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frog on rose


01 frog on rose wide till 04

watering plants ...
my frog takes his shower
on a red rose

CLICK for the last photo


My Karl the Froggie   .. 蛙とカラー

..... Frog in Buddha's Eye 仏の目にカール君

Thank you, Terry, for the arrangement!


kigo for roses in all seasons

. Rose (bara 薔薇) .

. . . Read my Haiku Archives



rosebuds in snow


08 red and white

monochrome pattern

05 rosebud monochrome

04 rosebud ok

rosebuds in snow -
the wait for spring

01 rosebuds in snow


Rosebuds ALBUM till Nr. 10

MORE of my Roses and Haiku
Roses in Paradise

. . . Read my Haiku Archives 2008

rose rose snow rose bud rose buds


rose buds


on the rose buds -
a letter from home


Comments from HH Members!

Very nice, Gabi. Your third line makes me think that the letter's arrival is as nurturing as the raindrops on the rose. I really like this.


Roses are for remembrance and love _ your 3rd line is most appropriate!
Lovely poem!


well done, enjoyed the moment.


i enjoyed to read your haiku, Gabi! very nice!

Nice one, Gabi . . . and always lovely to get a letter from home.


What I like about it is the way it lets go of the first image.
We are often so focused on playing off of that first image, resonating with it, or paralleling in some way -- prescribing, if you will, some sort of unity. This haiku is totally unforced, unconstructed I guess you could say, but nevertheless, a unified whole.
I learned from this one. Thank you for posting it.

..... GABI says:

Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds.
Discard them and their value will never be known.
Improve them and they will become
the brightest gems in a useful life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


your spare moments
your treasure moments
your haiku moments



I am aware that you practice shasei, because you linked to my short analysis of Joan Payne Kincaid's shasei in your blog

I've been meaning to thank you for that.

Anyway, even in shasei, take Joan's as an example, there is often an authorial "construction." I don't really have appropriate language to express this. I mean some sort of intervention or interpretation. The haijin has selected the elements with an eye towards, I don't know, cleverness maybe, or beauty sometimes -- towards INTENTIONAL resonance in either case

I often feel that I can't "get" a haiku on a given day; that I can not espy some interesting elements to connect, and so, have nothing to write.

Your haiku makes no attempt tat intentional resonance.. It "let's go" (again, suffering from lack of useful phrasing) of the first image entirely, instead of try to hinge upon it or play off of it. Personally, from where I am at in my development as a haijin, I just find that very instructive and I thank you for it.

I also enjoyed the quote from Emerson, by the way, and intend to pass it along to a friend who is having a bad day today.

..... GABI says:

Dear T.,

the difficult part is really to let go, the timing ...
After practising Japanese Archery, Kyuudoo for more than 30 years, I have come to value the exercise as a means of taiken 体験, physical experience, much more than the philosophical bubbles about it.

If you are not absolutely with the action, the bowstring will soon punish you, so to speak, with a bruise on the arm or broken spectacles or whatever ... ...
any intentions (will people like my haiku? will it go published here or there?) will hamper the natural flow ... so you have to experience the

aiming without aiming ...

I might try and put my thoughts about this

............ Japanese Archery and the Art of Haiku

one of these days, haha, if my arrow hits my haiku or vice versa ...

a bit of it is here


Thank you, Gabi, that was interesting.

For me, whether someone else will like and certainly not whether it will ever get published, truly never enters my mind. It's more "Is there something WORTHY here?" Either something remarkable or a way of showing it remarkably or perhaps, does some align with something else in a way that is, well, remarkable. See what I mean?

But I do appreciate your thoughts about the arrow, which I take to mean, the direction of one's consciousness.


This is a perfect moment... captured so well, Gabi!


I of those rare perfect moments captured perfectly --
in awe..... xxx applauds


Read my Haiku Archives 2007



roses and clouds


03 roses in foreground

sea of clouds -
my roses breathe
so carefully

CLICK for enlartement !

06 roses and clouds

frost melting
on my roses -
the beauty of NOW

07 frost melting

winter roses -
each petal has
its own spark

09 just one rose


The Art of Meditation in Taoism

Contemplative Taoists will be happily to sit with yogis and Zennists for as long as is reasonable and comfortable, but when nature tells us that we are 'pushing the river' we will get up and do something else, or even go to sleep...

... or even write a haiku ...

Basically, Taoist meditation is more like a sort of wisdom achieved by close observation of the things and phenomena in the world surrounding us. Such wisdom should help us go alongside with things and not against them, and is surely related to the wu-wei (nondoing) concept.


Read my Haiku Archives 2007

rose roses rose


roses and worms


02 rose wormholes

a rose
with many wormholes ...
haiku life

The story about the worms is here
. copyright worries  


. . . Read my Haiku Archives 2010



shiawase happiness



shiawase wa ashimoto ni aru
Haiku michi

09 mantis looking

is right at our footsteps -
haiku walk

11 red leaves

06 autumn rose


02 one yellow

06 cosmos middle

grows into shadows -
symphony in yellow


10 Haiku kun half shadow



shiawase wa aozora ni aru
haiku michi

22 more gingko momiji

18 momiji beginning

31 vines detail

is right up in the sky -
haiku walk

28 Hiroshige and red leaves

34 Hiroshige and sunshine

. START the walk from HERE  


. happiness, bliss (shiawase) and HAIKU   

. . . Read my Haiku Archives 2010



keeping cool


keeping cool
takes all my energy . . .
and yet

quote from Sep 2
Japan is sweltering through its hottest summer on record, weather officials said Thursday.

The Asian country joins a large swath of the Northern Hemisphere that has experienced an unusually hot summer. Meteorologists say 17 nations have recorded all-time-high temperatures this year, more than in any other year, and scientists have said that July was the hottest month on record for the world's oceans.

