Haiku for Carpe Diem Special #40, Kikusha-Ni’s ‘in the teabowl’

Today’s Carpe Diem Haiku prompt is Kikusha-Ni’s ‘in the teabowl’

tenmoku ni koharu no kumo no ugoki kana

in the teabowl
this motion of the clouds
of ‘Little Spring’

“Today our first Special haiku written by Kikusha-Ni, (this means ‘Hut of the Chrysanthemums’), a nun of the Shen sect of Pure Land Buddhism, ther same sect to which the haiku poetess Chiyo-Ni belonged. ‘Ni’ in her name means that she is a nun.

“Arouse the mind, without attachment to anything”.

Haiku at first sight may seem rather slight or thin. This is partly because they avoid any parade of depth, and indeed mask their profundity under a characteristic humour or apparent simplicity; it is partly because of insufficient cooperation by the reader.
The brevity of haiku is not something different from, but a part of the poetical life; it is not only a form of expression but a mode of living more immediately, more closely to life.”

Kristjaan Panneman

800px-Flickr_-_cyclonebill_-_TeImage Credits

little clouds
whilst nun is praying
sip her tea

800px-Darjeeling-tea-first-flush-in-cupImage Credits

steeped essence of
my feeling

Frothy Coffee

morning coffee cup
forecasts the day’s challenge –

Thank you for taking a break at my humble Haiku home, I hope my tea leaves your happy.

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013

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About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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13 Responses to Haiku for Carpe Diem Special #40, Kikusha-Ni’s ‘in the teabowl’

  1. Maggie Grace says:

    Wonderful! I forgot about the nun. Had wanted to somehow work her into a haiku. But alas I forgot. Glad you didn’t!


    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you Grace. the picture came first with that one. I saw the little clouds and tried to think who had been in the empty seat before the clouds moved in 🙂


  2. Clouds sipping the tea of the praying nun … an extraorinary take on the Special haiku.


  3. JazzBumpa says:

    Three smiles. As always, nicely done.



  4. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Oh, those naughty little clouds! What will the poor, thirsty nun do when she turns from praying to find her cup empty? 🙂



  5. great set/ I love those coffee clouds…


  6. ewdupler says:

    Cumulonimbus coffee led with a strong front to thunderous appreciation. Nice job! All of these were well done.


  7. WabiSabi says:

    Your first one is simply delightful! For some reason, I am picturing little children sipping her tea!Stirred, Not Shaken


  8. 4joy says:

    sometimes I can be obtuse -wondering how the nun can sip tea and pray too!


  9. Oh, a challenging day indeed, if the the clouds are heaped so high in the cup!

    Stirring Sugar Clouds


  10. siggiofmaine says:

    The challenge was met…with clouds of coffee and cream☺
    Thank you


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