Mizu No Oto - Every Image Has Its Haiku - WEEK #20

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cold moonlight-

the warmth tangible

from bare trees

haiku by Teiichi Suzuki

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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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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 20th February, 11:59 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).

The results will be out on Thursday 21th February, 1:00 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).

I wish everyone good luck!

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Send in the cleaners
A messy midnight business
Peaceful quiet dawn


From all the ones I read so far I like your Haiku most of all. Your way of thinking is different. No vacation.


Thank you, your comments looks quite poetic, too :)

From all the ones I read so far
I like your Haiku most of all


Vacation or not, we were all influenced by the school activity...


Almost sounds like you work at a school. lol


Well...more a 4:30 p.m. business, thanks to Italian school!

News echoes through hall
Holiday comes, empty chairs
When will summer come ?


I think soon, look at the sun outside!

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Being how it is cold and rainy here in LA, I asking the same question.


That's what we're all asking! Anyway it's an interesting kigo!

Nice to meet you. I am Japanese Steemian. Mizu no oti... Are you interested in Japan?

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Hello @yasu24, @f3nix writing. Yes, both me and @marcoriccardi (my real life great friend) are interested an fascinated by Japanese culture. We both love haiku poetry. He taught it to me, runs the contest and he's a longtime haijin. Besides, I'm a Wado Ryu Karate-do martial artist, following grand master Katsutaka Otsuka, whose honbu dojo is in Tokio. Visiting Japan is definitely in the top position of the to-do list! Thanks for your comment, we would be very happy to welcome you in our discord and, if you feel like, we invite you to write a haiku with us. Cheers!


Oh! Amazing. Thank you for telling me.

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Thanks to you for passing by! It's great to see you here.

Here be me entry below, I shall not be making a seperate post for this:
Hmm huzz huzz hunk hlink
"Aye Morty, set up chairs. Okay?"
-Pre-working day hour.


It's the life of the janitor haijin!


I can hear them, see them with their brooms. When I was working, I always liked the before and after hours, when no one was around, that I had the place to myself. (No, I didn't clean, but I did have some unusual jobs)


UwU ~ Thanks for reading and commenting. And that’s good that image was created~


Cast your vote down here

Vota tu preferido bajo ahì


Se han presentado ejercicios que asumen interpretaciones un tanto disímiles del tiempo estacional que estaría registrado en la fotografía de @marcoriccardi: ¿apogeo o final del invierno? Esto, lejos de ser una desventaja, ha contribuido a dar visiones muy interesantes. Entre mis favoritos están los ejercicios de @wakeupkitty, @ccaallvviinn, @tristancarax, @solperez y @acostacazorla. Me inclino especialmente por los dos últimos, pues aprecio en ellos una carga muy poética, lo que hace difícil mi voto definitivo. Así, pues, me decido por dar mi voto a @solperez. Dando cuenta del tiempo en tránsito (Navidad), la visión del hablante se deja tomar por una nostalgia profunda: la de la infancia ausente, que se manifiesta como imagen denotativa y a la vez connotativa, es decir, metafórica; pero, más aún, esa visión es presentada por medio de una imagen muy significativa y hermosa: temporalidad y nostalgia se experimentan como un reflejo: "vive en espejos", que aludiría a los cristales de las ventanas, pero, sobre todo, al destello de la luz sobre la mesa.


Mi voto de esta semana es para manoldonchev,
porque logró un enfoque interpretativo, diferente
al de la mayoría.


Voto por @wakeupkitty, me gustó mucho su versión poética, en la pregunta qué borró
o que se llevó el invierno?


I'll be back to upvote the vote section tomorrow, @bananafish (you know I'm good for it :)). Would like to cast my vote for @mllg this week. Her poem distinguishes itself not only for beauty but also because it reads so well in English and Spanish. That's quite unusual.


This week my vote goes to @solperez, I liked very much his haiku, the approach she gave it and the poetic charge with which she described it.

I think I'm late, but wanted to join in anyway. Here's a response to this picture:

Stick hands cannot knock.
Empty room. Snowman wonders,
Where are the children?


Funny! It could be told to the children of this class


You're right. I think I saw it as a child would. Boy did I hate school. Always wanted to be outside, with the snowman :)


Well, I hated school... but I loved your haiku. Captures a moment in time and your joy in that moment.

Dejo para la consideración de ustedes mi participación: https://steemit.com/haikucontest/@solperez/mizu-no-oto-every-image-has-its-haiku-week-20. Suerte para todos.


Vacation or not, we were all influenced by the school activity...

Hola! por aquí dejando mi participación
Hello! around here leaving my participation


Escuela triste
Fiestas navideñas
Niños alegres

Sad school
Christmas holidays
Cheerful children


I glad to know the children are cheerful.


Un agradable haiku, @yujomar, asociado con las festividades navideñas.

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Me estreno en esta maravillosa iniciativa. Mi participación y suerte a todos.

Hola, amigos de @bananafish y participantes. Aquí el enlace de mi ejercicio, y más abajo el original en español y la versión en inglés. ¡Suerte!


Frío en huida
El sol se posesiona
del hogar ocioso

Cold on the run
The sun takes possession
of the the idle home

Comparto con todos mi participación de esta semana @bananafish, gracias una vez más por reunirnos aquí. https://steemit.com/equipocardumen/@evagavilan/mizunooto-everyimagehasitshaiku-week20-nhsxttctl9

Hola a todos los participantes de este muy concurrido concurso. Había olvidado dejar por aquí mi haiku:
Suerte para todos.

Aquí mi entrada de esta semana. Suerte para todos.