A heat wave in Russia unprecedented in 130 years of record-keeping triggered thousands of wildfires, while a surge in temperatures across much of Europe caused crops to wither and roads to melt. In the U.S., many cities in the northeast had record summer heat, while earlier this month 18 states issued heat advisories.

In the Middle East, temperatures hit a record high in Kuwait during June, while those in Saudi Arabia were several degrees above average. In China, Shanghai had its hottest August on record, while other provinces broke decades-old records, according to domestic media reports.

Across Japan, temperatures soared higher than historical averages by 2.96 degrees Fahrenheit (1.64 degrees Celsius) from June through August, the highest since 1898 when records began, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

That's higher than the previous record set in the summer of 1994. In Tokyo, temperatures have climbed as high as 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 Celsius).

Soaring temperatures sent more than 46,000 people to the hospital this summer, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. Some 150 people died from heat stroke.

The heat, however, has been good for the economy. A government report this week showed that retail sales rose 3.9 percent from a year earlier, as consumers bought cold drinks, summer clothing and cooling products.

Weather officials attributed the jump to global warming and a particularly strong high-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean. The nationwide average is based on temperatures recorded at 17 locations around the country.
To judge the average temperature for the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency compares average temperatures to the 30-year average from 1971 and 2000 in each location.

source :


The highest average temperature in Okayama town
for the month of August was 30.5 ℃
- the hottest in all of Japan for this month !
Okayama town is just about one hours drive south of my valley ...

Ohaga ... Michi no Eki


. . . Read my Haiku Archives 2010



copyright worries


talk to me -
your moving silence
makes me shiver

. Visiting Koyasan,a mountain monastery


May 30, 2010

I posted this on facebook a few days ago and suddenly it became

der Stein des Anstosses

One person copied the photo and published it in his album without asking permission or mentioning my name ... thus starting an Odyssee ...

John Potts alias "haiku crossroads",
alias "syllables17", alias AZTEC
. . . . . alias
Little Bursts of Awakening!
The Haiku Master
The White Knight of Haiku
From: John Potts
platounplugged or zenartist

. . . . . of facebook
Zen Guy
Opal Fields
James Butler
Haiku ?
Haiku Dialects
The Haiku Shaman
AbAgail Lowry (posing as a young girl) NOT Abigail Lowry

Yura Neejit (you are an idiot) of FB

. . . and continuing to use new names . . .

Haiku ukiaH - facebook group
(together with Zen Anectodes / Megan McMurray McGowen)

Replying to my reprimand, he wrote the following

"I took the pic of the pic (print screen) of the pic you took of a rock that belongs to Mount Koyasan Buddhist Sanctuary.
Frankly, I was going to use a better pic - but I was pressed for time, Gabi Greve.
Get over yourself."

When I reprimanded him again, he wrote:

Get some rest Gabi Greve -
you're making a fool of yourself, babe.

facebook: haiku crossroads

after deleting my photo

No, the whole concept of my post was upgraded, Gabi Greve - once I found the time in my busy schedule :
Much improved, thanks for the inspiration old gal!

To a friend who tried to challenge him on the copyright issue, he wrote

... you seem to have issues way beyond this overblown and grossly distorted nonsense though. Listen up. If you have no constructive things to share here with us all at haiku crossroads, buzz off back to your midden.
Anyway, this pic was deleted. You've seen the improved post. So what's this, you want to joust me is it, dudette?
Are you mentally ill?
I would rather not BAN you, there is still this open challenge for a haiku joust, if haiku jousting is not your thing - pick a subject of haiku theory to discuss.
Either way I'll eat you for breakfast, young lady! :D
are you mentally ill? I ask this kindly as he seems incapable of responding rationally to simple questions and requests. I'll monitor the situation.
... facebook

and more from JP

And YOU are totally misinformed
No worries though, there's a lot of misinformation polluting the Cyberian wastelands of the ghettos of pseud. Expert haijins are used to the rabid jealousy of haiku (et al) wannabes and other rainy day folks. God bless 'em.
. . . but do cheer up, grouchy dude! :D

On June 01


rabbi grebe
ye old lobster pot
wove out o' wattery dreams und insect

source : haiku crossroads

John Potts on Facebook

HAIKU: Little Bursts of Awakening!
John Potts (creator)


January 2, 2012

Out of the blue John Potts started an attack on me and my friends in facebook again.
Since I have blocked him and all of his aliases I am aware of there, I have no access to his postings, but sometimes friends keep me informed.
He had even been posting in one of the forums, where I (the administrator) could not see it. (That is a big problem with facebook.)

"... she (and her silly cronies)


"The vocal majority (Greve being one) mouth spurious, half-baked methodologies and offer vanity publishing and a home for the lost and the lonely. Fair enough. What is not offered, though, is the real deal. The reason being is they simply haven't got a clue, really, as to what haiku is all about.
They have not taken the bold step to be personally free from their culturally socialised habits of thought.
This is robot."

"They prance around like enlightened gurus and yet... know next to nothing.
Little wonder that Western haiku is simply an ongoing embarrassment in so many quarters.
The blind leading the blind in a merry dance of fruitless fantasy.
Basho's probably turning in his grave."

It seems he even takes notes of deletes postings . . .

To protect my friends here is just one note,
representing the many.

A quick note to say how much I appreciate you.
I've been on the receiving end of a JP blind-side attack and know how it feels. Even though we all know he is a sad and unhappy man it can still hurt. You are completely undeserving of such an attack, I'm sorry it happened.
Again, thank you for being my friend and for all you do for the haiku community.

. Hokusai, the Great Wave and the Tsunami 北斎 津波  .

