The Grass Stems Sway

 

the grass stems sway

and seeds are part meadow

part wind

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This poem was written in response to Chèvrefeuille’s Gift to You to Celebrate Our First Luster of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #4 reprise “perpetuum mobile”, 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, after some hi-tech television studio trickery,  is Joni Mitchell –

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Lazily

 

lazily I tread

the soft grass and a summer moth

treads the soft air

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Modern Times Haiku #2 Margaret Chula’s “following my footprints”, 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 Kurt Vile –
 

Electric

 

electric blue

the sky drops a thin shard

onto green grass – dragonfly

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Utabukuro #7 a drop of water by Cor van den Heuvel, another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this post I used the poem chosen by Chèvrefeuille as an inspiration:

a drop of water
floats by the canoe
on a curled leaf

© Cor van den Heuvel

What I like about this haiku is how it paints a scene but then plays with the reader’s expectations: the canoe should float on the water but here the water floats by the canoe, not only that but when I visualise that drop of water on the leaf it seems to be mimicking the appearance of a person sat in their canoe. “Surprise” is one of the classic elements of haiku and this poem is a subtle example of the technique.

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s The Primitives –

Frayed Gold

 

frayed gold long grass

stems bow in a soft summer

breeze before the blades

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This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Perpetuum Mobile #1 Introduction to a new feature, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Reality (a 70s Dutch funk band, apparently; never heard them before but they’re pretty groovy)  –
 

Distant

 

distant summer grasses

swaying silver mauve green

morning’s music

 

it wears the vast blue

that wears the summer morning –

a gliding gull

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These poems were written in response to Carpe Diem #767 natsuake (summer morning), another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s The Lovin’ Spoonful (with classic 60s sideburns!) –