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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.

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


  1. Thank goodness, no one has cooked moose's goose...yet...

  2. An absolutely wonderful post, in every way.

  3. I enjoyed these and your explanation. Your Mom is a lovely lady.

  4. Great post!

    Same here in south-central "Peeay" where everyone is German (except me) -- pork & sauerkraut! But ... um .... I'm not a fan. o.O

    Nicely done :)

  5. Here in Trentino we too often have pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day ... this region was once part of Austria ... in the rest of Italy they have pork with lentil soup ... but pork is almost always a part of the menu, now thanks to your Mother, I can give a plausible explanation to this choice! Great series of haiku too! I'm still wondering where your moose come from!

  6. Like the first verse best...and the photo of your lovely mom.

  7. Somehow I sympathize with the spider.. why make anything special of it.. But pork is fine food... so why not.

  8. If Mom is turning 94 soon, then all those years of pork and sauerkraut must be doing their magic!


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