Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pink (Japanese) Carnations - November 6, 2014

John Singer Sargent - Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose - Google Art Project

in the back garden
a bush of pink carnations
November full moon 

throughout the church
bouquets of pink carnations
at their wedding

a pressed carnation
from the high school prom
wilted memory

© G.s.k. '14


At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for the past week we've been looking at the 7 sacred Japanese flowers used in haiku, today was dedicated to the Large Pink (Nadeshiko) or Carnation.

Here are some really great haiku published with the prompt that you can find HERE

nadeshiko ya jizô bosatsu no ato saki ni

blooming pinks
behind and in front
of Saint Jizo

nadeshiko ya hitotsu saite wa tsuyu no tame

one is blooming
thanks to the dew

© Kobayashi Issa

hagi kikyo nadeshiko nando moe ni-keri

bush clover, bellflowers
and also pinks
have sprouted

© Masaoka Shiki

cool dawn --
the nadeshiko field
sways in breeze

© Narayanan Raghunathan
(co-founder of Wonder Haiku Worlds)

Here is our hosts haiku . I was surprised to discover that carnations are often used in funeral bouquets in Holland, this is a particularly poignant haiku.

 on this grave
next to a little teddy bear
purple carnations

© Chèvrefeuille


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  2. This is beautiful, Georgia...that last line made me smile and wince.

    1. Ah yes .... wilted memory ... thanks Cheryl-Lynn.

  3. Beautiful painting. All these haiku are lovely but the' wilted memory' is my favourite.

    1. Thanks Rallentanda, glad you enjoyed them.

  4. It's easy for me to imagine the moonlight making those pink carnations glow.

    Not Even One Carnation

  5. Bittersweet as a pressed carnation, soft as a wedding bouquet -- just a great series Georgia :)

    1. Thanks Jen ... I actually did carry a pressed carnation around the world for years lost it when we were evacuated from Chad ... Glad you enjoyed the series.


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

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