#Haikai Challenge #42 (7/14/18): cutting grasses (kusakari) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

garden grass meadow green

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Cool off under the waterfalls, haijin? Congratulations to last week’s contributors!


Moving right along.


If only summer was only the season of frolicking. Alas, there’s work to be done, too–especially if you own your own property. Sooner or later, it’s time to mow the lawn! With the sun and rain, that grass will grow high enough to hide a Chevy if it’s not tended. Therefore, to honor the laboring side of summer, this week’s kigo is cutting grasses [and forbs] (kusakari).


Write the haikai poem of your choice that states or references cutting grasses (kusakari).


As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.



A post acknowledging past contributors will come!


Good luck tending those yards, haijin!



8 replies »

  1. Oh… I didn’t know what ‘forbs’ was so I looked it up and found:
    Browse is the tips of woody shrubs and trees, as well as the occasional broad-leaved plant, and forbs are flowering plants. Some examples of browse and forbs are mimosa, sagebrush, chicory, and briars.
    A forb is an herbaceous flowering plant that is not a graminoid. The term is used in biology and in vegetation ecology, especially in relation to grasslands and understory. (graminoid; In botany and ecology, the term graminoid refers to a herbaceous plant with a grass-like morphology, i.e. elongated culms with long, blade-like leaves. They are contrasted to forbs, herbaceous plants without grass-like features.)
    And And culm kəlm/noun plural noun: culms 1. the hollow stem of a grass or cereal plant, especially that bearing the flower.

    Must be my lucky day I’ve learned more than two new things! kusakari (of which I heard three different pronunciations), browse, forb, graminoid and clum… just don’t quiz me 🙂

    Back later (or sometime soon with verse) – Safe travels, Frank (and those you are traveling with too).

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