5,7,5 – 365  22nd November 2015

5,7,5 – 365 22nd November 2015 

A haiku and a diary entry, every day for a year. 


I recently learned from another post on here the Japanese name for the Milky Way, Amanogawa. The word literally translates as ‘River of Heaven‘ or ‘Celestial River’. Because the Celestial River becomes brighter in the night sky during the Japanese Autumn, Amanogawa is a kigo for that season. A kigo in haiku being a word or phrase that is traditionally associated with a particular season.
On clear nights, when looking up at the Milky Way, staring deeper and deeper into it, I often find myself knocked off balance, as if the ground beneath me has shifted. Here is my own crude stab at a haiku using the same kigo.

River of heaven

Flowing through the black night sky

Feel the Earth moving 

5,7,5 – 365 28th September 2015

5,7,5 – 365

28th September 2015

A haiku and a diary entry everyday for a year.  


The level expanse of our fenland landscape is dominated by the wide horizon and the big skies. The lunar eclipse may have been a little harder to observe here because of the curling mist that rose up out of the dykes, a problem aggravated by celestial bad timing – I mean 3.00 in the morning, what were they thinking. But never mind, we are still blessed with little light pollution and unhindered views. No two sunsets are the same and I never tire of watching them from the front gate. The full moon rising in the east always looks enormous, the progress of the planets can easily be followed and we can clearly see the Milky Way splashed across the night sky. We have seen meteors, observed the International Space Station crossing overhead and seen the black silhouettes of migrating geese against the starlit sky. So we missed the blood red moon, the nights here are ever full of wonder.


Above our heads

Roman gods and space hardware

Unseen calling geese