Butterflies – July 4, 2015

Papillons 2 - Odilon Redon at Odilon Redon The Compete Works

Papillons 2 – Odilon Redon at Odilon Redon The Compete Works

this flower garden
alive with bright butterflies
dancing on the wind

summer evening
the butterfly alights
on a red flower
she dreams of a man
dreaming of butterflies

© G.s.k. ‘15

This episode of CDHK is rich with both poetry by Basho and butterflies!

ran no ka ya   cho no tusubasa ni   takimono su

orchid fragrance

from the butterfly’s wings
scenting the clothes

cho no ha no   ikutabi koyuru   hei no yane

wings of a butterfly

how many times do they flutter
over roof and wall

kimi ya cho   ware ya Soji ga   yume gokoro

you are butterfly?

I am Chuang-tzu’s
dreaming heart

cho mo ki te   su wo suu kiku no   namasu kana

a butterfly also comes

to sip the vinegar from mums (*)
and pickles

‘While I was staying in Awazu, a man who liked tea ceremony very much, invited me and served vinegar boiled chrysanthemum flowers picked from a nearby beach’. He wrote this one for his host, a physician.

okiyo okiyo   waga tomo ni se n   nuru ko cho

wake up wake up
I want you for a friend
sleeping butterfly

cho no tobu   bakari nonaka no   hikage kana

a butterfly flies
only in the field
of sunshine

monozuki ya   niowa nu kasa ni   tomaru cho

how curious
on grass without fragrance
perches a butterfly

© Basho

I’d like to thank Chèvrefeuille for all the work he put into this lovely post … it’s really so rich and fantastic (Link: On The Trail With Basho Encore #7 butterflies)  here are Chèvrefeuille’s haiku to honour Basho and his Butterflies:

in the Buddleia
fluttering of fragile wings
waving on the wind

waving on the wind
butterflies resting in the sun
on the Buddleia

the cobweb scattered
by the fluttering of wings
a blue butterfly

on the veranda
a yellowish butterfly
the light of sun down

© Chèvrefeuille

Carpe Diem Tan Renga – June 27, 2014



Today’s haiku master for our renga is Arakida Moritake (1473-1549). Arakida Moritake (荒木田 守武, *1473) was a Japanese poet who excelled in the fields of waka, renga, and in particular haikai. He studied renga with Sōgi. He was a Shintoist, and the son of Negi Morihide and grandson of Fujinami Ujitsune. At the age of 69, he became head priest of the Inner Ise Shrine.

a fallen flower

flew back to its perch
a  butterfly


© Moritake


This is a wonderful haiku and it reminded me of the haiku written this week for butterflies!

As you know, now it is my turn to try to honor this great haiku with a second stanza of two lines – 7 syllables each line!

a fallen flower
flew back to its perch
a  butterfly

© Moritake

colorful bright pattern
on pink hydrangea


Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Tan Renga

Haiku – Butterflies – June 24, 2014

LOGO+CD+JUNE+2014butterflies dancing
aerial flowers in the garden
Angeles city

summer morning
butterflies on my flowers
flying friends

the moth
big as a hummingbird
sucking nectar

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Butterfly

 This was one of the more elborate prompts this week for Chèrvrefeulle … full of not only some beautiful photos of butterflies but couple of wonderful series of haiku dedicated to them.  Drop by and have a look.  You’ll certainly enjoy it and maybe you’ll be inspired too!

Choka: Butterflies

Inspired by Blu’s Quote:





fluttering through our time
flying in our closed garden
imagining life
our “eternal adventure”
all warmth and flowers
thinking existence
is all about our passing
we give so much worth
to our fantastic sundreams
imposing our ideas
mighty universal truths
based on sweet nothings
of a passing day
battling ideal “enemies”
as though they are real
wasting our short existence
as the summer turns to death