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
Issa

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
               Bashō

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

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