Mizu No Oto - Every Image Has Its Haiku Contest - WEEK #15

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kata kabe ni umite no kaze ya fuyu no tsuki

a sea breeze

against the wall -

winter moon

haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), tr. Luca Cenisi

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Welcome to 2019!

After the Christmas break, we resume our haiku contest.
I hope to find you all, full of positive energy for the new year that is starting.
I hope this little poetic oasis will continue to relieve the burdens of each one's life.

In the first 14 editions of this contest, we tried to explore the poetic concepts of classical haiku. From now on, however, I would like to gradually bring the argument to the modern haiku or gendai.

The terms of the contest do not change, if not only slightly. Strict adherence to the number of syllables will no longer be considered a fundamental requirement, and adherence to the spirit of haiku, of which we have now seen many examples, will be evaluated more than form.

Hoping to have fun as always, we come to the photo of the week!


For those that want to unleash their poetic potential, here is how this contest works:

• Look at the prompt image and let yourself be inspired by it.

• Write a haiku related to the prompt image. The haiku should be composed by 1-3 short verses with no title. The classical haiku form is 3 verses of 5/7/5 syllables, but other forms are allowed, as long as they remain in absolute brevity.

• If you aren’t confident with English enough, you can write your haiku in Spanish, French, or Italian as well. Only remember, if you write in languages different from English, please include an English translation for other readers.

• Post the haiku on your blog or in the comment section below this post. If you make your own post, don’t forget to put the link to it in the comment section below!

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Watch out for the @bananafish comment to this post, under which you can cast your vote (and try to win the Best Comment award)

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Prompt Image:

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[photo by @marcoriccardi ]


Do you want to know how we evaluate the submitted haiku? These are the characteristics we search for (but not mandatorily):

• Kireji (切れ字), a cut between the 1st and the 2nd verses, or between the 2nd and the 3rd; the cut can be grammatical, as a sign of punctuation, or it can be a cut in the meaning, like two different images.

• Kigo (季語), an explicit or implicit reference to a season, that defines the time of the year in which the haiku is composed or referred to.

• Sabi (寂), the sense of the inexorable passage of time, the beauty or serenity that accompanies the advance of age, when the life of the objects and its impermanence are highlighted by patina and wear or by any visible repairs.

• Wabi (侘寂), the taste for frugal and natural things, rustic simplicity, freshness or silence; it can be applied to both natural and artificial objects, or even non-ostentatious elegance.

• Mono no aware (物の哀れ), empathy with nature and human life; the "feeling of things", nostalgia, regret for the passing of time, understanding of the changeability and of the transience without suffering.

• Yūgen (幽玄), sense of wonder and mystery; it represents the state of mind produced by the inexplicable fascination of things, the feeling of an 'other' universe, full of mysterious unity.

• Karumi (軽み), beauty in simplicity; poetic beauty reflected in its simplicity, free from preconceptions and moral judgment.

• Shiori (しおり), gentleness; the levity and the delicate charm that radiates from the verses, where things are evoked in the reader without aggressiveness or excessive explicitness.


Submission deadline: Wednesday 16th January, 11:59 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).

The results will be out on Thursday 17th January, 1:00 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).

I wish everyone good luck!

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It’s a mystery!
All people will sit right there
and put their faith in ice.


Welcome to Mizu No Oto! Yes, it's a mystery: a pagan mystery! I'ts been thousands of years that people gather to burn pyres of brushwood in the heart of winter, to propitiate the return of the sun.
This particular pyre is built in a raft on the river... a scenic and safer thing at the same time


ah! and thank you for your kind welcome!

Saludos, amigos de @bananafidh y participantes en el concurso. ¡Feliz 2019! Aquí el enlace de mi entrada:



Calidez y frío, la combinación sensorial extrema le da fuerza a tu haiku @josemalavem, me gusta lo que sugiere.


Hermoso haikú, mi querido @josemalavem. Me recuerda el calor del hogar y la familia durante las fiestas de Navidad.

Here be me entry for this contest here.


Me gustó mucho tu haikú! Suerte!

Rages the old flame
Those new lights have not the warmth
Nor the smell of wood


The contrast between natural and artificial is an interesting interpretation, which I see more than one of you used.
The first verse, "rages the old flame", sounds like an ancient fairy tale told around the fire.

A dramatic image for the New Year. May the creative spirit in 2019 burn bright for all of us.
My reaction, expressed as haiku, to the photo.

Fierce fire burning bright
Billowing ash into night.
Source of life, and light


Hermoso, la figura del fuego como fuente de vida y luz, que durante la oscuridad consume lo negativo y a partir de lo cual hay una renovación, un resurgir de la vida...


Este haikú me ha gustado mucho.


Thank you! I'm going over to yours now, which I have already read. I love the version in Spanish. I'll make a separate comment over there.


Your haiku seems just a well-wishing rhyme that could be pronounced by one of the people gathering to admire the fire of the beginning of the year. Very appropriate!


Thank you. Just a well-wishing rhyme, to great a New Year with a sort of pagan hope. That captures it :)

Vote your favorite Haiku down here!


