haikaiTALKS | Q22

Updated: Mar 10


*** Q22 ***


haikaiTALKS Q22: a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Kala Ramesh

Please create and continue to post your own kigo word here. This Q will be OPEN until 23rd March ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬

Hearty Congratulations, to Alan Peat!

I have picked Alan’s answer as the best reply to my Q!

To follow last week’s Q, here’s the link:


Hi Kala

Here’s the question/challenge. Very glad to be involved in this.

Warmest Regards


The Modern Kigo project was started by myself and the Romanian poet Réka Nyitrai early in 2021. We were both interested in the way that kigo (a word or phrase used to denote a particular season) are used in traditional haiku. The idea of creating new kigo really appealed to us, and we began to generate examples and write haiku using them.

An early example of one of our new kigo is ‘raining ropes’

raining ropes : late spring (Alan Peat)

‘Raining ropes’ is derived from the colloquial French proverb ‘il pleut des cordes’. It describes the heavy downpours of late spring when rain appears, not as single drops, but as long ropes of water.

raining ropes — (Alan Peat)

the green dog shakes

a rainbow

rain ropes the language his scars speak (Réka Nyitrai)

raining ropes — (Alan Peat)

a wet-footed sparrow

in flight

(…a nod to Shiki - the sparrow hops/along the verandah/with wet feet)

After eight months of writing Réka and I sent examples to a range of editors who responded to the idea with enthusiasm. We have recently been joined in the project by Fay Aoyagi (The Heron’s Nest); Michael O’Brien (Weird Laburnum) and Alan Summers - Alan won the first international Modern Kigo competition in January 2022 and runs/edits many well-respected journals.

My question comes in two parts.

Part one:

How do you allude to the seasons in your own haiku? I’m particularly interested in how you indicate the season without actually naming the season.

Part two:

Have you ever invented a new kigo? If so I’d be delighted if you’d share the kigo, it’s definition and a haiku using the kigo. If you haven’t tried this before how about giving it a go now?

So, I’m asking a question and setting a challenge which I hope you’ll enjoy.

The main aim of ‘The Modern Kigo project’ is the production of a new saijiki (a book which lists kigo along with example poems). It would be wonderful if a response to this question / challenge could be included in the saijiki!

Don’t forget, if you choose to try the challenge as well as answer the question, you’ll need to do the following three things:

1 Invent a new kigo

2 Write a short definition (including the season)

3 Write a haiku using your new kigo.

I look forward very much to reading your responses


Alan, thanks a ton for your brilliant Q.

Trivenians are given time until midnight of 23rd March (IST) to share your views and reviews!

Waiting to read your responses!

your host,


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