Written for:  Carpe Diem #1639 blossom haze (hanagumori)

“This month we are exploring the classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords) for spring and today I have a wonderful classical kigo for you to work with. Today our classical kigo is blossom haze (hanagumori). I will try to explain the meaning of this kigo.”

“A clouded sky during the Cherry blossom season, blossom haze, is “hanagumori”, only in this season used as a kigo for late spring and never used for other flowers in haze or clouds. (Source: Gabi Greve’s World Kigo Database)”

blossom haze

Blossom Haze

blossom haze –
in a corner of the capital
is Asukayama

© Masaoka Shiki

And another one, more of modern times, by Ayabe Jinki (1929-2015)

this fish is best
as Tempura . . .
cherry blossom haze

© Ayabe Jinki

against dark clouds
more fragile than they already are
cherry blossoms

© Chèvrefeuille  (our host)

blossom haze –
walking in the middle
of falling petals

Ah! those cherries
have to let go their blossoms –
blossom haze

© Chèvrefeuille (2013)

Here is my attempt:

hazy blossoms
try to show their true colors
cherry pink and white


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to haze

  1. Such a fragile beauty caught in a few lines. Chapeau Sara.


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