still winter g 1.25 CD TRC 70

still winter                                      1.25 CD TRC 70

http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/01/carpe-diem-tan-renga-challenge-70.html

still winter

sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain –
a dog barks                                                     © Chèvrefeuille

from the mailed envelope
distractions vanish, he reads                     ©JP/dh
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sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain –
a dog barks                                                    © Chèvrefeuille

ground covered with ice and snow
dogs refuse to leave the house                  ©JP/dh
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sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain –
a dog barks                                                   © Chèvrefeuille

those first scents of spring, I wait
freezing rain turns to white snow           ©JP/dh

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…all the plants reach… 1.20w CD 651

…all the plants reach…    1.20    CD 651

http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/01/carpe-diem-651-picking-young-greens.html

Picking Young Greens (wakanatsumi) : The Festival of Seven Herbs or
Nanakusa no sekku is the long-standing Japanese custom of eating
seven-herb rice porridge (nanakusa-gayu) on January 7 (Jinjitsu).

late at night
picking young greens in the kitchen garden –
the almost full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

…all the plants reach…

spring like weather
opens the new year door
all the plants reach

even the weeds seek the sun
as the last snow that fell, melts

©JP/dh

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Misty Plays 1.18

Misty Plays                           1.18
http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/01/carpe-diem-sparkling-stars-16-shikis.html

kaerimireba yuki-aishi hito kasumi keri

when I looked back,
the man who passed
was lost in the mist

© Masaoka Shiki

beheaded bushes
just the creaking of bare branches
lost in the morning haze

© Chèvrefeuille

lazy grey morning
turns to misty memory
as you leave, again

©JP/dh

the window misted
internal steam; hot water
outside vanishes

©JP/dh

glazed over my eyes
misted with spring memories
in mid winter chills

©JP/dh

“see plane” 1.15

“see plane” 1.15.15

CD Tan Renga 69

Also see an additional inspirational link at the bottom.

“see plane”

trail of secret
woven into the clear sky
~ first spiritual journey                                                                    (© Sky)

deep inside the Honeysuckle
hides the knowledge of Self                                                            (© Chèvrefeuille)
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trail of secret
woven into the clear sky
~ first spiritual journey                                                                   (© Sky)

which contrail belongs to you
the plane that carries you home                                                   ©JP/dh

trail of secret
woven into the clear sky
~ first spiritual journey                                                                 (© Sky)

within every day here is
exhausted ink of airplanes                                                            ©JP/dh

trail of secret
woven into the clear sky
~ first spiritual journey                                                                (© Sky)

living in an airport zone
an ever changing sky-script                                                         ©JP/dh

Note: Sasha has an enchanting idea to help us continue our education with:
Wikems – please do visit her post enjoy learning.
http://www.thehappyamateur.com/2015/01/wikems-anyone.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrail – a different type of fog.

Also fits with”
http://margoroby.com/2015/01/13/poem-tryouts-foggy-went-a-courting/

defining moments 1.15 CD 648

defining moments                         1.15
http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/01/carpe-diem-648-little-new-year.html

defining moments

celebrate payment
of debt, or honor an old
calendars’ change

perhaps ones luck does change true
when on the thirteenth ides fall

purse full, empty
perhaps it depends on the
luck of Little New Year

©JP/dh

Koshogatsu – A Time of Celebration (a little history from our host)

New Year is the largest, and perhaps the oldest celebration in Japan. Having both religious and secular associations, it is much like Christmas in Canada. In A.D. 604, the lunar calendar used in China was adopted for use by the Japanese government. This calendar had both a lunar component which regulated civic events and a solar component which was used for agricultural purposes. The new moon marked the beginning of the official months but date discrepancies existed between official celebrations and folk celebrations. Using the lunar calendar the New Year was to begin at the second new moon after the winter solstice. This was the “Great New Year” or shogatsu. At the full moon two weeks later, there was another celebration called “Little New Year” or koshogatsu. Traditionally, these dates would occur sometime from the end of January to the middle of February. However, when the government adopted the Gregorian calendar, shogatsu became associated with the first day of January and koshogatsu fell on the 15th of January.

Also an additional note: Word Origin and History for ides n. =
(plural) early 14c., “middle day of a Roman month,” from Old French Ides(12c.), from Latin idus (plural), a word perhaps of Etruscan origin. The 15 thof March, May, July, and October; the 13th of other months. “Debts and interest were often payable on the ides” [Lewis].

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