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Ballot: SHH Contest 2: March / April 2012: Vol. 7, No. 2: Issue 41
 

 

 


No. 01: Neal Whitman, US

Source for all 5 haiku is the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) Kigo List with San Francisco Bay Area Regional Kigo, Spring Season. This is a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to members, and also online: www.youngleaves.org/season-word-list/

a balmy breeze
we slowly walk slow
to Vespers

~ Neal Whitman, US

Spring Kigo: balmy breezeSky and Elements: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) on-line: http://youngleaves.org/season-word-list/

a thin mist
blankets the ocean
evening chill

~ Neal Whitman, US

Spring Kigo: thin mistSky and Elements: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) on-line: http://youngleaves.org/season-word-list/

dandelion puffs
finding their ground
the mud season

~ Neal Whitman, US

Spring Kigo: muddyLandscape: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) on-line: http://youngleaves.org/season-word-list /

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These 2 kigo are not in the on-line listing: "gray fox"; "rookery", but they do appear in a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to members.

the wind picks up
as a gray fox makes its rounds
damp earth smell

~ Neal Whitman, US

Spring Kigo: gray foxAnimals?: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose)a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to members, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area Nature Guide and Saijiki edited by Anne M. Homan, Patrick Gallagher, Patricia J. Machmiller, San Jose: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, 2010.

the rookery
abandoned by the herons–
an omen?

~ Neal Whitman, US

Spring Kigo: rookeryAnimals?: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose)a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to members, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area Nature Guide and Saijiki edited by Anne M. Homan, Patrick Gallagher, Patricia J. Machmiller, San Jose: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, 2010.
 

 


No. 02: Peggy Heinrich, US

spring mist
tales about her malaprops
bring mother back to me

~Peggy Heinrich, US

Spring Kigo: "Spring Mist"Astronomy: The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku. William J. Higginson with Penny Harter. New York: Kodansha, p. 267.
 

 


No. 03: Chen-ou Liu, CA

blind date:
her long hair cascading
into the spring night

~Chen-ou Liu, CA

Spring Kigo: night in spring, haru no yo 春の夜: The World Kigo Datebase on-line:
http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/2006/07/spring-haru.html

lunar new year
I greet my Canadian friends
in Mandarin

~Chen-ou Liu, CA

Spring Kigo: First Spring (hatsu haru) New Year: The World Kigo Database on-line:
http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.ca/2007/02/first-spring-hatsu-haru.html
 

 


No. 04:
Chitra Rajappa, IN

spring thunder:
a lily pad trembles
... amidst liquid clouds

~Chitra Rajappa, IN

Spring Kigo: "spring thunder" (shunrai, all spring) The Heavens The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

a frog jumps:
startled koi
scurry in the shallows

~Chitra Rajappa, IN

Spring Kigo: "frog" (kawazu, all spring) Animals The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html
 

 


No. 05: John Daleiden, US

sleepless—
all night the croaking of frogs
in my dreams

~John Daleiden, US

Spring Kigo: "frog" / Spring--Animals: from The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html 

wild geese
squabbling on the lake edge
a young couple

~John Daleiden, US

Spring Kigo: "wild geese" / Animals. The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku. William J. Higginson with Penny Harter. New York: Kodansha, p. 268.

slush on the road—
cars bumper to bumper
near ski resorts


~John Daleiden, US

Spring Kigo: "slush" Sky and Elements. Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) on-line: http://youngleaves.org/season-word-list/

drift wood rests
on skunk cabbage leaves

the water ripples


~John Daleiden, US

Spring Kigo: "skunk cabbage" (Mizu Bashoo): Plant—The World Kigo Database by Dr. Gabi Greve on line: http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/2006/07/skunk-cabbage-mizu-bashoo.html

