Friday, December 30, 2011

windy slush
scattering all over -
my white hair

Thursday, December 29, 2011

withering year
December rain flushing
the windowsill

Saturday, December 24, 2011

starry night -
warmest stars just behind
the hilltop

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

One More Path of Looking at the Puddles

puddled path -
the only growing thing
is the swollen river

Monday, December 19, 2011

how on earth
this old puddle spent
it's long night?

This December is one of the warmest for a long time. And rainy. And dark. Anyway we got the sun up here some six hours, when my friend up there in Utsjoki none hours. (Their Sun will rise up 17th Jan next year over there.)

This text got a version where "puddle" = magpie. Tried to catch the magpie with my camera; didn't succeed. Only thing remains still when I have my camera is this old puddle...

If the rains will continue: Thirteen Ways of Looking At a puddle ?-)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

green bananas ...
after twelve days and night
a New Year's eve!

I just had a conversation with my Friend Samuli. He lives now in Addis Abeba. (Addis Abeba = New Flower.) He just bought some bananas; yellow ones with some dark spots...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This one could be as a comment for Marcel Peltier... Anyway, here:

drifting snowflakes -
my uncombed

They say that an iceberg is drifting ...
Where to, reaching it's destiny down there?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

warm westerly winds -
just ten days
before Christmas

Monday, December 12, 2011

a lit up tree
in a windy park -
the rain passed around

Monday, December 05, 2011

Brighter the streetlamps
the shadows deepening -

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Warm December -
someone cancelled
the whole winter?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December 1st noon -
The sun
behind the treetops

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

- Enter! I said.
Someone knocked on the windowsill.
The rain.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

a wet path -
the lamppost illuminating

Monday, November 28, 2011

drifting clouds -
the only clothing
for the whole sky?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

flying from the forest
by heart

This one is my comment for Ogaks, in NOBO mailing list.

Monday, November 21, 2011

this cold night -
still in tune
o wind chime?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

warming up
the chilly sky -
smoke from chimneys?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

growded parking lot -
no room left for
winter's first snow

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

autumn day -
a lone crow

I have not seen so many crows. Just sparrows and a some magpies. Our maple tree is quite leafless; ready for wintry storms? I was happy when saw one crow! Now I have spottered three different birds! And two squirrels, And one honest-looking white cat.

Not yet snow here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

city lights -
the sky unclothes
the clouds

Thursday, November 10, 2011

naked maple,
me too!

Not yet any snowshowers.
But it's getting cooler; +3 C today. (+ 37 F) ... trying to engage maple tree in conversation ...

I wonder
are you still alive -
o leafless maple

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

bright side
of our maple tree
is leafless, too

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

maple's leaves
falling away -
squirrel's home

Monday, November 07, 2011

o maple tree -
you? but I feel happy
with my white hair

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Darkening days -
some more died leaves
hurrying down

This is one variation from the Yellow (= died) leaves.
Autumn is proceeding; continued voyage of yellow leaves...

Died leaves -
what's left
for the long winter?

Saturday, November 05, 2011

an unused path
growded with
yellow leaves

Friday, November 04, 2011


November rain
playing with wind chime -
a leaping cat


an untuned
wind chime solo -
flying leaves

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The boat going
to cross the seaway -
autumn waves

Monday, October 31, 2011

young leaf
fallen on the wet asphalt -
cruel October

Sunday, October 30, 2011

rained leaves -
the park
turning yellow

Saturday, October 29, 2011

lone crow
on leafless branches
seeking company

Friday, October 28, 2011

cold rain
on red leaves -
a happy autumn

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

desert -
wind driven sand

Saturday, October 22, 2011

over Libyan desert -
an unburied lion

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Autumn is approaching us. But it is quite warm. (+ 10 C, +51 F). Trees know what is going on, anyway; continously yellow, red and brown leaves all over. Winter tyres to be changed soon etc. Preparing to start our warming systems.

visiting us
o cold autumn wind -
greetings from?

Issa, - perhaps? wrote this one:

o autumn wind
- a nice cup of tea?

Monday, October 17, 2011

lonely scarecrow -
does he also
feel old

This one is something to do with Magyar's:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

a broken branch
among yellow leaves -
a distressed squirrel

This a variant for this text:

happy squirrel -
some more unused
cones left


(Ashi's photo-haiga)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Windy autumn -
after yellowed leaves
a lively rainfall

Monday, October 03, 2011

that rotten smell?
deep inside the forest
the autumn

Somehow I will admit that here is something familiar with Santoka's two-liner:

that sound
the rain?