. Honkadori 本歌取り allusion .

another interlude, July 22, 2012

John Potts writes in his google pages:

As a result of my general comment on a post by Gabi Greve at Haiku Foundation Forums, documented on Empress' Old Clothes, the following was posted:

"Thanks to the stalking of John Potts, I am going to delete all my entries here. I advise the admins to delete the rest. You can find copies in the goggle pages of John Potts." - Gabi Greve

All I will remark is that my daily haikai diary on Facebook ( Haiku Crossroads - a family orientated site ) was spammed incessantly by Greve. Then, after several days of harassment around the clock, as documented on one of my "goggle pages" all evidence of her usury disappeared (along with many other posts of overt and persistent attack
by Greve and her old boys and girls haiku club amigos --
aka: the haiku loony brigade ).
Poof, all gone. Every trace of their mob-mania expunged. Having covered their tracks they headed for the hills (with their tails between their legs). This taught me to keep proper records of some things.

So, ipso facto, disappearing evidence is not new. Frankly, I believe that Greve deleted her responses because they were embarrassingly absurd in the light of negative public reaction to Takiguchi's nutty editorial. Critiques by Haiku Foundation Forums' members on Greve's self-deluded vanity post confirm my own pithy summery regarding this eulogised (as in over-the-top) "haiku" which plagiarises the Issa classic:

"A poem maybe. Otherwise we have been given permission to write a sentence and call it a library. To say haiku/hokku is anything it wants to be is, clearly, utter nonsense. If a short story morphs into a novelette it is no longer a short story. It is a novelette. If a haiku becomes a sonnet then it is not a limerick either." - jp

As for "stalking". Well, that's an often used smear tactic, to the point of weasel-worded cliché. (Incidentally, I have better things to do with my time.) Of course, the subtext here is that Greve is worth the attention - they call this political spin. Whatever, since when does one comment constitute "stalking"? If this post had been by anyone else I would have still commented as I did. Why?
Because the 3-liner, penned by Greve and virtually sanctified by this Takiguchi character (chief honcho at the so called World Haiku Club) has been spuriously elevated to a status way beyond its actual copycat reality; and this for reasons, pontificated by Susuma Takiguchi, which are so utterly absurd as to be laughable.
Definitely a case in need of whistle blowing.


Now back to 2010 .

Well, here is a bit more about this:
. . . My Facebook : the Koya Stone Story

in the name of haiku . . .
sad summer rain


some comments of friends

Copyright or no, it is a simple matter of respect. It's sad that such things are not commonplace among people and that sometimes good behavior has to be legislated. You are a treasure, Gabi.

John, is the following really your response to Gabi? -
"I took the pic of the pic (print screen) of the pic you took of a rock that belongs to Mount Koyasan Buddhist Sanctuary. Frankly, I was going to use a better pic - but I was pressed for time, Gabi Greve. Get over yourself."
Surely you have more respect for other ...writers/artists than this? Most haiku writers I know would be more than happy for anyone to use their work... all we have to do is ask, and credit them.

"Get over yourself" he says: "Get over yourself" ????
Not: "I apologize" ?
And then he insults the picture and Gabi? Pompous horse's ass.

Well Mr. Potts, you've followed your own advice to the tee: Show don't tell.
You've shown the haiku community just who you are.

Your act of PLAGIARISM, John, to which you have admitted, marks you out very clearly for what you are. The creative community needs to be aware of people like you.

Dear Gabi,
a violation of copyright feels like a personal violation... it has happened me too... and then, to be insulted as well is a nightmare... No idea how someone with his attitude can write haiku...

John- You show a boorish attitude to fellow poets.
Respecting copyright and each other are necessary to good will amongst poets.
Grow up.

John, using Gabi's personal property without her permission than chastening her publically for objecting to what you did was rude and disrespectful. Imagine if someone used your car without your permission. Gabi is not full of herself but a humble human being who has mentored many and given much to the haiku world without fanfare or charging money.
the haiku path is not a cartoon or a world wrestling federation wrestling bout. It's one of humility, respect, and an emptying of self.


Is John Potts a haiku poet or a charlatan?

Has he been published? References please.

Strangely, although I have been familiar with both printed and online haiku publications for many years, the name 'John Potts' rings no bells. From his presence in this self-made Facebook page it is evident that he considers himself something of an authority, so clearly I have somehow missed all those references where he has been recognised by authorities in the genre.
Can someone please help me rectify my failing here, and point me at those places where his work and theorisation have received recognition and publication? Thanks for all assistance in this matter.

Why will you not apologise to Gabi?
For your theft of her photo and you subsequent rudeness ...


Why will you not apologise to Gabi?


Now that's a polite question, -
so, I will reply clearly, but only one time :

Gabi Greve has misrepresented this situation, for reasons best known to herself. The mob mentality has been harnessed to crucify the sinner who would fain question the emperors new clothes - I'm shivering in my socks!

Because of this disgraceful and underhanded behaviour
I have no inclination to apologise.
For what anyway?
I was spotlighting Gabi Greve's own origination!

Haiku crossroads freely allows people to showcase their valid interests related to the world of haiku and it's broader context. Gabi Greves, for one, is all over this new and excitingly informative haiku (et al) news site - like a frog in a pond.
(YOU drag me into this muddy pond, I never asked to be there.)

No worries about this whatsoever.
The ethos of haiku crossroads is on the tin :
"A new experimental page to see if we can generate a centralising web of haiku interconnectivity for haiku fans here on Facebook. An information exchange."

- MY original post was to share and compare two ku.
One which the Daruma kid had done and my own snappy response.

The fuzzy pic of that rock with a paw sticking out was over the 'shiver' senryu, which was the caption to the pic in question.

My senryu (in the spirit of free form rengay) was a good enough response - maybe better at making the point of confronting a silent holy stone in a sensitive frame of mind. Judge for yourselves :

talk to me ...
your silence makes me
— Gabi Greve

how so
so speechless
— jp

Not bad (SHOW not tell.)

- When Gabi Greve asked me to remove this post I did (albeit baffled).
(I never asked you to remove the post,
I stated I was the owner of the stone photo you had used as if it was your own.

