pheasant’s flight too short ~ fusion haiku

pheasant's flight too short_3

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #56 Crossroads offers four haiku,
from four different haijin, from which to write a fusion haiku.

a strange flower
for birds and butterflies
the autumn sky
                    Bashō

the pheasant cries
as if it just noticed
the mountain
                    Issa

the winter river;
down it come floating
flowers offered to Buddha
                    Buson

just outside the gate
the road slopes downward
winter trees
                    Shiki
~~~~~~~

My first haiku fuses Bashō and Issa:

pheasant’s flight too short
to keep up with butterfly
mountain looking down

pheasant's flight too short

My second haiku fuses Issa, Buson and Shiki:

path follows river
flowing down from high mountain
pheasant tracks in snow

path follows river_a

Images:
Harvard Art Museums – Butterflies, by Kubo Shanman
Museum of Fine Arts Boston Golden Pheasant and Snow Covered Pine, by Utagawa Hiroshige

8 thoughts on “pheasant’s flight too short ~ fusion haiku

  1. I like both of your haiku with special mention for the second one…such a beautiful image. Your first haiku uncovered a nice reading of Issa I hadn’t considered with the mountain just noticing (rather than the pheasant).

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