Carpe Diem Crossroads #13 presents two wonderful haiku by Matsuo Basho, Japanese haiku poet (1644-1694) which we are to contemplate and then create a new ‘fusion’ haiku. There is a second part of the challenge that I will feature in my Sunday morning post.
In a recent post at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Chevrefeuille shares a photo and haiku about a favourite park bench near his home. This inspired me to share these recent photos taken at a favourite park bench near my home.
The final haiku uses the word ‘interbeing’, a word coined by Thich Nhat Hahn, referring to the interconnectedness or interdependence of all life and phenomena. I am linking this post to Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #40 Independence where independence and interdependence are the themes.
Yesterday morning I was commenting to my partner that if I were to write a haiku out of season it would be about summer in winter. I couldn’t do a winter haiku in summer I said. Yet, one hour later, I was looking at fusing two winter haiku…perhaps waiting at a courthouse in freezing air conditioning made it feel possible.
Here are the two winter haiku featured by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Crossroads #12 for creating new ‘fusion-haiku’. The author is Japanese poet, Ryokan (1758-1831).
Carpe Diem’s Weekend Meditation features Kenshin Sumitaku…penname ‘Kenshin’…a Japanese poet who succumbed to leukemia at age 25 in 1987. He had been writing haiku for three years, many, but certainly not all, from the perspective of illness. Examples of his one-line, free style haiku can be found at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and I found more samples of his writing at Simply Haiku. The Carpe Diem challenge is to write one-line haiku inspired by Kenshin. My Saturday stream of consciousness follows:
a young poet, sad words from his bed
clouds today, fan blades purring
leukemia, Kenshin and my aunt years ago
in the sunflower patch, is that a pumpkin seedling?