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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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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Wabi-Sabi


Brown blotches

on shrunken leaves

aged beauty

*

Withered stalks 

still bear sweet beans

the end is near

*

Three seasons

growth, decay, then death 

a rustic mirror

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‘Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.’ ~ Japanese Architect, Tadao Ando

In response to Embracing Wabi Sabi an Ontheroad haiku prompt.
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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

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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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