Revise that Haiku – Carpe Diem – June 14, 2014

New Logo Revise That HaikuToday we are asked to rewrite a haiku (clicl on the logo to see the prompt), once written by a haiku master based on the story behind the haiku.

The melon flower is neither a morning glory or an evening flower … it seems to be without a place of its own … without home or family? Perhaps.

Basho (1644-1694) observing the melon flower wrote:

yube ni mo asa ni mo tsukazu uri no hana

it belongs
neither to morning nor to evening
the flower of the melon

© Matsuo Basho (translation by R.H.Blyth)

Observing the melon and reading Sensei Basho’s poem I’m inspired to write:

forelorn melon blooms
lost in summer gardens
without glory

© G.s.k.

Friday Fictioneers – June 6, 2014 (Satori Haibun)

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Candles and incense burnt and whilst listening to the shakuhachi I travelled beyond the room into the world of Basho:

the winter storm
hid in the bamboo grove
and quieted away

There alone yet surrounded by the haiku master’s verse, peace descended and the sound of one hand clapping echoed through my mind. The wind of the storm shook the roof tiles the warmth of the fire crackled. The nearness of Satori, tangible, snow began to fall slowly covering the terrace. The here and now – soft white harmony.

winter reflections
the snow grows ever higher
quieting the soul

Carpe Diem Ghost Writer May 5, Matsuo Basho

Chèvrefuelle has had the honor of having Matsuo Basho as his 5th ghost writer of the month!

The theme is creation.

Following are some of Matuso Basho’s wonderful haiku to inspire the Haijin:

In the moonlight
a worm silently drills
through a chestnut

in blossoms
a horsefly plays… don’t eat it

petal by petal
yellow mountain roses fall —
sound of rapids

Eaten alive by
lice and fleas — the horse pees
beside my pillow

© Matsuo Basho

What a master haiku writer!  Here are my attempts to write for Matsuo Basho…

lampost and flowers

dawn’s splender
streaming down the mountains
flowers bloom

crickets chirping
tossing in my bed
mosquito dines

rock garden
bees gather pollen
sweet harvests

white flowers
near a lampost in Arco

Well…that is my best for the moment…hope you enjoyed the post, but for more and better haiku and great prompts as well as information drop by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Free Verse: Bamboo Grove


Free Verse

Bamboo Grove

Walking in a bamboo grove
searching for serenity
the rustling leaves
gave me the peace I sought
their shade from harsh light
refreshed my soul.
Basho would say
that harmony can be found
even in a crowded city.
I travelled to a park
among pine trees, palm fronds
and a bamboo grove
and was rewarded.