Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sing Back

Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #24 movement (undou)

singing back her lullabies - old age

(C) Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 26, 2015

Inspired by:

like wheel

always turning around
seasons come and go

© Chèvrefeuille

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Under Mistletoe

Done for Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2015 #6 mistletoe

under mistletoe
my mistress
letting all go...
on tiptoe

(c) Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 24, 2015


under mistletoe
I kiss the ones I love
God as my witness

© Chèvrefeuille

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waning Dawn

Done for Carpe Diem #884 on our way home: the scent of early rice, the tomb also shakes, autumn coolness, red more red, a lovely name, how pitiful

waning dawn...
the crickets let go
of their songs

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 23, 2015.


how pitiful
under the armored helmet
a cricket

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

World's Manager

Done for Carpe Diem's Seven Days Before Christmas 2015 #2 Silent Night

from a manger
comes the world’s manager
this silent night!

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 20, 2015


silent night
snow falls softly on the graveyard
our Savior is born

© Chèvrefeuille

Water Pearl

Done for CarpeDiem Special #187 Georgia's 3rd, a haibun "idyllic spring"

fresh raindrops
on each sunken mushroom
a water pearl

 ©Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 20, 2015.

 inspired by:

 idyllic spring
among the wildflowers
the hunt continues

© G.s.k. ‘14

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Emptying Thoughts

Done for Carpe Diem #880 secrets unveiled of the Deep North: coolness, cloud peaks, not permitted to tell

parting thoughts
along a passing cloud
mountain top

(Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 18, 2015)

inspired by these:

cloud peaks
how many have crumbled
on the mountain of the moon

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

as I step on coins
on sacred Yudono road
tears rush to my eyes

© Sora, Basho’s travel companion (Tr. James David Andrews)

too late for the ferry
after a steaming hot summer night
with my paramour

© Chèvrefeuille

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Toad Voices

Done for Carpe Diem #877 Experiencing the Deep North; making the coolness; crawling out (short episode)

all that is left
of an ancient well—
toad voices

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 13, 2015.

inspired by:

crawling out
from under the shed
toad's voice

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

under colored leaves
the voices of thousand ants
preparing for winter

© Chèvrefeuille

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Baptism Unholy

Done for Carpe Diem #876 the journey continues: early summer rains; fleas and lice (a short episode)

baptism unholy
a puddle splash
from a passing car

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 11, 2015.

inspired by:
fleas and lice
now a horse pisses
by my pillow

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
along the seashore
hand in hand with the love of my life
a seagull shits on my head

© Chèvrefeuille

Coffee Steam Rising

Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #22 double entendre (double meaning)

in the chest of china
my black coffee steam rise
into morning light

©Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 10, 2015.

Inspired by:
the rainy image
of the bottom shining princess
the moon's face

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

touching each other
at the river
©Jane Reichhold

secret admirer -
petals of red roses around
my morning glory

© Chèvrefeuille

Monday, December 7, 2015

Leafless Tree

Done for Carpe Diem Special #185 Georgia's first "Autumn Reflections" (Troiku)

leafless tree
lifting a cup of nest
to the sky

leafless tree
letting go from its arms
departing fog

lifting a cup of nest
a tree reaches out to heaven
for showers

to the sky
a tree dreams
of inner height

Copyright (c) Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 7, 2015.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On Departure

Done for Carpe Diem #870 prologue: spring departing; how glorious

the long face of this cat
who keeps me company

©Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 4, 2015

Also inspired by these haiku below:

spring departing
birds cry and in the fishes'
eyes are tears
©Matsuo Basho

a farewell verse
scribbled on a receipt
don't forget me

© Chèvrefeuille

Harmattan winds

Done for Carpe Diem

In imitation of a haiku writing technique dubbed "mixing up". Here the haiku action leaves the reader in a state of subtle confusion, as to who is doing the action, nature or the persona. You may  be right to call it application of ambiguity in haiku.

harmattan winds...
carrying leaves across
the border
(c) Adjei Agyei-Baah, December 4 , 2015

Inspired by the following haiku:

end of winter
covering the first row
of lettuce seeds

© Jane Reichhold

full moon
walking around the pond
all night

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

World Without End

Done for Carpe Diem Special #184 Ese's fifth "still beautiful"

world without end—
fish swim under ice
under crystal sky

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 30, 2015

Inspired by:
left behind
in the frozen pond
white feather

© Ese

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stone carvings

Done for Carpe Diem #866 Shevet Uul

all that remain
of a lost tribe’s story—
scratches and scars

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 28, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Done for Carpe Diem #865 Reading Nature

particles of dust
on the wings of the wind
harmattan passing thru

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November, 2015.


Done for Carpe Diem #20 Paradox

a beauty
whitening in blackness
queen of the night

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November, 2015.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Native's Prayer

Done for Carpe Diem #864 Juniper

Altai mountain--
natives’ prayer rises through
a column of smoke

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 24, 2015

Inspired by

holy smoke rises
blesses the steppes – the wind
spirit of Altai

© Chèvrefeuille

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Through The Eyes Of The Eagle

Done for Carpe Diem #862 Vistas

from the tip of the mountain
through the eyes of the eagle
how I wish the blind could see!

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 19, 2015

Coin Flip

Done for Carpe Diem #861 Sacred Stones (Ovoo)

a wish
to get home safe, I flip a coin
into Ovoo cairn

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 20, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

All The World's A Page

Done for Carpe Diem #860 Cosmic Order

all the world's a page
where every  man drops
an ink

© Adjei Agyei-Baah , November 18, 2015


Done for Carpe Diem #19 as is above; as below

over our vanities--

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 18, 2015.

Inspired by the haiku below:

the horse's head bowed
straight down
© Jane Reichhold

snow on snow
this night in December
a full moon
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

steel blue night
the old pond ripples in the breeze
mirrored full moon
© Chèvrefeuille

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Desert Heat

Done for  Carpe Diem #859 The Silk Road

finding shade
in our camel's hump--
desert heat

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 18, 2015.

Praying Dragonfly

Done for Carpe Diem Haiku Special No. 182 Ese's third "in the darkest hour "

Written in response to Ese’s:

in the darkest hour
wishing upon the morning star
just like years ago

© Ese of Ese’s Voice

skipping prayers
a posing dragonfly
returns me to my kneels

© Adjei Agyei-Baah , November 18, 2015.

Monday, November 16, 2015

River Song

Done for Carpe Diem #858 Throat Songs of the Steppes

cave walk
the rippling echoes
of a river’s song

© Adjei Agyei-Baah , November 18, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Raindrops On Bamboo

Done for Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #99 Raindrops On Bamboo

raindrops on bamboo
shimmer in the sunlight
little diamonds

© Chèvrefeuille

rushing brook gathers gurgles
with fishes in a still dance

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 15, 2015.

Lost Sheep

Done for Carpe Diem #856 Shepherds

mad rush…
a whistling train, takes over
the shepherd’s voice

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 14, 20015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Leaf Falls

Done for Carpe Diem

a leaf falls
into its shadow
into itself

© Adjei Agyei-Baah, November 11, 2015.

a maple leaf –
I search for life line
in my palm

© Ese of Ese’s Voice