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Kawai Sora & autumn

Nobo is a mailing list where many haikuist are sending their haiku, and also discussing what is haiku. Today I sent a comment with a haiku there, and because everyone in this world is not a nobo-member I copy my text also here:

Knowing that a real haiku is something to do with any season, plus, my opinion also something very human, if not just in these lines but around it.

Just thinking Kawai Sora's haiku when he left Bashoo (for several days?!) and could not sleep well, my distant comment:

autumn side
of the mountains -
do you get along?

Basho, Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Interior) (1694)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Noiseless river -
a red maple leaf

Friday, September 23, 2011

Behind those hills
the sun is going to move?
- Autumnal equinox.

Just one hour ago she passed us, the Sun. It's Autumnal Equinox. We will also leave Muonio. Tomorrow morning.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This male reindeer
watching the approaching
autumnal equinox?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ferryboat's busy day -
crossing the fjord eastwards,
then westwards.

We visited Norway / Lyngen-fjord yesterday. Windy but sunny day. We had a good travel schedule; driving first 300 km up (186 miles) and then turned back. That 300 km was by the Kåfjord. I followed how this small ferry boat sailed from the west side of Lyngen-Fjord. When returned backwards I looked to the North, and that same ferryboat was there now sailing from the east to the west. (Lyngseidet.)

We had nice cups of coffee from our thermos, and headed back homewards. (Our home is now in Muonio; we hired a cottage for one week herefrom.)

Our thermos run of, no more coffee. Just kilometers after kilometers..

See below:

This was yesterday, so we survived!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

empty lake -
just one lonely bird

Monday, September 19, 2011

sunny side
of this rotten plank
hoary parched

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Autumnal trees -
my camera fished
two fishers

Thursday, September 15, 2011

a red cottage -
fresh breeze passing
the shore

We are proceeding northwards. Intending to jubilate next week's autumnal equinox at 68 degrees North ... (This one is from the Bay of Bothnia, Kalajoki, where we are staying this night.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

the sun rising -
morning train

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

air cleaning -
white clouds, too,
washed up

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday's sunrays
turning here
to visit me?

I've been lazy writing here. Sorry for that.

been busy -
a lazy poet

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tall Ships at Turku

Baltic Tall Ships Regatta 26.-28.8.2011 visiting Turku. Excellent weather. Those vessels are leaving tomorrow. Now resting here, in Turku.

a flagging ship -
noon sun
floodlights the wind

A bonus:

just a few ropes -
expecting fair

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Strawberry field -
senile scarecrow
watching itself

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Busy August -
too lazy
to write a haiku?

Following is a neat version for this:

August rain -
I forgot to buy

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

watering can
rotating the rainbow's
day off

Thursday, July 21, 2011

thundery showers -
a squirrel jumps from the pine
into the oak

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Some rust was found in our roof. We had to order a painters' team to solve that problem.

Painting took some more days we expected due to some rain...

* * *

Our nights are getting longer down here, in Turku.

My friend told me they'll have a sunset next week. He lives at Utsjoki, in Lappland. (H 24 sunny period begun at May 20th.)

Streetlamps needed longer and longer...

Shiny nights -
street lamps'
rusted memory

Sunday, July 10, 2011

hurry up -
the sun is ready
also for you

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

silent forest -
cuckoo laid its eggs
in mosquitoe's nest?

Monday, July 04, 2011

before the autumn
I'm going to change
my mind

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Reidar Särestöniemi 1925 - 1981

Artist Reidar Särestöniemi lived at Kittilä. One of his ateliers in the photo. That area is as a museum now, there is also a good cafe. By the river Ounasjoki also his childhood-home left as a museum. (Near this house.)

in the forest
one man's house -
& some mosquitoes

Some more photos here:
and here:

and here:

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lassagammi & Ailu

Some 40 years ago I visited many times my friend Ailu. At that times he lived (when stayed in Finland) in Pättikkä, place by the Swedish border in Finland's Lappland.