((I just found the message I posted on facebook
To John Potts,
I took this photo myself and it should not be copied elsewhere without the quote of the author and the link given above.
source : facebook ))

To this you replied in your own logic, that
the stone belongs to the Koya monastery !

and then
you deleted it all by your own free will.
. . . . . and you wrote
No, the whole concept of my post was upgraded, Gabi Greve - once I found the time in my busy schedule : Much improved, thanks for the inspiration old gal!)

Sorted? Not at all.
it appeared to be a wonderful opportunity for creatures from under every haiku stone in haiku Cyberia to slither themselves into the twilight in some sort of a crazed zombie feeding frenzy! ^_^

However, as with all pseuds, as soon as they are confronted by the real deal they scurry off back down their rabbit holes again - shivering no doubt.
The ones that remain gradually melting away under the heat of my polite (but relentless) clarity of technical wizardry and superb rengay rebukes.

The true haiku lovers watch from a distance and wonder at the foibles of folks - it's what I would do myself if it were not my responsibility here to filter the sewage. We must not let the well get dirty - can you dig it?

CHECK OUT THE SOURCE HERE (allow for editorial deletions though - by the owner) :!/profile.php?id=718216843&v=app_2347471856

- Any questions? Ask them on this unmoderated thread.......

As for my own bona fide position in the scheme of haiku (et al) things (which many are curious about,) all I can honestly say is.. there's only one way to find out, peeps!

That's right - suck it and see.
Finally, this.
I have no time for fools nor their illusions.
Anyone who houses the clear, bright spirit of haiku in their hearts, unfaithful to no other gods nor demons, will understand this.

And the rest?
Sooth, let the devil take the hindmost :D
— jp
facebook : Storm in a thimble of dust


a friend replied

Unless you are a master of self-delusion, Mr. Potts, even you must know that you are going to fool no-one with this kind of nonsense.
Dr. Greve did NOT misrepresent the facts.
You ask what you have to apologise for. How about:

Copyright theft
Insulting a respected member of the international haiku community
Insulting the work which you stole

Perhaps you have still have a small window whereby you can save your reputation being permanently sullied, but it's closing fast. Make no mistake, your name will be remembered, but not quite the way you seem to have hoped.

JP then quotes his entry in another haiku forum

"Get a grip on the real world, Alice - all these fantasies will make you sick."
Alice's mother insisted, as she reached into the medicine cabinet for the largactyl syrup. "Now, open your eyes and close your mouth."

in a childs picture book
nobody ever ever dares to
source : cherrypoetryclub ·May 29, 2010

and another friend said

Why do you enjoy being nasty? It would have been so easy to say "sorry" to Gabi. We all make mistakes at times. We apologize, and people easily forgive us our missteps.
Why are you doing all that for yourself? People will only dislike you more. Are you an enemy collector?

JP then educates us about
In Wikipedia they have an interesting caveat for the authors of submissions :
wikipedia : weasle words

and the ten haiku commandments
haiku crossroads : Thou shalt not steal ?


"Dear Gabi, I am totally on your side in this issue: stealing intellectual property, which is your photo, is a crime, does not matter if it is done in internet. And what is most striking, is that John Potts doesn't even understand or ashamed of what he has done, thus giving a bad example to others that it is OK to steal somebody else's creation. Yes, the stone belongs to a monastery, but the picture you took belongs to you and that is so obvious and needs no other proof.
It will be a good idea to start a lawsuit against Haiku Crossroads creator and to prove that he is totally WRONG.
John Potts you are dishonest person. "

Dear Gabi san,
You are a respected name the world over. One should not be rude or impolite in any way to promoting oneself by 'using' your work without your knowledge or permission. I fully support K. in defence of your intellectual property right. I also condemn Pott's audacity to argue with K. on something which is blatantly wrong.

I saw all that and can't believe this man writes haiku. It seems to me that haiku is more than the words we write, but also our approach to life and he lost the plot.

Since I have Japanese women in my family and know them to be gracious and beautiful in spirit. It's unthinkable that someone would speak to Gabi with such brutal crassness and disrespect.

so sorry to hear this mr potts calling the kettle black

It is the attitude of the offender that is the most upsetting.
We are all happy to have our work used - all we ask is for proper acknowledgement.

"My best wishes to you, Gabi. The work you do comes from the heart and everybody who knows you appreciates and respects this. Love is the strongest energy there is and nothing can harm it."

"Sadly, this isn't the first time we've seen unprincipled behavior in the haiku world. Thanks to the internet, however, news like this can travel very fast. Before long, Mr. Potts' name will be mud, and the haiku community will have rallied behind one of its own."

Dear Gabi,
I'm really sorry about your terrible experience on Facebook.
I have heard of other experiences on Facebook of such plagiarism and wonder if it is a worthwhile place for posting work.
My sympathy, S. B.

Dear Gabi sensei,
I am so sorry to learn of your encounter with this rude plagiarist and I hasten to send you a word of encouragement. I find John Potts ( If that is his real name ) too macho to admit that he is wrong and from his insensitive language, I presume he is a recidivist.
I complement you for assertively writing to him several times despite those annoying and disrespectful replies you received in return and for not allowing yourself to be riled by his senseless remarks. I know that you have too much grit to let a thing like this unduly depress you.
The fact that you've written haiku about this whole thing, to me, is a show of great courage and resilience. I am inspired.
... C


"Folks, freeze this bloke out.
He's getting sunshine from the attention. Really. Just leave him there with his dropped pies."

I agree with K. ! !!!
not worth any more efforts on our side.
Just ignore him.
This is the sad side of online communication....

I bow to you both, K. and Gabi,
for your kind and gentle nature
and will bring end to this on my part as long as he leaves my friends alone.

. . . . .

I think the best thing to do in dealing with such a rude, insensitve, fraudulent boor, is to ignore him. We're giving him the validation he so badly needs (his, "Well said, man" proves that) . The problem is, he'll keep violating us until we put a stop to it.
He did it to me and to Gabi ... who's next?


I hope you don't mind, Gabi,
I am adding the link to your blog to my FaceBook page in my status today.

