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