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


pheasant’s flight too short ~ fusion haiku

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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

the pheasant cries
as if it just noticed
the mountain

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

just outside the gate
the road slopes downward
winter trees

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

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

showers in the night

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showers in the night
lone cloud courting night crescent
each drop holds a moon

The challenge in Carpe Diem Crossroads #2 the summer moon is to write
a new haiku inspired by the words in two classic haiku (“fusing” them).

a thousand gallons
shower from the eaves…
cherry blossoms
                    Kobayashi Issa

it touches the line
of my fishing pole –
this summer moon
                    Fukuda Chiyo-Ni

I have taken it one step further by revising each of the original haiku,
an exercise that Kristjaan sometimes offers at Carpe Diem.

April showers
drumming on cottage roof
blossoms open


silent water
my pole bent by hungry fish
ripples in the moon

Image: composite of two sources at, here (Issa) and here (Chiyo-Ni)