Hiding the Snow Moon ~ haiku

Hiding the Snow Moon

melting drifts
last remaining snow
in puddles

cloud cover
hiding the snow moon
white flakes fall

with waters warming
last ice gone from the river
turtle surfaces

These three haiku are my response to Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge # 179-181: Spring Trinity, which offers three kigo for the past three weeks:

2/20 – remaining snow
2/27 – Snow moon
3/6 – waters warming

Image source: ukiyo-e.org – Snow in Miyajima, by Tsuchiya Koitsu

the snow of yesterday ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1691 Troiku Month – The Snow of Yesterday offers
a haiku by Gozan (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.
The haiku by Gozan was written late in life.
A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku,
a jisei or “death haiku,” showing the circle of life.

the snow of yesterday
that fell like cherry blossoms
is water once again


the snow of yesterday
does not survive the seasons
memories fading

that fell like cherry blossoms
taking all color with them
no longer falling

is water once again
blurring traces of the past
until all is gone

The haiku by Gozan was written late in life.
A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku,
a jisei or “death haiku,” showing the circle of life.

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.


desktopnexus.com (cherry blossoms)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

Snow Reason to Stay in the House

Snow Reason to Stay in the House
(clicking any photo will open a larger image in a new tab)

I’ve been told that winters here in mid-Missouri are nothing like in the past. Twenty years ago snowfall was more common, often leaving snow on the ground between snowfalls. My experience in seven winters here in mid-Missouri is to see a couple of inches once or twice a month, with at least a week with temps in the mid-40s for a week, each month. Four inches of snow will be gone within a couple of days, and six to ten inches will be gone in a week. I was expecting something similar to happen with the snowfall we just had, but another system is developing, and the mid-West has the potential for another storm this weekend.

We had about a foot of snowfall from Friday afternoon into Saturday evening, with a light powder/mist on and off for the next twenty-four hours. Temperatures have been in the low 30s (F), so it was a wet, heavy snow, weighing down tree branches and providing a good workout for shoveling. That took a couple of hours over Saturday and Sunday, including clearing the street and digging out the mailbox. Our house is on a cul de sac, and by the time the plow gets to my driveway, ¾ of the way around the circle, it has to back up before hitting my neighbor’s mailbox. As it straightens out, it leaves a ten foot gap of snow across my driveway. If I want to get out of the driveway – or receive my mail – I need to clear that.

We still have gray skies today, but I decided to head to the local conservation area for photos this afternoon. A dozen or so people had been in ahead of me, which made the hike easier than it could have been, but there still was a bit of leg lifting in each step. Sunny and 46º is forecast for tomorrow. If that materializes, I may head back for photos in better lighting. Here’s what I have, for now.

The heavy snow has the cedars looking more like pine trees, and some of them didn’t survive that added weight.

There’s not much use for it in this weather, but there’s a fire tower in the park.

Meanwhile back home, our large lilac bush has lost two of its limbs.

And maybe we’ll get our TV reception back, if tomorrow’s warmer weather allows the snow to slide off our dish antenna.

Ken G

snow just memory


snow just memory_1snow just memory
as summer rain lightly falls
moon showing through clouds
Mt. Fuji cloudy
summer moon a memory
snow begins to fall

These two fusion haiku are my response to Carpe Diem Crossroads #8 The First Snow (Kanajo), inspired by the words in the following two haiku by Hasegawa Kanajo.

snow just memory_2the first snow
on the Mt. Fuji and the round
cloud flows from there
the sound of rain
the clouds on right-side are
with the summer moon

                    Hasegawa Kanajo

Image source: ukiyo-e.org (print by Kobayashi Kiyochika)
Art Institute of Chicago (woodblock print by Kawase Hasui))