Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence


Time Machine


The changes she saw
In her hundred year long life
Human time machine

My grandmother lived to be one hundred and a half. Born in 1908, these are just some of the changes she saw in her lifetime:

Horses to cars
Outhouses to indoor plumbing
Homemade to store bought
Electric appliances
The zipper
Home radio
Invention of antibiotics
Aerosol cans
Biplanes to jets
Paper to plastic
Paper to digital
Landlines to cellphones
Humans exploring deep sea
Humans exploring outer space

What an amazing time to have been alive.

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Change


sleep with “daki kago”, part 2


Yosa Buson:

sleep with “daki kago”!
as with a one-night harlot at Fushimi
exchanging lovers’ talks.


sleeping alone
the spring breeze
comforts me


Spider gently sways
Asleep with daki kago
Trapped moth’s good night kiss

I loved this challenge. After putting together sleep with “daki kago”, part 1, I could not get Chèvrefeuille’s example above out of my head. My mind kept seeing the basket weave of the daki kago similar to a spider’s web. So here is my second attempt. Again, I seem to have a darker, survivalist spin to mine or perhaps I was just hungry…….

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku By … #4 Buson’s sleep with “daki kago”


sleep with “daki kago”, part 1


Yosa Buson:

A bat flits
in moonlight
above the plum blossoms.


Bats swarming at dusk
Dark cloud gathers to feed
In search of winged prey

Once again Chèvrefeuille has a great challenge: to share and be inspired by your favorite haiku written by Yosa Buson (1716-1784), one of the “big-five” haiku poets. This was a great challenge for me as I had not read much of Buson’s work. I chose this haiku not only because of its beautiful imagery but because I am quite fond of bats. They are a wonderful part of our ecosystem yet they suffer from an undeserving, very bad reputation. Bats also symbolize autumn and upcoming Halloween (which also plays into their bad reputation). My response is not as serene as Buson’s but it is a behavior that I find fascinating nonetheless.

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku By … #4 Buson’s sleep with “daki kago”


Dragonfly Troiku



Dragonfly lights near
In the fading autumn light
Iridescent eyes


Dragonfly lights near
Resting on a jasmine vine
One short day of life

In the fading autumn light
Dragonflies replace blossoms
Amongst jasmine leaves

Iridescent eyes
Scan the early evening
One last chance to dance

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #62 Troiku