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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sparkling Stars "Inner Voice" - Tomas Tranströmer - November 4, 2014

 Carpe Diem Haiku Kai - Sparkling Stars

The Sparkling Stars challenge is to try to write classical haiku finding inspiration from our haiku poet - the theme is Inner Voice:

this morning's rain fall
pitter-pattering on the roof
- whispers of winter

November birdsong -
just outside the closed windows
reminder of spring

 inner voice whispers
the changing of the seasons -
in this mortal coil

© G.s.k. '14


Tomas Tranströmer (born Stockholm, Sweden,15 April 1931) is a Swedish writer, poet and translator, whose poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. Tranströmer is acclaimed as one of the most important European and Scandinavian writers since World War II. Critics have praised Tranströmer’s poems for their accessibility, even in translation; his poems capture the long Swedish winters, the rhythm of the seasons and the palpable, atmospheric beauty of nature. He was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.

up along the slopes
under the sun – the goats
were grazing on fire.

on the balcony
standing in a cage of sunbeams –
like a rainbow

something has happened.
the moon lit up the room.
God knew about it.

hear the sighing rain.
I whisper a secret, to reach
all the way in there.

a scene on the platform.
what a strange calm –
the inner voice
© Tomas Tranströmer


The classical haiku form is as follows:

5-7-5 sylables
a seasonword (kigo)
a cutting word (kireji), mostly interpunction in Western haiku
a moment as short as the sound of a pebble tthrown into water
a deeper (spiritual/religious) meaning


  1. This is amazing Georgia -- the music goes with it so perfectly too.
    Strange how birdsong can remind us of spring, no matter what season --

    1. Thanks Jen .. I agree ... birdsong is definitely not a kigo in my opinion ... unless it's for spring of course ;-)

  2. Beautiful, cara, and your choice of music is perfect...brava, ma chère!

    1. Glad you liked the post ... they're a cool group.


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

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