Una de las motivaciones que me llevan a participar en este concurso de haiku, desde hace unas cuantas ediciones, es su propuesta seria y sólida tanto en sus criterios como en la foto que ofrecen cada vez, cuya característica no es la frivolidad y lo fácil, sino, por el contrario, la exigencia de concentración, meditación y sugestividad.
Esta vez también han concurrido ejercicios de mucha calidad; entre los que más me gustan están los de @agmoore, @manoldonchev, @adncabrera, @oscarina y @vida-blanca.
De ellos voto por el de @adncabrera. Logra construir con soltura los versos con las medidas que convencionalmente corresponden (aunque para esta nueva etapa no es una condición indispensable, pero, sobre todo, aprecio, en esa condensación y brevedad, la percepción de la realidad mostrada, colocando en primer plano la significación de la fuerza de lo natural y del tránsito cíclico del tiempo con sencillas y claras imágenes.

One of the motivations that lead me to participate in this haiku competition, for several editions now, is its serious and solid proposal both in its criteria and in the photo they offer each time, whose characteristic is not frivolity and the easy, but, on the contrary, the demand for concentration, meditation and suggestibility.
This time there have also been high quality exercises; among those I like the most are @agmoore, @manoldonchev, @adncabrera, @oscarina and @vida-blanca.
Of them I vote for @adncabrera. He manages to construct with ease the verses with the measures that conventionally correspond (although for this new stage it is not an indispensable condition, but, above all, I appreciate, in that condensation and brevity, the perception of the reality shown, placing in the foreground the significance of the force of the natural and of the cyclical transit of time with simple and clear images.


Thank you! Warms my heart to be included with these wonderful poets.

Will Christmas lights remain?
Comfort as smoke fills crisp air
Loving timeless flame

Posted using Partiko Android


Welcome to Mizu No Oto!

The initial question remains, fluctuating like a spark in the warm smoke of the ancient flame, warming the hearts of those present (I personally would Christmas lights remain all the winter long, but many can disagree...)

¡Que este año esté lleno de muchos éxitos. @bananafish!


Muchas gracias, correspondemos de todo corazon por el pueblo de Venezuela!

Antes que nada, poetas, mi salutación de año nuevo deseando que el 2019 sea para todos un manantial de haikus, salud y éxitos.
Esta es mi entrada para la semana: https://steemit.com/haikucontest/@oacevedo/mizu-no-oto-every-image-has-its-haiku-contest-week-15


Aunque tu poema habla de despedidas, el lenguaje de las llamas habla de eternidad. Me gusta @oacevedo.

Amigos de @bananafish, en esta oportunidad he llegado temprano y no se me ha olvidado colocar mi enlace. Ya saben, ¡propósitos de Año Nuevo!

Friends @bananafish team, this time I arrived early and I didn't forget to place my link. You know, New Year's purposes!


Mi haikú en español:

Arde el viejo árbol:
Su memoria refugia
Luz por venir.

Versión en inglés:

The old tree burns:
His memory refuges
Light to come.


Here is my entry for this week. https://steemit.com/haikucontest/@stever82/my-entry-for-mizu-no-oto-every-image-has-its-haiku-contest-week-15

I will work on my story post tomorrow to much work this week.

Saludos, @bananafish y amigos de la magia del haiku. Con mis deseos de bienestar en el año que se inicia, les dejo mi inspiración:

Tú, viejo fuego,
flama personal de sol.
Te admiramos.


You, ancient fire,
personal sun flare.
We admire you.

Me alegra compartir este espacio nuevamente @bananafish, aquí mi haiku. https://steemit.com/haiku/@evagavilan/mizunooto-everyimagehasitshaikucontest-week15-9evcnr5qe2
Homenaje a Beltaine
magia de luz.

Tribute to Beltaine
light magic.

Me animé a participar esta vez. ¡Aquí está mi entrada!

Con su respectivo Haikus en español e inglés:

El tiempo pasa,
quemando los recuerdos
que ya no están.

Time passes,
burning memories
that they're gone.



Hermoso haikú, @johannfrare. Es una sensación paradójica la tristeza por lo que ya no existe.


Sentimiento y nostalgia en estos versos. Me ha gustado mucho tu haikú, @johannfrare.

Mi entrada:
¡Saludos y bendiciones para ustedes en este nuevo año!


Tu haikú nos habla de finales y de renovación. Me gustó, @oscarina.


Gracias @aurodivys, así es refiere dejar atrás lo pasado y recomenzar, de renacer partiendo de las cenizas, como el ave fénix... Saludos¡

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Que broma pensé que había colocado ya el link a mi haiku pero parece que el Internet me jugo una broma, espero estar aun a tiempo.
Mi entrada para el: Mizu No Oto - Every Image Has Its Haiku Contest - WEEK #15

Here my first entry for this contest.

As moths we blaze
among Leds' burning flames.
Winter solstice

Bruciamo nei led
Falene fra le fiamme.
Solstizio d'inverno

Hola mis queridos amigos y contrincantes del concurso propuesto por la gente de @bananafish, aquí les dejo mi Haiku, Mi Primer Haiku , me he contagiado de este fenómeno poético, así que estaremos compartiendo por estos lados. Gracias!


Me gusta tu haiku @vida-blanca, claro con el agua que apaga la llamarada.

Saludos, amigos de @bananafish.¡Feliz año 2019 para todos!

Les dejo mi entrada al concurso.