Carpe Diem: Full Circle


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Done for Carpe Diem and Haiku My Heart.

At Carpe Diem We are to use these words to write four sets of haiku; rain, young leaves, buds, mountain, silence, monk, river, summer breeze, she, snow, sparrow, blue sky.

Full Circle

overnight rain

young leaves sprout into colours

a carnival of buds


mountain dew

kneeling in the silence

a monk in prayer


by the moonlit river

she dances naked

summer breeze wanes


overnight snow

the sparrow’s flight

tracks the blue sky

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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Dandelion Bloom


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Dandelion Boom

dandelion bloom

I pretend to inhale

your musk

yellow now

and then fading

© Celestine Nudanu

(The Bamboo Hut, Autumn 2016)

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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Wet Morning



Wet Morning

wet morning

steaming coffee

and your musk

which must I savour now

I lack for the will for both

(c) Celestine Nudanu

(The Bamboo Hut, Autumn 2016)

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu


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My Tanshi in the Bamboo Hut!


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The Night You Left

I cried

the night you left

only once

not because of the cold pillow

but for the stars that refused to shine

Celestine Nudanu

(The Bamboo Hut, Autumn 2016)

Nine (9) of my tanshi (short poems), including the above, have been published in the Autumn 2016 Issue of the Bamboo Hut. Do hop over for your reading pleasure, if you can spare the time. Thank you.🙂

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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Carpe Diem Universal: Rising Moon


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Done for Carpe Diem

Inspired by Jane Reichhold’s tanka below:

oo old for new love
the moon rises each night
as I remember
the backseats of strange cars
it’s helpful light afterwards

Rising Moon

rising moon

spreading iridescence

and confetti

autumn’s breath

over our entwined  bodies

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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Gillena Cox Reviews Haiku Rhapsodies


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My friend and haiku poet from Trinidad and Tobago, Gillena Cox recently received a copy of my debut poetry collection, Haiku Rhapsodies in a book swap. I received a copy of her lovely collection, Moments which I’m currently delving into.

With her kind permission, please read below Gillena’s review of HR which she originally posted on her blog, Lunch Break.

❧✿❧Saturday Share❧✿❧ #19
Review of ‘Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana) by Celestine Nudanu

‘Afriku’ opens the rhapsody, with a serenade of rushing streams and weighted sun dances. Our hearts are steered to a few sampling from nature’s basket – of humanity, hunger and loss, and the mystery of divining.

bamboo flute
rushing stream calms
the savannah

black night
the voodoo priest
shivers at the moon

market day
the stench of unsold wares
fills her stomach

These micro aha moments traverse to wider meanderings, for the inclusion of a Ghana secular in a global essence. Her chapter ‘Nature’. Shares such moments as

masquerades display

At the chapter ‘Haiku My Heart’, i paused a little longer in reflection, for the naming of this chapter, made me go back to first meetings with this sister haijin. We met through the linky redirecting of listed blogs at ‘Recuerda Mi Corazon’ – a Haiku blog hop hosted by Rebecca Brooks. So it was through blog hopping that i first read the works of sister haijin Celestine Nudanu. But this is side tracking a bit.

Celestine chapter ‘Haiku My Heart’ sensitises us to icons of family, sentimental, and passionate love. Here her ‘i-she,’ flaunts, who is Celestine.

mother’s pride
his bead earrings
adorn me
(for Cyril)

chocolate delight
Valentine’s day
on my tongue

And finally in her chapters ‘Divine’, followed by ‘Death’; here she identifies for us glimpses of life in: joy, nature’s share of blessings, pain, and strife by a unique perspective, that is Celestine.

ticking off the days
to Easter

fresh lilies
the little girl’s gift
sways the coffin

These are some of the signposts, planted along the way in Celestine’s rhapsody: the high roads, the low roads, the mud tracks, the lighted paths; as she takes our hand and invites us to journey with her, through her heartland Ghana. She presents in her epic wanderings gems of glittering haiku. Taking us along treks of delight, mood swings of teardrops, and the pauses for extra pensive murmurings from our heart.’Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana) is a definite must read, or you don’t know what you are missing. Thanks Celestine for a journey and a serenade unique to Ghana.

–gillena cox, Oct 2016.

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A Thrilling Review


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Lovely folks, yet another thrilling review of Haiku Rhapsodies from Brendon Kent, a more than satisfied customer. And linking the haiku below to Haiku My Heart. Enjoy!🙂 “Being an avid reader and writer of haiku, I am thrilled that Africa has found yet another ‘haiku voice’!

Thanks to their active and inspiring organisations (in particular the Africa Haiku Network) many previously unheard African poets are now appearing in journals and e-zines worldwide…ah the power of internet…and how refreshing!

This wonderful debut collection ‘Haiku Rhapsodies (Verses from Ghana)’ is no exception. Celestine captures her part of the world beautifully, transporting it via the brevity of haiku to us, allowing us to participate in each African moment.
From the very first haiku we are swept into her world and carried musically across its terrain…

bamboo flute
rushing stream calms
the savannah

One can almost feel the savannah’s music!

market day
a mother’s sweat
soaks into her child’s

What an image! Can you feel the heat of this market day? The closeness of mother and child oozes from this haiku, a scene that could be related to anywhere in the world…a truly universal picture that paints its story without the need to explain with too many words….the essence of haiku.

noonday heat
the priest’s words
drip on his cassock

I am absolutely thrilled to add this collection of Celestine’s poetry to my haiku library and would thoroughly recommend Haiku Rhapsodies to everyone!

-Brendon Kent (a member of the British Haiku Society)”

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It’s All About Haiku


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Yes it’s all about haiku, my love for haiku, and why I write it. That exquisite, captivating Japanese poetry form. Only three lines and I’m hooked forever. I’m a guest at Nana Prah‘s Blog today. Please hop over and read all about why I write haiku. Thank you🙂

deepest night

even the owl is silent

graveyard shift


unsung evening

a thin smoke curls

from her hearth

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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Haiku Horizons: Birth


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Done for Haiku Horizon


dawn breaks forth

in a perfume of colours

autumn garden

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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Carpe Diem: Leafless Tree


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Done for Carpe Diem and Haiku My Heart

Leafless Tree

 autumn breeze

the tree scatters its petals

among friends

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu

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If it does touch your heart to purchase a copy, I should be grateful for a candid review posted on the Amazon page. 🙂