" Due to the misbehavior of John Potts at Haiku Crossroads, there has been an ongoing discussion of copyright infringement. As would be expected, Mr. Potts has altered the discussion by removing posts. "

For those of you who may have hit the 'like' button at Mr Potts' Haiku Crossroads site:

'Like' may be removed by going to the lower left hand corner and pinging 'unlike.' This may result in your not being able to make comments. I do not know as I will be making no further posts on Haiku Crossroads.

I posted an objection to his unauthorized alteration and use of a verse of mine which Mr. Potts has deleted along with any other posts that cast him in an unfavorable light.

I considered deleting ALL of my posts on Haiku Crossroads but was advised not to.

I have un-friended Mr. Potts and blocked him.
I would suggest that others do the same, particularly those of you who write haiku.

source : K


dear gabi
i'm so sorry for the abuse you've taken from a so-called haiku poet.i mentioned such on my face book page. tho i had to change 'trash talk' by him to 'demeaned' to get thru a security check.
my feeling is he should take his eggs and go home.
your friend marlene

Marlene Mountain on facebook about this problem


"John Pott's Haiku Crossroads is a winner, folks,
edited by a truly original voice."
— Robert D. Wilson

facebook : Haiku Crossroads

I didn't understand what JP had done until Reading an e-mail from Gabi San. please accept my apologies. Using someone else's photography without permission than being flippant with Gabi who has unselfishly given so much to all of us is an insult to the haiku path.
Sometimes I speak before I think.
Robert D. Wilson"

I just published this on JP's site: John, using Gabi's personal property without her permission than chastening her publically for objecting to what you did was rude and disrespectful. Imagine if someone used your car without your permission. Gabi is not full of herself but a humble human being who has mentored many and given much to the haiku ... See moreworld without fanfare or charging money. the haiku path is not a cartoon or a world wrestling federation wrestling bout. It's one of humility, respect, and an emptying of self. I defended you impulsively not knowing the gist of the debate.

I publically asked for forgiveness to Gabi and others, and I hope you will too.
I say this to you out of love and not from disrespect. The harsh words exchanged from both sides were often mean, the antithesis of haiku nature. I too can be flippant and offend people, and regreatfully have. And I know what it's like to have someone steal something of mine behind my back.
... Facebook

Robert, your apologies are accepted.
Try to get JP to delete the comments he quoted from you!


a rose
with many wormholes ...
haiku life

. The story goes on ...

Rose and worms on my facebook page


The evidence is gone, deleted, not here any more.
So there is no way to make any official complaint.

But I do not think we can blame facebook or
the internet for the character of people,
even of self-claimed haiku poets.

No Sucess with all this, BUT as a friend put it

Although he has not apologised,
John Potts has earned for himself a reputation as a fraud and an ignoramus which will likely stick with him for a very long time.

Now I will stop reporting this case,
the rest is on facebook and in the comments below.

do not feed
this mud-trowing troll -
END of summer

You can BLOCK a person at facebook so he will not be able to read your pages any more, not steal your ideas, at least that is what they say.
A certain cockoos nest with blue eggs is now BLOCKED from my facebook.

. Gabi on Facebook  


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Nettle tree (enoki) Japan

Dinner, dining, eating ... and more worldwide

Shoochuu 焼酎 (しょうちゅう) Shochu, strong distilled liquor, Schnaps

..................................................................... November 2008

Rabbit, hare (usagi), snow rabbit (yukiusagi) Japan
Kaninchen, Hase

Firefly squid (hotaruika, hotaru ika ホタルイカ(蛍烏賊))

Ika ... squid dishes

Fish roe dishes (hararago) Japan

Mamakari ままかり Fish dishes from Okayama

Satsumaimo, satsuma imo 薩摩薯(さつまいも)sweet potatoes

Uni 海胆 (うに) sea urchin and sea urchin roe (uni 雲丹). Seeigel

Kani 蟹料理 CRAB dishes Krabben.

Horse meat, baniku (ばにく/ 馬肉) basashi, sakuranabe

BUTA ... Pig and Pork (buta, ton 豚 ぶた)

Daruma Ramen, raamen ラーメン Chinese noodle soup

Ainu Food アイヌ料理

Tosa no Inakazushi (inaka sushi) 土佐の田舎寿司 sushi from the countryside of Tosa

..................................................................... October 2008

Ogata Korin Memorial Day (koorin ki)

Winter honey ... Yemen

Sunbirds... India

Pillow (makura, kukurimakura) Japan

Lobster Decoration (kazari-ebi, Ise-ebi kazaru ) Japan

Stone fish, bullhead (okoze)Fish. Japan

Leek (naganegi) green onions, scallion, porree Japan

Itokoni いとこ煮 boiled pumpkin with red beans Yamaguchi

Kiritanpo (kiritampo) きりたんぽ skewers of mashed rice. Japan

Inkstone (suzuri) Japan

..................................................................... September 2008

World Heart Day September 28

Night of Power, Lailatul Qadr / Lailat-Ul-Qadr Yemen

Shichirin 七輪 portable cooking stove Japan

Onigiri おにぎり rice balls Japan

Hanbaiki 販売機 vending maschines for food Japan

Praise, flattery (homekotoba, o-joozu) Japan

Eel dishes (unagi) Japan. Some are kigo

Burdock root (gobo, goboo) Japan. Arctium lappa

Sansai 山菜  Mountain vegetables
. . . Including
Hahakogusa 母子草(ははこぐさ) sweet cudweed
Kogomi こごみ kind of fern
Nobiru のびる (野蒜) wild rocambole
Tsukushi 土筆(つくし)horsetail plant
Warabi わらび(蕨) bracken, fern
Zenmai 薇(ぜんまい) Japanese Royal Fern
Mori no Megumi, Bountiful food from the Forest

