photos on laptop ~ haiku


photos on laptop
showing newlyweds posing
beneath oak’s new leaves

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation # 86 – Carpe Diem’s Utopia is to write a modern Utopian (excellent) haiku, while using classical rules. Those rules are listed below, to show how this haiku, while having a modern theme, is able to meet the rules for a classic haiku.

     • Syllable count of 5-7-5
     • Inspiration source – (short moment in time) – here, that pose, with its significance
     • Season word(kigo) – here, it is “new leaves,” indicating spring
     • Interchanging – the first and third lines interchangeable without losing the imagery of the haiku


seeing potential ~ haiku

even an old man
has New Year’s eyes…
cherry blossoms

seeing potential
in arrival of new year
even in old age

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #85 Photo-shopping haiku – cherry blossoms is to “photo-shop” or remake a haiku by Kobayashi Issa (above in blue), by making a minor edit. I had a hard time stopping at “minor.”

Image source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Old Man Who Made Blossoms Bloom, by Sonsai Kōitsu


willow on stream bank ~ haiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #84 Quest for a New Masterpiece … Movement (Undou) asks us to create a new haiku using movement (or undou), inspired by Bashō’s “frog pond” haiku (tr. Jane Reichhold, below in blue).

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

willow on stream bank
long leaves trailing on water
knows little of thirst

Image: Niagara River Gorge at Whirlpool State Park, New York

Emergence ~ haiku

The following five haiku/senryū were included in my submission to Pure Haiku for the most recent theme, Emergence. The fourth and fifth appeared at Pure Haiku on March 7th and April 16th. My thanks go to Freya Pickard for featuring these.


true spirit revealed
a nature too long hidden
gender acceptance

chrysalis of green
parting as beauty unfolds
regal orange and black

long wait is over
nurtured in a mother’s warmth
a child’s eyes open

after long nights’ sleep
bear wakes in darkness of den
hungry for daylight

neurons fire, thoughts coalesce

Image source: screenshot from this YouTube video