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Heeding Haiku with HA — Kigo – November 18, 2014

Kigo is that little Japanese word used by haijin (haiku poets) to fix or identify  a season in their poem.  There are more than 500 seasonal words that can be used (have a look at our new glossary to find the link to 500 Essential kigo) .

Today I’m going to choose two kigo – one for our northern hemisphere and the other for the our southern hemisphere (that is spring and autumn):

chestnut – balloon

you may use one (or why not both) either in the singular or the plural form.

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Remember the haiku is:

  1. Seventeen syllables, broken into 5/7/5 (more or less) – modern haiku often ignores the 5/7/5 rule so long as no more than 17 syllables are used and the second line is (usually) the longest line;
  3. A cutting word or punctuation that divides the haiku into a short segment and a longer segment (called kireji);
  4. Interchangeable first line and third line;
  5. Often, a deeper spiritual meaning;
  6. A very brief moment in time, written in the “here and now”.

You have 1 week to complete the challenge …  once you’ve written your post please tag:  Heeding Haiku with HA and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, then put your info onto the Mr. Linky app.  If you ping us back, we’ll be able to read your post ASAP because we will be notified that you’ve written the post (not so with Mr. Linky).

Have a great week!  Ciao, Bastet

Photo Credits: Wikipedia – Giuseppe Arcimboldo

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I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

19 comments on “Heeding Haiku with HA — Kigo – November 18, 2014

  1. georgeplace2013
    November 18, 2014

    This sent me in search of chestnuts on the net to learn more about them. I remember my grandfather boiling chestnuts – he loved them… me, too.

    • Bastet
      November 18, 2014

      Ah … I tend to forget that we don’t get many chestnuts in the U.S. any more … hope you found something! 🙂

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  6. julespaige
    November 19, 2014

    Link is WP but also here at ‘B’:

    Little switch up this week. Two cherubs today, again.
    Think warm for me please. 15 F or -9.4 C is just too darn cold!

    • Bastet
      November 19, 2014

      Sweets I’m sending warm thoughts … we’re down to 5° C so I guess it’s plain warm here!

    • becca givens
      November 19, 2014

      Great set JP — the first is my favorite. For some reason I cannot leave a note for you. Says I am not “me”! Go figure!! Stay cuddly warm!

      • julespaige
        November 19, 2014

        Thank you.
        Sometimes when there are crossing signals (maybe even sunspots?) the computer doesn’t want to work.
        I was trying to do a business call this afternoon and their computer had issues to. Took twice as long as normal.
        Maybe it’s just too darn cold!

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  9. becca givens
    November 19, 2014

    Thank you for the kigo link!! 😀

    • Bastet
      November 20, 2014

      You’re very welcome 🙂

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  11. B i r g i t t a
    November 30, 2014

    There are always something new to learn 🙂
    Have a nice Sunday!

    • Bastet
      November 30, 2014


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