after hours


In Carpe Diem #1274  Chèvrefeuille invites us to explore ‘wordlessness’ in haiku. Visiting at a restaurant after it closed, I attempted some brief haiku:

chef sings

after hours

electric stars

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hanging out

red scooter

decor

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chairs cower 

on tabletops

mop on the loose

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work done

feet in the air

all tabled

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October


Wild wind rained last night 

lashing remains of summer

golden leaves dangle

waiting for a gentle breeze

to shimmer late autumn days

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In response to Robert Frost’s “October”:

 “O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call.

To-morrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow,

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled, 

Beguile us in the way you know;

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away;

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.”

(By Robert Frost; www.poets.org)

My tanka is inspired by Carpe Diem #1272 October (Robert Frost), an invitation to speak to the essence of Frost’s beautiful poem in haiku or tanka.

reflections within and without

Thinking about ‘reflections’and how self knowledge comes from different kinds of external mirrors and from introspection, I wrote three haiku:

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a look of dismay

sends words to silent replay

rueful reflection 

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who am I?

a blend of reflections 

from within and without

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how to see myself?

mirrors may guide or

lead astray

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In response to Carpe Diem #1269 reflection.

travellers

invisible limbs

only seen by eyes of flesh

dance in cosmic winds

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helical motion

cradled on this spinning orb

sing songs of the stars

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life’s children

we cry for release

from our cells

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Many thanks to Chèvrefeuille, author of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for posting this music of Karunesh..having read Carpe Diem #1270 desert travellers I wrote these haiku while playing the music.

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On the river

Floating candles

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On the river

lights float to the horizon

the dead rejoice

© Basho

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On the river

we return to the ocean

borne by the flow

.

lights float to the horizon—

spirit dreams flicker

memory in the mist

.

the dead rejoice 

release, reunion with

ocean’s vast embrace

~

Carpe Diem’s Weekend Meditation #3 offers Basho’s above haiku for writing a Troiku  (poem consisting of three haikus each starting with a line of a chosen haiku poem).  

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