A to Z Challenge – The Letter K – April 13, 2016

The Fisher King

Knell before the Fisher King
Kind kinsman and knight
Sit thee at the king’s knee
Then join us at his table.
Kegs of beer and wine we’ll open,
His kitchen and kettles will be emptied,
As each course is served to you,
In kaleidoscopic variety.
Oh but noble kindred knight,
(Heed the kyrielle I’ll recite
For the karmic keeper of the grail)
Save our Fisher King’s
Kingship, kingdom and kin!
Be keener than kenless* Percival
Keep faith and ask to know,
Why wounded knights and
Bloodied knives and a grail
Parade between each course.
Know that knowledge is wisdom
And a balsam to body and soul,
Our King will be healed at last
And your knightly quest fulfilled.

© G.s.k. ‘16

*kenless … without knowledge

The Many Versions of “The Fisher King”

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Morning Haiku and Waka (Metaphor) – October 24, 2015

lamp haiga

unlit lamp
illuminating nothing
sways in the sunshine

splashing
the tea-cup falls on the floor
autumn storms

a lone finch
singing on the roof tops
solo no renga

moon at the window
fills the room with ghostly light
echoing regrets

the kitten pounces
her bushy tail twitching
a single feather

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #15 Metaphor

A classical examples of haiku metaphor by Basho:

on a bare branch
a crow lands
autumn dusk

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

a closer look:

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure

on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk

© Basho (Tr. Stephen Wolfe)

Our host Chèvrefeuille’s examples:

black on white
a flight of crows settles down
in an autumn field

© Chèvrefeuille

tired of spinning
the cat takes time for itself
and washes his face

© Chèvrefeuille

fly like an eagle
as free as a bird in the sky
living my dream

© Chèvrefeuille