Japanese Haiku: a topical dictionary. University of Virginia Library on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/
Full entries: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/full.html 

bare rock—
remaining snow on the ridge
melts each day

~John Daleiden, US

Spring Kigo: "remaining snow" (zansetsu): The Earth—Japanese Haiku: a topical dictionary. University of Virginia Library on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/
Full entries: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/full.html  
 

 


No. 06: Rita Odeh, IL

thinking of you...
dried Forget-Me-Not
in my diary

~Rita Odeh, IL

Spring Kigo: Forget Me Not-flower (wasurenagusa) 勿忘草, わするな草(わするなぐさ
early spring: Plant: The World Kigo Database on-line:
http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.com/2007/06/forget-me-not.html

Painted Lady
lands on the violin...
missing you

~Rita Odeh, IL

Spring Kigo: butterfly (choo, all spring) (Painted Lady: butterfly). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words: on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

Spring Kigo: Butterfly (choochoo) butterfly in spring, haru no choo 春の蝶(はるのちょう  Special names of butterflies: all are kigo for SPRING: The World Kigo Database on-line:
http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/2005/02/butterfly-choochoo.html

Read more about worldwide butterfly here:
http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/3933922038.03.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
 

 


No. 07: Michele L. Harvey, US

nap time
the lullaby
of spring peepers

~Michele L. Harvey, US

Spring kigo: North America: Spring peeper: kigo for all spring. The World Kigo Database.
http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2005/06/frog-kawazu-kaeru.html

soap bubble
the moment before
she says yes

~Michele L. Harvey, US

Spring Kigo: soap bubbles (shabondama, all spring). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

spring planting—
grandmother teaches me
her grandmother's song

~Michele L. Harvey, US

Spring Kigo: sowing, planting seed (tanemaki, late spring).The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

soap bubbles...
the baby's da-da
before ma-ma

~Michele L. Harvey, US

Spring Kigo: soap bubbles (shabondama, all spring). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

kite-flying day
pieces of sky
snagged on the hills

~Michele L. Harvey, US

Spring Kigo: kite (tako, all spring). The toy. The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

city sidewalk
a violet unfurls
to the morning rush

~Michele L. Harvey, US

Spring Kigo: violet (sumire, all spring). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html#SPRING
 

 


No. 08:
Barbara A Taylor, AU

specks of gold flow
with the river …
spring dust

~Barbara A Taylor, AU

Spring Kigo: harubokori, spring dust:  University of Virginia Library: Japanese Haiku: A Topical Dictionary on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/1sp.html

evening mist
the piper’s song fades
from the valley

~Barbara A Taylor, AU

Spring Kigo: gasumi, evening mist: University of Virginia Library: Japanese Haiku: A Topical Dictionary on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/1sp.html

Popeye delights ­
the spinach leaves multiply
over night

~Barbara A Taylor, AU

Spring Kigo: ens spinach [its growing leaves] (early spring): University of Virginia Library: Japanese Haiku: A Topical Dictionary on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/1sp.html

which recipe next?
she stoops between furrows
to scatter fresh seeds

~Barbara A Taylor, AU

Spring Kigo: anemaki, seed-planting (late spring): University of Virginia Library: Japanese Haiku: A Topical Dictionary on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/1sp.html

rich red soil
camellia petals fall
on a loyal friend

~Barbara A Taylor, AU

Spring Kigo: ochi-tsubaki, falling camellias: University of Virginia Library: Japanese Haiku: A Topical Dictionary on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/1sp.html
 

 


No. 09: Robyn Black

vernal equinox
the banter of birds
over their shadows

~Robyn Black

Spring Kigo: (chunichi) "equinox"—spring observances: The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 268.

false spring
a vee of geese
pursued by clouds

~Robyn Black

Spring Kigo: (kigan) "(departing) geese"—spring animals: Haiku World. William J. Higginson, p. 73.

dandelions
being careful
what I wish for

~Robyn Black

Spring Kigo: (tanpopo) "dandelions"—spring plants: The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 271. Ibid., Haiku World, p. 99.

spring storm
cherry blossoms fall
with hail stones

~Robyn Black

Spring Kigo: (hana chiru) "[cherry] blossoms fall"—spring plants: The Haiku Handbook. William J. Higginson, p. 270. Ibid., Haiku World, p. 87.
 

