Littered English Leaves


Littered English leaves

Drop from Texan blue skies –

ZZ Top pull strings


This poem was written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Ghost Writer #29, where the topic was “Pop culture references in haiku and senryu.” Jen from Blog It Or Lose It provided the guest post on this occasion and, after enjoying her wonderful writing for the past few months, I was finally tempted to start trying haiku myself.  So, basically it’s all Jen’s fault – she’s a fiend [shudder].

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is the blog of Chèvrefeuille, who organises daily intriguing prompts for writers. From reading his posts and comments I’ve started to get some idea of what defines haiku, e.g.  Along with these rules, he mentioned in another post that there should be no “I, me, my” in classical haiku.  Thanks to both he and Jen for stirring up my interest in what is, for me, a new approach to writing.

12 thoughts on “Littered English Leaves

  1. Hooray! He ventured into the scary world of haiku! And hopefully found it wasn’t all that scary after all, right? Really loving this haiku — I can see the swirl of leaves falling through a wide open blue sky 🙂

    And — great music to accompany the haiku!

    Hopefully I didn’t make you feel too pressured to write! Thanks for giving it a shot and for linking up to Carpe Diem — really hoping to see you there more often! 😀

    • It’s a very scary world, alright… In another window I have open at the moment I’ve descended into the dungeon – ah to see the horrors that excessive haiku-ing has wrought on the girlgoyle, poor lass :O

    • And the “pressure” was welcome, as it turns out. I think I mentioned elsewhere that it’s a relief to have fresh ideas and images to turn over amidst the daily Excel spread sheets, etc.. Btw the English sky was grey – it was the music that provided the wide-open Texan blueness 🙂 (hmm any idea why WP no longer wants me to enter a carriage return for a new paragraph..?)

      • First of all — so *you’ve* been having the carriage-return problem too? I keep having to refresh the page and start over. Aggravating!!!

        But — the Texan blueness really worked with the haiku. I’m glad haiku’s been providing a relief from those spreadsheets! 🙂

      • Very much so. I don’t want to complain too loudly though… They could update something and that would mean more (ugly) changes at WP….. o.O

  2. Good to see you here Blake … i am glad that you finally have taken this step to participate in Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I have already read a few haiku by you shared with me through Jen. You’ve talent and ‘pop-culture’ inspired you. This is a great haiku … ZZ-top is a great group.
    Welcome at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … hope to see you here again … Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi, thanks for the encouragement! Well, even though I’m only beginning to feel my way in making haiku I’ve already enjoyed how the process makes me observe the world around me a little differently. So I’m hoping to participate more at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

      And yes, ZZ Top is great 🙂

    • Oh yes, ZZ Top are groovy, aren’t they? Well, whatever they have in America they end up copying in England eventually – including the leaves, I shouldn’t wonder 😛

      Glad you liked the poem, dear Aquileana 😉

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