Momotaro Nabe ... Peach Boy HodgepodgeMomotaro Haiku by Issa

Dumplings of all kinds (dango) Japan. Mitarashi dango

Yaseuma, "thin horse" wheat noodles from Oita

Fast Food Gourmet ... the Japanese Version

Inari Sushi (inarizushi) Japan

Kanro-Ni, kanroni, sweet simmering Japan

Tsukuda-ni, Tsukudani ... simmered in sweet soy sauce Japan

Konchu Ryori, konchuu ryoori Insects as food

Citrus fruits (kankitsu rui) Japan
mikan, ponkan, hassaku, sudachi, daidai, kabosu, iyokan, sudachi, yuzu, oranges and others

Interesting, exciting, entertaining, amusing ... (omoshiro ya) Japan

Hara hachibu ... eating only 80% of your capacity an Okinawan diet

Breakfast (asagohan, asameshi) Japan

Kitchen (daidokoro) Japanese Kitchen

Trout and sweetfish (ayu, masu, iwana and more) and salmon (benimasu) and yamame Japan

Hamaguri, clam shells, venus clams Venusmuscheln

Tsukiji, the big fish market in Tokyo Tsukiji shijoo

SHUN ... Specialities of the Season

Spring Chrysanthemum (shungiku) Japan

Rape flower pickles (nahanazuke)/ nanohana rapeseed flower dishes Japan

Hitashi, Ohitashi ... quickly boiled vegetables Japan

Cod (tara) and various food items Japan

Kogawa Festival, Kogawa Sai Wakayama, Japan

Brazier (jiko) Kenya

Sambosa, samosa Food during the Ramadan. Yemen

Ameyoko Cheap shopping alley, from Ueno to Okachimachi.

Mikan, mandarin orange, tangerine Japan

Senbei, sembei 煎餅 (せんべい) rice crackers, sweet and salty

Godairiki san festival at temple Daigoji Kyoto, Japan

Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji Kyoto, Japan


..................................................................... August 2008

This month and the following months are full of FOOD kigo and topics,
since I am preparing a WASHOKU SAIJIKI.

Loquat fruit (biwa) Japan

Tonburi seeds from the summer cypress Kochia scoparia Akita, Japan

Donburi Bowl of rice with topping

Shiokara ... salty and pungent fermented fish pasteJapan

Jizake, local ricewine brands

Chopping board, cutting board, chopping block (manaita) Japan


Nara pickles (narazuke) and other tsukemono pickles. Japan

Myoga Ginger (myooga) Japan
Myoga Ginger Festival.

Spikenard, Japanese spikenard (udo)

Alfonsino fish (kinmedai) Beryx splendens

Higo zuiki 肥後ずいき dried taro root

Shippokuk ryoori 卓袱(しっぽく)料理 Shippoku dishes , shippoku cuisine

Sawachi ryoori 皿鉢料理 Sawachi cuisine, celebration food
katsuo no tataki かつおのたたき chopped katsuo fish

Gameni がめ煮 mixed boiled vegetables and chicken meat

Chinmi, special delicasies

WASHOKU : Regional Japanese Dishes

Egg, eggs (tamago) Japan

Cherry Blossom Time ... Food Kigo

Deafness-curing sake (jirooshu) Japan

Famine in spring (shunkyuu) Famine in Japanese History

Herring roe praparations (kazu no ko tsukuru) Japan

Mirin (sweet sake for cooking) Japan

Miso paste and related kigo Japan

Turban shell as food (tsuboyaki, yakisazae) Japan

Starwort in cooked rice (yomena meshi)Japan

Rice cakes (mochi) for SPRING a KIGO list

Namasu vinegar dressing (namasu) Japan

Mountain pepper (sanshoo, sansho) Japan

Water (mizu) Drinking Water of Japan

Drinks for summer Japan
Including sweet rice wine (amazake), beer, ice shavings with flavor (kakigoori), barley tea (mugicha), strong liquor (shochu) and many more

Soy Sauce, soya sauce Japan

Rice (gohan, meshi) as food. Japan

Flounder, sole (karei) as food. Japan

SUMMER ... preparing Japanese food
Including natto fermented beans, vinegar (su)

Spring pickles (tsukemono)
Including namasu dressing, dengaku, wasabizuke and many more

Tablewear for Couples rice bowls (meotojawan) / chopsitcks (meotobashi)

Food from the sea and the mountains (umi no sachi, yama no sachi)

Kitaoji Rosanjin, a cook and potter

Knife (hoochoo, waboochoo) Japan

Miso paste Japan

WASHOKU ... Japanese Food Saijiki

Naracha Rice Gruel Japan

Yuba, skin of soy milk Japan

Arisoumi coast, Ariso-Umi Japan

Grasshopper (Platyphyllum concavum, Gampsocleis buergeri) Japan

Autumn Food ... ... KIGO list

Winter food ... ... KIGO LIST

Roe, fish roe dishes (sujiko and many others) Japan

Yam potatoe dishes (tororo jiru) Japan

Temple Kokawadera and a Basho stone memorial

Pivot ... its use in waka and haiku

Kamakhya Temple near Guwahati in Assam India.
And other pilgrimages worldwide.


..................................................................... July 2008

Sweat (ase) Japan. Perspiration, transpiration and related kigo

Asakayama ... 安積山 Mountain near Koriyama, Fukushima pref. Matsuo Basho on his way ...

Demon's gate (kimon) ... Japan

Dinner tray (zen), box tray (hako zen) ... Japan

Nishiyama Soin and the Danrin School (Soo-In) 西山宗因, 談林派

Lottery, lottery ticket (takarakuji) Japan

Melon / cool melon / watermelon Yemen

Flood (koozui, aki demizu) .. Japan. Floods, flooding. Worldwide.

