a fusion haiku featuring Ozaki Hosai

gazing from the shore

my feelings of want dissolve

with the dying light

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This haiku is inspired by two haiku of Ozaki Hosai (1885-1926) who was part of the free haiku movement in Japan:

on the field

where evening has died out,

my footsteps


the heart

that seeks something

I release to the sea

© Ozaki Hosai (revised by Chèvrefeuille)

In response to Carpe Diem Crossroads #9: Ozaki Hosai’s ‘on the field’

Spring troiku


 Bare branches

waving soft fringes of green

bright chirps from within

a painting against blue sky

etched by sunlight

life longs to return

leaves under my feet

rememberlast autumn

before the snow


This is a troiku based on a haiku of Yozakura (1640-1716).  A troiku is composed by writing three new haiku, each starting with a line of a chosen original.  Here is Yozakura’s original haiku (as translated):

bare branches

a painting against the blue sky

leaves under my feet


The troiku form was developed by Chevrefeuille, host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, and my troiku responds to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #31: Troiku…bare branches. Embedded in the troiku is a series of three haiku (as mentioned above). The first haiku is my response to this week’s Haikai Challenge #32 twittering (saezuri).


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many paths

There are many places that I have not seen—deserts, volcanoes, inland seas. For some, wandering is the path, a liberation from the familiar. And yet wandering in what is here unveils other dimensions, other paths…a life finds its own journey…spiralling through space, love, passion, meaning…

snug in the earth

leaf and stem dream of fruit

young blueberry bush


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An extreme haibun (consisting of no more than 55 words) for Carpe Diem #1421 Desert.

The image is offered for public use at Pixabay.com.

saying goodbye

They gathered at the cemetery—caregivers, family, friends, many in wheelchairs—those who knew her well and those who knew her less, her 62-year life forged by an indomitable spirit.

giant spruce arms reach to heaven, tears of hope at its feet

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For Debbie and Carpe Diem #1420 Tears One-bun. The photo of a hanging spruce tree cone is courtesy of Pixabay.com.

echoes of Nakagawa

one note of the shakuhachi

resounds endlessly

piercing the winter clouds

© Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984)


the flute’s haunting tones

scatter winter clouds

echoes beyond time

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snow on mountain peak

unfurls a Rainbow

© Soen Nakagawa


mountain snowmelt

in halos of mist

shimmering rainbows

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In response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #30 Revise that Haiku: Soen Nakagawa