The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
see my other blog,
Retirement Blues. (There be dragons!)

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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Carpe Diem #658 and Imaginary Garden

I found myself at quite a loss trying to cope with the Carpe Diem First Dream prompt.  My dreams are ephemeral and I haven't had any notable ones recently.   So I visited Mystic's page seeking inspiration, and was overwhelmed.  It made me feel like I was going to try writing a fugue [something I've actually done a few times] after listening to Bach's WTC.

So I went to the Imaginary Garden in hope of coming up with a new angle.  And I found one.  The prompt there today is lavender.

On a color tour in Oct. '13 we visited the Lavender Hill Farm and met these lovely people.

 We learned that the scent of lavender is calming and can help promote restful sleep.  Since I'm a poor sleeper, I thought it would be worth a try.

beside my pillow
a sachet of lavender
to bring sweet dreams

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Carpe Diem #657

waga io ya ganjitsu mo kuru zooni uri

to my hut too
New Year's arrives...
the zooni vendor

© Issa (1817)

A superstition I learned from my shanty-Irish mother is to eat pork and avoid chicken on New Year's day.  The idea is that a pig roots forward with it's snout, while a chicken scratches backwards with its feet - and on New Years day we should always be looking and moving forward.   Sauerkraut is part of the deal, too, but I don't have an explanation for that.

My lovely wife made a pork roast with sauerkraut and brown sugar with potatoes for New Year's dinner.  I tossed in some caraway seeds.  It was delightful.

I'm not superstitious, but it's a nice tradition and we eat plenty of chicken on other days.

This picture of my mom is a couple years old.  She'll be 94 this Spring and looks a bit more frail than that now.

pork and sauerkraut
following my mom's advice
on new year's day


another year turns
do moose and goose pay it heed
foraging for stalks


another new year
mom has pork and sauerkraut
to bring good luck


just like any day
orb weaver makes her meal
on a trapped fly

L. A. Times crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme - On EDGE in the OUTER Zone.  The word EDGE is broken to form bookends around the theme answers, thus representing the OUTERmost letters of the fill.

17. Fraternal meeting place : ELKS LODGE.   From their website:  Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

27. "The Cask of Amontillado" writer : EDGAR ALLAN POE.   Certainly not his most famous work.   Nice to see the entire name spelt out, though

41. Where to read candidate endorsements : EDITORIAL PAGE.   And those hilarious letters to the editor.

54. Periphery ... and, literally, the periphery of 17-, 27- and 41-Across : OUTER EDGE.   As far out as you can get without leaving, spilling out or otherwise departing.

 Hi Gang, JazzBumpa here.  There are 3 ways to break EDGE and Jeffery found them all.  Are you on EDGE?   Let's see how edgy the rest of this puzzle is

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CD Haiku Writing Techniques #4

I guess this is that "AHA! moment, or the epiphany.   I notice in the example an obvious kigo, and phrase plus fragment structure, but the absence of 1st-3rd line interchangeability.  I guess you can't have everything every time.  Should the surprise be the entire moment captured by the haiku, or the 3rd line in the context of the first two?  I'm not sure that question has an answer.  What do you think?

autumn wind
trying to keep myself
under my hat

© John Stevenson

Here, at least part of the surprise is the humerous idea of staying under the hat, rather than keeping the hat from blowing away - a clever twist. 


Maybe these are senryu

looking at her
so lovely across the room
she looks back at me


 stealing that first kiss
what will she think of me now
the tip of her tongue


on a winter night
she brings me her best gift
sweet cherry blossom


We have a wooden front door with a glass storm door facing south.  As I write this, it is 19 degrees outside (-7 C) with bright sun.  On days like this, if I don't open the wooden door to let the heat escape into house, the door will get so hot I can smell the rosin vaporizing from the wood.

the deep snow blanket
glistening white in my yard
glare of winter sun


Monday, January 26, 2015

Carpe Diem Special #129

". . . this CD-Special it's all about haiku by Iio Sogi and this one is just wonderful and I hope it will inspire you all to write an all new haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit . . ."

Now that they end
There is no flower that can compare
With cherry blossoms

© Iio Sogi


sweet cherry blossom
gift to give only one time
gone forever now


that cherry blossom
my true love gave to me
i gave a daisy

 © JzB

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Carpe Diem Time Glass #18

"I only give you an image, but you have to write/compose a haiku in which there are more than one senses found. For example you write a haiku in which you describe something you see and hear."

bright balloons drifting
over an abandoned house
the smell of charred wood


moose and goose look up
from amidst the tasty weeds
floaters glide above

[They're behind the house, out of sight.  Trust me on this.}

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Carpe Diem Little Creatures #16

"In the Victorian age, [the daisy] meant innocence, purity, and loyal love.  It also means that you’ll keep someone’s secret.  You’re saying that “I vow never to tell anyone” - when you give someone a daisy."

"For the Celts, daisies were thought to be the spirits of children who died when they were born.  It’s God’s way of cheering them up when He created the daisies and sprinkled them on the earth.  This has a big connection to daisies symbolizing innocence."

after our tryst
i give my love a daisy
none will ever know


white daisies blooming
in the old stone-lined grave yard
spirits of innocence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Carpe Diem Special #128

The goal of this CD-Special is to write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the one by Sogi and try to touch his sense, tone and spirit

life in this world
just like a temporary shelter
from a winter shower

© Iio Sogi (1424-1502)

Well, I like this one a lot.  The deeper meaning is elusive, and I like that, too.  I don't think I want to pin it down.


I also think Kristjaan's is a gem

in just one heart beat
the sunlight breaks through the mist
revealing the meadow

© Chèvrefeuille

My attempts:

between the snowfalls
in a brief sunshine moment
a chance for love


orb weaver's web
temporary fly catcher
built anew each day

© JzB

Carpe Diem - Techniques #3


I have to admit that I'm more taken with the idea of repetition within a haiku than I am with the examples given.  Though I am quite pleased with the striking image of this one. 

Full Moon Over Black Lake 7/23/13

the river
the river makes
of the moon 

© Jim Kacian (1996) 


when keeping still
we can still hear the sounds
of still smaller things


in just a moment
such a meaningful moment
with so much moment


in the deep weeds
as goose honks deep low of moose
deep in the weeds


when the flies fly
orb weaver casts her net
for flying flies


[h/t to Mystic]

clouds grace the sky
under the sheltering sky
we gaze up to the sky

 © JzB (2015)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Carpe Diem #651

Kristjaan tells us --

On the morning of January 7, or the night before, people place the nanakusa, rice scoop, and/or 
wooden pestle on the cutting board and, facing the good-luck direction, chant "Before the birds of the continent (China) fly to Japan, let's get nanakusa" while cutting the herbs into pieces. The chant may vary.

 tōdo no tori to,
nihon no tori to,
wataranu saki ni,
nanakusa nazuna,
te ni tsumi-ire te,
kōshitochō to naru       

China-land's birds and
Japanese birds,
earlier than bring on their coming,
seven species wild herb,
I pluck them to the hand and
it becomes Neck, Turtle Beak, Dipper and Extended Net.

By the way "Neck", "Turtle Beak", "Dipper" and "Extended Net" are all Chinese constellations.


for long life and health
constellations in my bowl
sprigs of seven herbs


before birds arrive
in spider’s extended net
seven fresh green flies


seven types of weeds
wildly growing in the marsh
food for moose and goose