..................................................................... June 2008

Karma, the Net of Indra ... Indra Net, Inter Net ... :)

Indian paintbrush (Castilleja) North America

WKD : New England Saijiki

Naked Festivals (Hadaka Matsuri) Japan. LIST

Yui Town Big Drum Festival (O-Taiko Matsuri ) Japan

Urasa Naked Festival at Temple Fukoo-Ji (Urasa no Doo Oshi) Japan

Jazz Music North America

Violett and Purple : MURASAKI in Haiku Lady Murasaki Shikibu

Chameleon, Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) Yemen

Shrine Tada Jinja ... and Matsuo Basho

Rice gruel (kayu) Japan

Toji, Temple Too-Ji in Kyoto Japan

Independence Day, June 12, 1898Philippines

Swallowtail butterflies (agehachoo) Yemen, Japan

Elm tree (Ulmus) Europa, North America

Kasuga Shrine Festivals (Kasuga matsuri, Wakamiya On Matsuri)

Rhode Island USA

Kuromori Kabuki ... 黒森歌舞伎 (くろもりかぶき ) Yamagata prefecture. Japan

Donzuki Matsuri ... どんづき祭 "Body throwing festival", Niigata, Japan

Hasedera no Tada-oshi ... 長谷寺のただ押し (はせでらのただおし)Hasedera Temple Festival, Sakurai, Nara, Japan

Takewari Matsuri ... 竹割祭 (たけわりまつり) Bamboo splitting festival. Japan

Kashihara matsuri ... 橿原祭 Kashihara Shrine Festival. Japan

Towns of India and haiku India

Dream (yume), First Dream (hatsuyume) Japan

Official, minor official (yakunin, koyakunin) Japan, Edo period

Kato Shuson (1905-1993)

Sand, hot sand (nessa) Japan

..................................................................... May 2008

Family altar, Buddhist family altar (butsudan) Japan

Spikemoss (iwahiba, iwamatsu) Japan. Sellaginella tamariscina

Iris, bearded Iris (Iris albicans) Yemen

Paper clothing, paper robes (kamiko) Japan

White Dew (shiratsuyu) Japan

Lawn, grass, turf (shiba) Japan. ... and related kigo

New Year Arrow (hamaya) Japan

Goto Takatoshi Takatoshi Gotoh

Trillium family of flowers (kinugasa soo) .. Japan. North America

Delhi, Old Delhi, New Delhi. India

Bombay, Mumbai . India

Lucknow . India

Kumano Road (Kumano Kodo Japan

Saga Dawa / Vesak Celebrations Buddhist Communities

Rhododendron (shakunage, sekinan ) Japan

Shimabara no taiyuu no doochuu ...  Shimabara Geisha Procession (Kyoto)
Shimabara taiyuu no doochuu

Miyako Odori .. "Dance of the Capital" in Kyoto

Naniwa Odori ... Naniwa Dance in Osaka

Haru Matsuri .. Spring Festival. General

Azuma Odori .. Azuma Dance, Tokyo Dance

Kamogawa Odori .. Kamogawa Dance in Kyoto
Garden (niwa), Park (teien, tei-en) Japanese Garden, Zen Garden ...

Storehouse, warehouse (kura, dozoo) Japan

Masahide, Mizuta Masahide (1657-1723)

Shushiki (Shuushiki 秋色) (1668-1725)

Hi no Oka Pass (Hi no Oka Tooge) Japan

Sand skiing, dune skiing Yemen

Pinewood Derby North America

Barangay Fiesta Philippines. and The Santacruzan

Haiku Sweets (haika 俳菓) Japan

Ghosts (yookai, bakemono) Japan

Imagination in Haiku ... Theory

San Miguel Beer Philippines

Straw hats (dholas, kofias and hadrami) Yemen

Sunflower (himawari) Japan. Europa. North America

Four Directions (toozai nanboku)East, West, North, South

Dontaku .. Dontaku Festival in Hakata, Japan

Go, a board game, igo 囲碁 (Japan)

Green Week, Greenery Day (midori no shuukan, midori no hi) Japan

Cassia blossoms (Cassia fistula) India. ... amaltaas, bendra lathi, aragvadha and other names

Cockroach (gokiburi, aburamushi) Japan
..... and more summer insects and little animals ...

Turtle, turtoise (kame) Japan

Grains, the five grains (gokoku) Japan

Deutzia blossoms (u no hana, unohana) Japan

Bataan Beach, Bataan Day Philippines

Buddha's Birthday, Flower Festival, Flower Hall (kanbutsu-e, kambutsu-e, shuuni-e, hanamatsuri, hana midoo   Japan. sweet tea (amacha) and more

Utamakura, Place Names in Japanese Poetry "Poetry Pillow Words", makurakotoba

PLACE NAMES used in Haiku Japan and Worldwide

..................................................................... April 2008

Nozawa Boncho 野沢 凡兆 (Nozawa Bonchoo, 1640? - 1714) and his wife Tome, Ukoo 羽紅

Bulbul bird (hiyodori) Japan, Yemen, Kenya and other regions

Grouse, snow grouse, "Thunderbird" (raichoo) Japan

Fish Market Philippines

Airlie Beach Australia

Olympic Games Olympics

Malaysia Haiku

Tourist, sightseer, traveller, visitor ... worldwide

Larks, various types Yemen

Beans in autumn kigo ... the plants also Peanuts plants. Ingen Mame.

Taal Lake Philippines

Tawilis (Sardinella tawilis) Philippines

Peanuts Japan, Philippines

Scilla, Siberian Squill (Scilla Sibirica) Russia, Europe.

Coconuts, Coconut palms Philippines, India

Higashiyama Culture and Haiku

Japanese Culture Week, 2008 Kenya

Ageing ... Kenya

Milkfish (Chanos chanos) also called Bangus. Boneless Bangus. Philippines

Flamingo Yemen

Snack served with tea (cha no ko, o-cha no ko) Japan

Botamochi Rice Cakes (Botamochi) Japan
Botamochi Ceremony

Water dragon, Physignathus lesueurii Australia

..................................................................... March 2008

Herring (nishin) Japan. Koorai Iwashi

Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma, Delonix regia) Two Trees with orange blossoms


Migrant fishermen (watari gyofu) Hokkaido, Japan

Irrigation Ceremony (minakuchi matsuri, nawashiro matsuri) Japan

Will-o'-the-wisp (kitsunebi, onibi) Japan

Groundbreaking ceremony (jichinsai, jimatsuri) Japan

Dawn in spring, Spring morning light (shungyoo, haru no akebono)
Spring morning (haru no asa, haru no akatsuki) and others

Holi Festival.. Dol Yatra (the Swing Festival)India. Also introducing Chillum and Bhang.

