The Lighter Side of JzB

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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.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Carpe Diem #148, Aomugi (green barley)

Writing haiku is a discipline.  I am embracing difficult prompts as an exercise, in the hope of improving basic skills.  Rather like playing scales and etudes.   The results might not always be ready for prime time, but I offer them to you, such as they are.

Late thought update: here are the inspirational haiku by Sono-jo, a haiku poetess and pupil of Buson:

 te wo nobete ori-yuku haru no kusaki kani

as I go along,

stretching out my hand and plucking
the grasses and leaves of Spring

And from Kristjaan:

touching the spikes
of green barley covered with raindrops -
refreshing tears


My humble offerings

~ 1 ~

rain covered barley
in a pot with onions
soup starter

~ 2 ~

cut on my finger
from the sharp edge of a leaf
green barley revenge

~ 3 ~

old man
malts green barley
still knows what to do

~ 4 ~

moose and goose walking
stretch out their long necks to pluck
green barley

~ 5 ~

amid the green barley
orb weaver stakes out her claim
in woven silk


Carpe Diem #148


  1. fantastic, specially the one on green barley revenge -- haha,plants tend to do that :)

  2. the rain covered barley but the old man "still" gets my vote

  3. Love them all ~ you know my favorite is 'moose and goose' ~ plucking green barley ~ Enjoy ^_^

  4. I enjoyed each thoroughly / covering all the greens

  5. cut on my finger
    from the sharp edge of a leaf
    green barley revenge

    This gets me! Chuckles! Like an elephant it never forgets. Got on my fingers from sharp blades of tall grass many a time! Nicely JzB!


  6. People just don't give old men enough credit, do they? :)

    Barley One and Barley Two

  7. Love the green revenge! And definitely happy to see goose and moose! :)

  8. I have never seen or felt this plant, but I began to in your great set ... I do like barley in a soup....

  9. Beautiful series on Green Barley, all with a smile, I like the way how you have used the haiku by Sono-Jo and one of myself for yopur inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.

  10. Wonderful. You really do the most extraordinary haiku

  11. Adore the last one! "orb weaver" ♥

  12. Wow! These are wonderful. I really love the moose and goose.


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