kimonos flutter softly
a spring breeze
teases the cherry blossoms

For CDHK where we learn Basho’s ‘comparison‘ technique. “In haiku the SOMETHING and the SOMETHING ELSE are set down together in clearly stated images. Together they complete and fulfill each other as ONE PARTICULAR EVENT – Betty Drevniok
Basho writes:
rabbit-ear iris
how much it looks like
its image in water

Farewell Kiss

dawn sky
why does the sickle moon
still hang over the cherry blossoms


the bulbul’s dirge
one love-struck toad

farewell kiss
on dawn’s glowing cheek
a dark smudge

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, where Basho’s journey to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi) continues. Marvelling at the beauty of the town’s name, Basho worships at the shrine in Komatsu, where he observes the fleeting nature of glory in the incongruity of a cricket chirping inside an intricately patterned ancient battle helmet.
Previous posts in this series are HERE


Waiting Game

He wove tanka from peacock wings,
through nimbus rings,
with cherry blooms,
on rainbow looms;

Filled glowing antiseptic walls,
with bird breath scrawls.
with whispered heat,
with braided feet;

Alone was just a waiting game,
always the same,
string beads of pain,
again, again.

Minute Poem (12 lines of 60 syllables- in 3 stanzas of 8-4-4-4 syllables each- with aabb/ ccdd/ eeff/ rhyme scheme). Inspired by this minute poem by ConsciousCacophony)


So obsessed
by sakura
this spring,
I curse
the bright sunlight
in my upturned gaze.
The sun
we prayed for
all winter
with eyes tightly shut.

Poetweet: Exactly 140 characters long including spaces and punctuation.
April:#11- 06/30