White Slap of Hail

 

white slap of hail

on my face and we’re not even

lovers

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Utabukuro, the poem-bag #1 re-introduction “a single tulip”, another great prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, in which Chèvrefeuille asked us to choose a haiku or tanka we admire and write our own haiku inspired by it.  So, here’s a favourite of mine by Basho, which I read again recently:

 

still alive

but frozen into one –

sea-slugs

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To me there seems such a mysterious atmosphere in Basho’s haiku, probably due to the fact that a normal, albeit peculiar scene is examined so intensely until other possible meanings start to rise up.  So, for my haiku I tried to borrow the coldness of that scene and the eerie intimacy.  All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s the Sleepy Jackson –

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On a Green Stalk

 

on a green stalk

gusts sway the dragonfly

gold, gone

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This poem was written in response to ‘Carpe Diem#1016 picturing the haiku’, a post created by Chèvrefeuille as a tribute to Jane Reichhold, who died recently. Jane not only wrote beautiful poems of her own, but also produced wonderful translations of all of Basho’s haiku, and was a tremendous source of knowledge and encouragement to everyone who enjoys trying to make haiku of their own. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here.

And, to finish, here’s the Rolling Stones –

Across

 

across grim

October lakes only raindrops

cast the sun in bits

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Special #173 Tom D’Evelyn’s essay BASHO AND THE SMACK OF REALITY: A PERSONAL ESSAY ON HAIKU, another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s the Beta Band –
 

A Hiss of Blue

 

a hiss of blue

waves welcome the coast deeper in

before parting

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem #810 Aquila (Eagle), another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. Admittedly, there are no eagles in my haiku; instead I took inspiration from what Chèvrefeuille told us about the Japanese Festival on the 7th of the 7th month Tanabata, together with the haiku written by Basho about the Tanabata Festival, i.e.

Star Festival. On the 7th of Seventh Month, this festival celebrates the legend of the Shepherd Boy and Weaver Girl, represented as two stars, Altair and Vega. These two lovers are doomed to be separated by Heaven’s River (the Milky Way) all year except on this day, when magpies form a bridge with their wings.
 
do not even peer
through the leaves of the silk tree
light falls from the stars
 
tanabata –
autumn is truly here
as nights begin

© Matsuo Basho
 
Finally, to finish, here’s some trip hop from Portishead –