Archives for category: Winter

Amid first blossoms,

The wren waggles her tail,

Singing undaunted.


For Carpe Diem: wren.

The wren is a classical kigo for winter because this is the only time it can supposedly be seen. However, we had a pair nesting in our garden a few years ago and I saw one maybe a month ago in my local park, though I guess you could argue that was the end of winter rather than the start of spring. I heard this very loud song right next to the path and there, on a branch, was a wren, singing to a mate, who she (or he) eventually flew off to join. Of course, they’re so tiny, I would never have seen her if it had been summer and the branch had been covered with leaves.


Wood on the hearth

From pruned cherry tree –

Flames blossom.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Haiku Horizons prompt: Fire


Caught in the bare tree,

The sun glares through prison bars.

I walk – set it free.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For Carpe Diem: Morning prayers. I wrote this haiku back in January but I’m giving it a second outing because it seems to fit nicely with this prompt. The task was to write a haiku in the style of this one by Kala Ramesh:

morning prayers
the rising sun between
my hands

By broken branches

At winter’s end, green bamboo

Nods to the wind.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin


For Carpe Diem: bamboo

Bare branches touch

Over the lane where we walk

Fingers entwined.


Dappled sun on our faces,

We are blind to the shadows.


(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Written for Writing201: Fingers and the latest Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge.

The goal of the Tan Renga challenge is to write a second stanza of two lines (7-7 syllables) to complete or continue the scene in a 3-line haiku. I had the honour of one of my own haiku being chosen for the challenge this week. But since a tan renga is written by two poets, my extended version is actually a tanka, which follows the same format but is written by only one person.

There are some great tan renga based on my original haiku on the Carpe Diem website, suggesting a wide range of moods – and there are still a couple of days left to have a go at the challenge.

Budding cherry tree –

The pair of robins alight.

I wait for you.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

A split tree stump –

Wimpled snowdrops surround it,

Moss makes a blanket.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Written for Carpe Diem. The theme was sabi, which translates very loosely as “loneliness”, but I couldn’t bear my tree stump to be lonely once I started writing.

Melting ice drop

Glitters on a slender branch.

How long till you fall?

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Birthday surprise,

Gold glimpsed by the roadside –

Early crocus.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Bare branches touch

Over the lane where we walk,

Fingers entwined.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

Written for Carpe Diem: “comparison”. One of the loveliest examples given for us to follow, by Betty Drevniok, was:

a spring nap
downstream cherry trees
in bud

Later in February, my haiku was chosen to be used in the Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge.