of the late Jane Reichhold. (Hope I got these right!)

Dandelion, dandelion – tan renga

dandelion dandelion
on the sandy beach
spring opens its eyes                  © Ogiwara Seisensui

a new morning 
blooms shiny gold                     © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


awakening to sunshine
and sparkling ocean                   © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

Written for Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #12

(I found this one really difficult to extend – probably because I regard the original haiku as complete and perfect in itself.)

17 May 2017

Taste of Nature – tan renga

taste of nature–
sweet blackberry bushes
sing to child and bees                        © Sara McNulty

the hum of pleasure deepens
through the sunny afternoon              © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


the tart-sweet juices spread,
reddening mouths and fingers            © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

For Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #11

And linking to Poet s United's Poetry Pantry #354

16 May 2017

An Autumn Leaf – tan renga

now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other—thus it falls,
an autumn leaf                                        © Ryokan Taigu

the light face, the dark face, 
are only one leaf, one whole                 © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


a butterfly rises
its bright wings flickering                      © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

For Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #10 at Carpe Diem

Also linking to Tuesday Platform May 16 2017 at 'imaginary garden with real toads'

15 May 2017

Leaves Float Away – tan renga

autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away                             © Dolores Fegan

darkness settles slowly
warm like prayers answered            © Rosemary Nissen-Wade 


my outdoor temple breathes
peaceful in the soft breeze               © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

Another  prompt from Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem: 
Tan renga challenge 2017 #9.

14 May 2017

Mother's Day Haiku

hot tomato soup
brown bread broken into it –
mother’s comfort food


my pretty mother –
different from her 
I felt ugly


I was her first –
she told me, when I cried 
she cried too


did she know me
as her only daughter
that last day?

Written for the 'Mother's Day' prompt by Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem. 

Also linking to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #353

13 May 2017

Attempting a Haiku Puzzler

Rules of the game:

The goal is to re-create the scrambled haiku of three haiku poets, but to make it somewhat more difficult, I have used four scrambled haiku.

Below you find an image in which you can find all the lines of these three haiku. To find the three haiku you get three hints:

1. This haiku poet brought haiku into the 20th century by mentioning a modern invention.

2. This haiku is renown all over the globe.

3. At the end of the life of a haiku poet the custom was to write a Jisei (death-poem). This is the jisei of a famous female poet.

To make the "haiku puzzler" complete you have to submit the three found haiku including the name of the haiku poet.

Scrambled lines:

I can get 2 and 3

old pond
frogs jump into
water sound
by Basho

This is indeed world-renowned.

3. I am guessing that this is the jisei, though only the middle line is certain (and I don't know who wrote it):

having gazed at the moon
I depart from this life
with a blessing

Google tells me I got this right and that the author is Chiyo-ni

Which leaves my guesses at the other two as:

young foliage
after the passage of a train
smoke whirls

morning dew
evaporates in the early sunlight
spirit climbs to the sky

I am further guessing that the first of them is number 1 in the puzzle, because of the mention of a train – but again I don't know the author.

Google  tells me I got that right too, and that the author is Shiki – which I half-guessed because I knew he lived into the twentieth century. (Only, his version had my first and third lines reversed!)

I did rather guess that the fourth haiku might be by Chevrefeuille himself, and Google tells me that is so. But as he wrote it, in the version I found, it reads: 

in the early sunlight
morning dew evaporates
spirits climb to the sky

It was great fun playing this game, and I think I did quite well despite my ignorance. (Smile.)

11 May 2017

The Flower of a Pumpkin – tan renga

the flower of a pumpkin
as well as Mt. Ishizuchi
is great in scale                                  © Tomiyasu Fusei 

slow changes over time
it forms another shape                       © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


big pot of hot pumpkin soup
family fed from flower                      © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

For the Carpe Diem  Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #8  

(I think I am probably being too intellectual, not enough sensual.
What do you think?)

10 May 2017

Two Sets of Footprints – tan renga

two sets of footprints
in freshly fallen snow
one pair from Kyoto                             © Hamish Managua Gunn

patterns on the soles reveal
only part of the story                             © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


how far has the stranger come
to meet a friend in the cold?                  © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


new city shoes leave clear prints
the others must be well-worn                © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

For Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #7: two sets of footprints.