Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Solitude (Kodoku) - December 9, 2014

a single grey feather
on the cobblestones

inside the crowd
walking huddled in his coat
a lonely man

lost in the drifts
the first snowflake of winter -
no longer alone

Christmas tree lights
accompany empty dawns -
lonely memories

© G.s.k. '14

By chance I was looking for haiku about snow ... I wanted to see if Basho himself had written on the subject so I Googled: Basho Snow Haiku  of course.  I read many fine haiku by Basho, though none about snow ... however this one stuck in my mind, so I went to look for it this morning after I was writing my haiku for "solitude":

Won't you come and see
loneliness? Just one leaf
from the kiri tree.

© Basho (Matsuo Munefusa) (1644-94)

To inspire us, our host Chèvrefeuille included four poems by Jane Reichhold, we are looking to her for our modern kigo in our December posts:

the shape of wind
writing in dunes

alone in the house
the flavor of peppermint
cold on the tongue

a journey begins
the way familiar
to the door

frozen to his feet
the length of a shadow
wanting to sleep

© Jane Reichhold

Here are twp of our host's example:

the vastness of the heath
just the sound of fresh fallen snow
a cold moonlit night

a cold moonlit night
just the sound of fresh fallen snow -
wandering over the moors

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Solitude Tree


  1. How wonderful that the lonely snowflake can find comfort in the drifts!


  2. These are wonderful, Georgia -- but I really think the single feather on the cobblestone stands out. To me, it has the sense of the single kiri leaf. Brava!

    1. And for good reason did it remind you of Basho's haiku ... :-) Glad you enjoyed them!

  3. Gorgeous haiku Georgia, in a way I sense Robert Frost through your haiku series ...

    1. Thanks you for dropping by Kristjaan, Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets ... a great feeling to think that these haiku remind you of him!


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

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