Ailu (Nils-Aslak Valkeapää) died a couple years ago. He built a new house over there, Skibotn in Norway, just before he died. That building is now sort of artists' residence.

nobody at home -
with the wind
a soft sound

Have a look:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A holiday trip to Norwegian side today. My wife asked at what time we will return to this cottage. "Before the sunset" was my answer. (It is not so long trip, but because of reindeers wandering on the roads etc.)

breakfast egg
cloudy side up claims
it's a good moorning

Monday, June 13, 2011

Peaceful countryside

I have spent several days now just traveling all around our Lappland... Now staying in the middle Lappland, near Swedish border. We hired a cottage here.

the wind, either,
not allowed
to rest

Our car in the parking lot is so happy; the sun warming her days and nights. A hay(na)ku:

all over
the unsleepy sun

As you know, the sunrise here was around May 23rd, and next sunset will be around 18th. July. This place is 68 Degs North. (Muonio.)

where to wander

Friday, June 03, 2011

That hasty bird
not at all acquainted
with my ideas?

Not so frequently online; I'm visiting Lappland, returning southwards next week.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I took this photo when I was bicycling and stopped when I saw the dandelions blossoming.

dandelions swarms -
world's end

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This one I sent to Japan-EU English Haiku Contest in Facebook:

also our dandelion
as bright as the sun

(桜咲く - sakura saku - cherry blossom)

- Japan-EU English Haiku Contest...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

No way to
tell you anything
more than
this one.

I got The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley 1975 - 2005. Thank you Amazon! I had already his Collected 1945-1975. This one is from Robert Creeley's Windows (1990).

Next one is my comment for that photo I took when seated near Hyde Park Corner a week ago. I was just listening.

Two pigeons

Labels: Robert Creeley, Hyde Park Corner, EU

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

silent forest

a crow caws twice

then silence

This one is a variation, or a follow-up for my earlier themes...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

a humming wind
but I do not remember

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

on my bare head
this empty

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

All that water
flowing in the river -
a drinking fish?

Monday, May 09, 2011

This is a combination from some sources; one idea from one, another idea somewhere else. Whether this a senryu, or not, is a trivial problem, I think.

man looks out the window -
an useless courtyard

Ps. My calendar says it is a Europe-day. Finland ought to support Portugal (as we have supported Iceland's and Greekland's...) My opinion is that we are stupid. Who is laughing? Deutche Bank? Banks in Spain? Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ?-(

Sunday, May 08, 2011

This picture is "borrowed" from Tenzin Tsundue's Kora, stories and poems.

And this is part of the poem from page 11:

I didn't know
if I was there or here.
I didn't know
if I was here or there.

They say the kyang
come here every winter.

They say the kyang
go there every summer.

(Kyang - wild ass found in herds in Changthang (northern plains) of Tibet and Ladakh.)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Young boy coughing
a cigarette in his mouth -
dusty spring

Sunday, May 01, 2011

sudden hailstorm
expected the asphalt
blooming, too

We got some hail yesterday, and when the hails melted the streets were undusty.

There is a similar text I wrote some years ago, where a gentle spring rain tried to get asphalt streets blossoming. .-)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

was an adventure,
said the snowman.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

solar winds


The solar wind -
ozone current
swimming across the sky


The solar wind -
misty clouds
whining away

Saturday, April 23, 2011

fresh sun
through bare branches -
ozone wind

Friday, April 22, 2011

running wind
takes the river south -
coughing cloud

(This was dated some days ago; first version in Finnish, so this is a translation. Also this is one idea I'm returning now and then.)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yesterday we found the very first blossoming coltsfoot,see here! (Click on the photo there.)

This bud here is just going to wake up. Click on it and the spider's thread is seen.

Kigo word: Spring (springhtening)

Monday, April 11, 2011

This photo's date is 8th April.

ices going to leave -
the river

dense fog #2

dense fog -
a whole world

Thursday, April 07, 2011

dense fog -
wondering how our free sky
is carrying on

Sunday, April 03, 2011

dark moon
heavy clouds

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

happy together
to fly free -
plutonium particles

Friday, March 25, 2011

Snow shower
on a blackbird -
diminishing shadows

On packed ice
some fresh snow -
Cool March

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

one day
after vernal equinox -
joyful spring

Sunday, March 20, 2011

melting spring
inside my shoes -
vernal equinox

Thursday, March 17, 2011

during last night
one broken icicle -
a roofquake

Finnish variation is found here: