fields of strife

Fields of wild strife—

I see purple flower clusters,

fires raging in B.C., Greece, California

unending warfare in faraway places,

my good fortune singed with sorrow.


Note: I use ‘strife’ to refer to the purple wildflower, ‘loosestrife’, as well as for the standard meaning: conflict and struggle.

The poem is intended to be a Gogyohka, a modern Japanese five-line poem with fewer requirements than a classical tanka.

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #45 Gogyohka

picking apples

from an apple tree

a poem may be plucked

one phrase, then the next


a ripened abundance


This poem started as a haiku and then evolved to five lines which possibly could be considered a gogyohka, a contemporary form of Japanese poetry, introduced by Enta Kusakabe to reduce the restrictions of classical rules such as syllable counts.

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018, Finding the Way, July 15 to August 14

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