a taste of summer

Candy-stripe lily

thirsting for sweet nectar

of sunlight kisses


©️2018 Ontheland

In response to Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #3, I am featuring a day lily I photographed three summers ago. Though it was cloudy last night for March’s blue moon, recent days have been sunny!

Carpe Diem’s Crossroad challenges offer two haiku from which participants create some kind of combination or fusion. This time, the two inspirational haiku were written by Basho and translated by Jane Reichhold:

rabbit-ear iris

how much it looks like

its image in water

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

a silk tree

even through the leaves weary

of starlight

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

5 thoughts on “a taste of summer

    1. Thanks Suzanne. I don’t aim for a fusion in a pure sense (I give myself lots of leeway) I consider elements in each haiku, such as words, feeling, structure and so on and create a new poem that borrows in some way from each. Both of Basho’s poems are summer as is mine. My nod to the first is most obvious with the method of flower description and to the second more subtle with the form of the last line (“of..) and reference to a celestial light.

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