Haiku – Inspiration from William Blake

William Blake : The Fly

Little fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath,
And the want
Of thought is death,

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.


Today we look at the above poem by William Blake, The Fly and inspired by HA, from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie try to recreate synthetically the poem in haiku or tanka form.

Tanka – Life

all creatures equal
as we walk upon the earth,
the fly or I live …
both living someday will die
who’s better the fly or I?

Haiku – The fly

thoughtlessly acting
when satori came showing
all life is common

no creatures better
not men nor flies – all are one
each one lives and dies


16 thoughts on “Haiku – Inspiration from William Blake

  1. *deep sigh* Beautiful, wonderful… What else can I say? I SO envy those who can make this form work… And you definitely do!


    • Thanks CC…haiku and tanka are really a great challenge…though in truth, this tanka doesn’t really convince me very much…but as a round up of what Blake wrote it wasn’t so bad. I’ve read your work by the way, and I don’t think you have anything to envy! 😉


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