Jelly strips (tokoroten) Japanese Food

Blind Woman from Echigo (Echigo goze) Japan. Introducing haiku from Echigo

Manzai (New Year's Comic Performance) Japan

Polar bear = ours polaire (ou « ours blanc » ) Canada. Eisbär

Husky = chien de traîneau (ou « husky ») Canada

Kuroda Momoko 黒田杏子 Haiku Poetess

Chichibu Festival (Chichibu Matsuri
Chichibu Night Festival (Chichibu Yomatsuri)

Kobo Daishi Kukai (Kooboo Daishi Kuukai) and Esoteric Buddhism Japan

Neem blossoms, neem tree, magosa (Azadirachta indica) India. And Ugadi Pachadi

Saigyo Hoshi Memorial Day (Saigyoo Ki) Japan. Saigyoo Hooshi

Nightingale singing competition (uguisu awase) Japan.

Arii Shokyu-Ni(1713-1781) "the Nun Shokyu". Nagamatsu Nami, Kohakuan.
Kohakuan Fufuu, Arii Fufuu (1702 - 1762), her husband
Chomu (Choomu) 蝶夢 (1732 - 1796), a Buddhist priest shookyuuni shokyuuni shokyu ni

Kite, black kite, Milan noir (tobi, tombi) Japan. Milvus migrans

Amihan and Habagat Monsoon Philippines

Boomerang Australia

Insects awaken, insects come out, bugs come out, bugs wake up, insects appear again, insects stir (keichitsu) Insects wake up. Japan
..... Frost descends (sookoo)

Matsushima 松島Japan

Leap day, leap year (2008) February 29

Bud of trees, treebuds (ko no me, konome) Japan

Bat (koomori, kawahori) Japan

Stone wall (stonewall) (ishigaki) Japan

..................................................................... February 2008

Wheat and Barley (mugi) and related kigo Japan

Coral Tree Blossoms (Erythrina indica) Tiger's claw, Sunshine Tree. India

Common cold and flu (kaze) coughing, sneezing, God of the Cold. Japan, worldwide

Water tank (As-Saharieg) Yemen

Desert rose (Adenium obesum). Yemen

Utsu no Yama, Mount Utsu, Mt. Utsu near Okabe in Shizuoka, Japan

Three treasures of Haiku and ISSA

Temple Saimyo-Ji and Issa

I, the first person (ware, watakushi, ore) used in haiku Japan

Donald Keene

Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia Family . Yemen, North America

. . . . . Pakistan ... Haiku in Pakistan

Desert, sand desert Yemen

Canna lily Yemen

Dates, ripe dates from the Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) Yemen

Eid Al-Kabir, Aid Al Kabir Yemen

Khat, Catha edulis, chewing khat Yemen

..................................................................... January 2008


Jasmine Yemen

Oleander (kyoochikutoo) Japan. Yemen

Rose of Sharon (mukuge) / Hibiscus (bussooge) Japan. Yemen

Toribeno Cemetery in Kyoto Japan

Sumidagawa River Tokyo, Japan

Tao Yuanming To Enmei, Chinese poet 365 - 427 陶淵明

Takeda Butsugai Fusen ... 1795~1867

Kamikaze, Divine Wind Japan

Dalia (daria) Japan, India

Salt (shio) and salted winter food Japan

Issa and the God of Poverty (bimbogami)

Naito Joso (Naito Joosoo 内藤丈草) (1662 - 1704)

Tattoo, Tatoo (irezumi, horimono) Japan

Garlic chives (nira) and its blossoms (nira no hana) Japan

Balls, decorative hand balls (temari) Japan. Ball catching song, ball bouncing song (temari uta)

KAMASU : straw back, tobacco pouch, Pacific sandeel (Ammodytes personatus) Japan

Swan (hakuchoo) Japan

Fatsia japonica blossoms (yatsude no hana) Japan, Japanese Aralia

Iida Ryuta (Iida Ryouta) 1920-2007
Iida Dakotsu, his father (1885 - 1962)

Buddha Dainichi Nyorai Ceremonies and kigo

First Day of the Tiger (Hatsu Tora ) Japan. visit to Kurama Temple in Kyoto on the first day of the tiger: Kurama hatsu tora mairi .. and related kigo

Pongal Spring Festival India. Kolam decorations.

Boma Homesteads Kenya

Juuni Shinshoo 十二神将 Twelve Heavenly Generals, 12 Warrior Generals

Bishamonten, Tamonten (Vaishravana) Japan. Bishamonten Festival, Messenger of Bishamonten

Song, singing (uta) Japan. A list of kigo.

First Poetry Meeting at court(utakai hajime)

Eid Al-kabir on the pilgrimage to Mekka

Lotus Temple Delhi

Issa and O-Take Nyorai お竹如来

... Kamakura, a Haiku Town in Japan

Flamingo Gulf of Aden

Night work (yonabe) Japan

Mallet for good luck (fuku tsuchi) Japan. Mallet for pounding cloth (kinuta)

Fulling block (kinuta) Japan.Pounding cloth. Mallet for beating straw (wara kinuta) and more

Onomatopoetic Words used in Haiku

Boxing Day Australia, New Zealand, UK

Basho and the Ukimido Floating Hall, Lake Biwa

Australian Seasons ...

Seasons Beginning ... Japan, a KIGO list

Long Life Ceremony (enjusai ) Japan

Inahata Teiko (1931 -)
President of the Japan Traditional Haiku Association


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