 


No. 10: Maria Tirenescu, Romania

early morning—
a blackbird leaves
the branch in bud

~Maria Tirenescu, Romania

Spring Kigo: Spring Animals: blackbird: A Dictionary of Haiku by Jane Reichold on-line: http://www.ahapoetry.com/aadoh/sprani.htm

at dawn—
the child listens to
a newborn lamb’s cry

~Maria Tirenescu, Romania

Spring Kigo: Spring Animals: lamb: A Dictionary of Haiku by Jane Reichold on-line: http://www.ahapoetry.com/aadoh/sprani.htm

sunrise—
on the robin’s breast
a light patch

~Maria Tirenescu, Romania

Spring Kigo: Spring Animals: robin: A Dictionary of Haiku by Jane Reichold on-line: http://www.ahapoetry.com/aadoh/sprani.htm

rainy day—
the slug eating
a leaf of salad

~Maria Tirenescu, Romania

Spring Kigo: Spring Animals: slug: A Dictionary of Haiku by Jane Reichold on-line: http://www.ahapoetry.com/aadoh/sprani.htm

April morning—
the song of chaffinch
in an old apple

~Maria Tirenescu, Romania

No saijiki cited:  I see daily this.
 

 


No. 11:
Dan Iulian, Romania

Afterlife—
the embryo moves
in seed.

~Dan Iulian, Romania

The last furrow—
at the feet of the old man
the heaven.

~Dan Iulian, Romania

Ecosystem—
a cuckoo rests
on the clock tower.

~Dan Iulian, Romania

Time for plowing—
in the old plough blade
the moon shines.

~Dan Iulian, Romania

Postcard from home—
I hear the poppies rustling
in the red field.

~Dan Iulian, Romania

Dan Iulian RO included no specific kigo references; instead, he provided the following descriptions:


Kigo Explanations

Seed is a word associated with a spring season, because the most commonly used seeds are planted in this season.

Furrow, plowing are the spring kigo because they are associated with spring farm works.

Cuckoo -“...The cuckoos are generally medium sized slender birds. The majority are arboreal, with a sizeable minority that are terrestrial. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the majority of species being tropical. The temperate species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Many species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, but the majority of species raise their own young. Most species of cuckoo are sedentary, and some species of cuckoo undertake regular seasonal migrations, and several more undertake partial migrations over part of their range....” (Wikipedia). For EUROPE( ROMANIA) cuckoo migrates in autumnand spring back, when when he finds a favorable habitat.

Poppies- “...a poppy is one of a group of a flowering plants in the poppy family, many of which are grown in gardens for their colorful flowers. Poppies are sometimes used for symbolic reasons, such as in remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. Most species of poppies are attractive and are cultivated as ornamental plants. A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods. The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) is so widely used, for both drugs and food, that its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It yields opium and opiates, poppy seeds for use in cooking and baking, and poppyseed oil for culinary and other uses, and is also cultivated as an ornamental plant. Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep, peace, and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular....” In ROMANIA,the local species of poppy the fields and crops of spring color and they no industrial use. There is an ornamental species for landscaped gardens.
 

 


No. 12: Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

vespers bells—
plum petals gather on
the rusty plow

~Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

Spring Kigo: Plants: plum (blossoms*) (ume, early spring). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

near the pond—
willow fluff caressing
the harvest moon

Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

Spring kigo: Plants: willow fluff (ryuujo, mid spring). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

cats in love—
the widow reads once again
his first letter

Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

Spring kigo: Animals: cats in love (neko no koi, early spring).  The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

melting snow—
our heart still beating
in the concrete

Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

Spring kigo: The Earth: melting snow (yukidoke, mid spring).  The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

zen garden—
skylark's song between
the raked furrows

Cezar F. Ciobīcă, RO

Spring kigo: Animals: skylark (hibari, all spring). The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words on-line: http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html
 

