Jack Kerouac – Butterfly Wings – Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

About haiku, Jack Kerouac wrote:

[…] “The “haiku” was invented and developed over hundreds of years in Japan to be a complete poem in seventeen syllables and to pack in a whole vision of life in three short lines. A “Western Haiku” need not concern itself with the seventeen syllables since Western languages cannot adapt themselves to the fluid syllabic Japanese. I propose that the “Western Haiku” simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language. Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella”. […]

Chèvrefeulle from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai closes the May special tribute to Jack Kerouac with his haiku, Butterfly Wings:

In the sun
the butterfly wings
Like a church window

© Jack Kerouac

Remembering that the haiku Special is to try to write in the same vein as the “master” we’re reading, here are my efforts:

sun through shades

Streams of light
flowing down the mountain
mystic waterfall

Dawn’s first light
birds warbling
a Vivaldi concert

On the river
gull’s lonely cry
sea-side memories


Carpe Diem Special #94, Jack Kerouac’s 5th “the butterfly wings”

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This is a very special post, which I enjoyed very much.  Kristjaan (Chèvrefeulle) did a excellent job analyzing this haiku.  It is very informative and a good,  so I really think it worth your time to drop by using the link above.


3 thoughts on “Jack Kerouac – Butterfly Wings – Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

    • The interesting thing about the specials is getting the different takes on the subject … the difference between a language that uses a fixed amount of letters recreating sounds and the onji which uses thousands of symbols is really great. The onji usually are just two syllable sounds and when you see a translated haiku from Japanese you may in fact read a haiku of around 7 or so words … it’s an interesting issue, that some people get pretty intense about. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and poems!


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