Arco (TN)

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Amanogawa - The Milky Way . October 18, 2014

September 2013 - That's the date we go back to for today's Carpe Diem Haiku Kai anniversary celebration. 

For today's episode Chèvrefeuille found a few haiku written by  both classical and non-classical haiku-poets with The Milky Way as theme.

Basho (a very well known haiku):

ura umi ya sado ni yokotau ama no gawa

Turbulent the sea—
across to Sado stretches
the Milky Way

© Basho
Or this one by Jim Kacian:

beneath the Milky Way an evening soft with moths

And  a haiku by Seisensui (a contemporary and disciple of Shiki):

the Milky Way too
has become intense
we said and parted

© Seisensui
Photo of the Day: Milky Way Over Second Beach | Smithsonian
limpid sky tonight
but for the Milky Way
- stardust
 one last summer walk
along the beach at mid-night
near the Milky Way

©G.s.k. '14


  1. Oh, what a GORGEOUS photo -- and wonderful haiku to match. How I'd love to take a walk under a gorgeous sky like that .... sigh.....

    1. I wrote the poems first and realized I had nothing to illustrate them ... my camera doesn't do stars (sigh) so I Googles and came across this great contest on the Smithonian Mag ... beautiful work ... stuff to make you sigh about (as you can see) . :-)

  2. Oooh, I like both of them! :)

  3. To be walking the milky way in that last haiku... glorious

    1. Thanks ... it would be so great ... like walking the light fantastic.

  4. I can imagine the delights of that walk along the beach at night!

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  5. Hard to know to look up or down with the reflection in the water.
    Just too cool. Walking on the stars...
    Kind of like walking through the dust mites of a sun beam... only our arm movements could not disturb the heavens.

  6. lovely, cara, I imagine walking along a path lit with stars to heaven

  7. I really like the "nearness" of the Milky Way in your poem. Stars usually seem so far away but here it feels close to home, which ultimately it is, of course.


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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