 

 

No. 13: Cristian Mocvanu, RO

feeble sunshine
the young mother greets
her “old woman’s day”

~Cristian Mocvanu, RO

Spring Kigo: “old women’s day”: (Early Spring):Traditions and Observances (Romania) From the Romanian Saijiki in the World Kigo Database. Online at http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2006/06/romanian-kiyose-05.html
"Zilele babelor” / “Old-women-days”(March 1st to 8th): Based on an old legend, one is supposed to pick one of these days with inconsistent weather; if it snows on that particular day, it’s a bad omen, if it’s sunny, it’s a good omen for the rest of the year

hospital courtyard
two convalescents knocking
eggs with the chaplain

~Cristian Mocvanu, RO

Spring Kigo: Knocking eggs for Easter (Mid-spring): Traditions and Observances (Romania) From the Romanian Saijiki in the World Kigo Database. Online at http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2006/06/romanian-kiyose-05.html   No chocolate eggs for Easter! For the Romanians it’s real eggs, hard-boiled, painted (usually in red), or turned into breathtaking artifacts by complicated drawings. One knocks them open by saying “Christ is risen / Indeed he is risen” at each Easter meal (not the ones with drawings!)

redness in the cheeks
of the skinny teenager

his love was “watered”

~Cristian Mocvanu, RO

Spring Kigo: “Watering of the girls”: (Mid-spring): Traditions and Observances (Romania[Transylvania]) From the Romanian Saijiki in the World Kigo Database. Online at http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2006/06/romanian-kiyose-05.html  Originally a Hungarian tradition it entails men (especially single) sprinkling women (especially single) with perfume. Customary in Transylvania now, regardless of ethnic group or denomination; unknown elsewhere.

a titmouse chirping
the farmer’s wife stops, listens
and then smiles brightly

~Cristian Mocvanu, RO

Spring Kigo: Titmouse: (All spring): Animals. From the Romanian Saijiki in the World Kigo Database. Online at http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2006/06/romanian-kiyose-05.html: This bird should be a spring kigo. It is commonly believed to have two kinds of songs in spring, one heralding a wet summer, the other a dry one. No one cares which “aria” it sings in the rest of the year!

behind the teacher
the classroom is still filled by
the smell of lilacs

~Cristian Mocvanu, RO

Spring Kigo: Lilacs:  (Late Spring): Plants. From the Romanian Saijiki in the World Kigo Database. Online at http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2006/06/romanian-kiyose-05.html
 

 

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Kigo Resources used in SHH 2 Kukai ~ spring kigo

 

Spring kigo from:

Dictionary of Haiku, A by Jane Reichold on-line: http://www.ahapoetry.com/aadoh/sprani.htm

Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words, The on line:

     http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html#SPRING

Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, The. William J.

     Higginson with Penny Harter. New York: Kodansha, p. 267.

Japanese Haiku: a topical dictionary. University of Virginia Library on-line: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/
Full entries: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/full.html; http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/1sp.html

Romanian Saijiki
, in the World Kigo Database. Online at http://worldkigo2005.blogspot.com/2006/06/romanian-kiyose-05.html


Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose)
a printed, two-sided handout, distributed to

     members, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area Nature Guide and Saijiki edited by Anne M.

     Homan, Patrick Gallagher, Patricia J. Machmiller, San Jose: Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, 2010.

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (San Jose) on-line:
     http://youngleaves.org/season-word-list/


World Kigo Database, The by Dr. Gabi Greve on-line:

     http://wkdkigodatabase03.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

An additonal on line saiji reference borrowed from The SHIKI IE Haiku Salon (from Japan) quoted in the now defunt gocities list: http://www.geocities.com/meister_z/HAIKSZNS.htm can be located at this world kigo database resource: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/worldkigoparkinglot/message/528 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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