Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ghost Writer - Jen: The Cold Within The Sound - November 26, 2014

Photo © Jen R.

sudden blizzard
freezing the last persimmons
a crash of thunder
shakes the frozen windows -
cold sounds of winter

(c) G.s.k. '14

Jen's (from Blog it or Lose It!)  Ghost Writing post begins like this:
"One evening – when the muses were being particularly stingy with their inspiration – I started to look for new voices in haiku.  I stumbled across a great site full haiku and tanka written by Japanese women – and fell in love with the poetry of Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1895).

looking out over the bay  
I see clouds of cold rain  
summoning winter  
and hear the wind in the pines  
whisper its name  
© Otagaki Rengetsu

This is a lovely post and a great introduction to a new haiku poet ...  a woman too!  It's an interesting post and I would invite you to drop by and have a look!  Here is the poem used as the point of inspiration for today's haiku:

frost-withered arrowroot
vying hailstones—
the cold within the sound.

 (c) Rengetsu


  1. Oh no! You didn't lose the persimmons did you? Rats. :(
    Lovely -- remembering that snow thunder -- always really startling in winter, isn't it?
    Great response Georgia -- and I'm so glad you liked Rengetsu. What a remarkable woman -- with an incredible voice!

    1. I'm really grateful to you for this introduction! I've bookmarked both links so I can go back and read not only her great work but other haiku by women! Glad you enjoyed my attempt to write in her style ... and I really am always surprised to hear snow thunder! The persimmons though are not lost as this was an "other" blizzard ... perhaps an archetype of a blizzard ;-)

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    1. It sure can ... one does't expect thunder when it snows ... already a blizzard is pretty noisy with all that wind though. Glad you dropped by and Happy Thanksgiving!


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