white moth flutters            white moth flutters
    a fleeting visitor              ephemeral 
      to this meadow                   as am I

                 white moths flit
                   in a splash of sunlight---
                     who else has passed this way?

Inspired by a moment of perception and thought, I wrote the first haiku.  Then I wrote two more looking for other words to bring readers closer to where I was.  I was thinking of Chèvrefeuille’s invitation to write and then consider possible meanings a reader might take away. This process might have resulted in my choosing one favourite wording, but in this case I liked something about each haiku.  This is my second response to Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #4.  (Best way to read this post on a phone is to turn the phone sideways.)


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 Chèvrefeuille has written about the freestyle haiku  of Basho from 1683 to 1685. It’s called Kanshicho. I enjoyed the sound of Kanshicho so much I wrote a ‘tribute’ series:


Kanshicho style

nod to tradition

heart on the loose


Immersed in flow 

no beginning no end

traditions echo


Open heart 

a moment pulses

gulls surf the wind


I am linking to Carpe Diem’s most recent weekend-meditation. Reading this Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku post inspired me to write these haiku.  Besides mentioning freestyle, Chèvrefeuille talks about awareness of multiple meanings…if all goes well I may write a second response.

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Summer nights

Thursday night:

Late summer drive

wind roars in my ears

cool breath of night


Tonight’s moon is lost 

though mists unveil the stars

an eerie feeling


Friday night:

As last embers glow 

quiet suspends in coolness

moonlight cups the sky


Not visible in this photo is the crescent shape of the almost quarter moon. One of many benefits of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompts is their encouragement to absorb the outdoors. The prompt ‘cool’ nudged me to closer enjoyment of summer night air—touched in two of these haiku.

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Recently I attempted to enjoy a few quiet moments of twilight on our back deck. These haiku and this photo emerged:


Out on the deck

absorbing evening sounds

brief luxury


Twilight serenade 

punctuated by barking

midsummer moment


Outside for brief time—

barking pup greets my return

with ecstatic leaps


A vine knows its way

on the darkest of nights

porch light unneeded


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Linking to Carpe Diem #1220 Twilight