Sometimes poems will come while listening to music. This time I wrote after reading a poem by Rumi…the first lines are: ‘The flute weeps, to the pacing drum’. For the full text of Rumi’s poem please visit Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
The sweetness of silence between times of storytelling, talk, and worldly concerns is proposed by Rumi in “Two Days of Silence”:
After days of feasting, fast.
After days of sleeping, stay awake
one night. After these times of bitter
storytelling, joking, and serious
considerations, we should give ourselves
two days between layers of baklava
in the quiet seclusion where soul sweetens
and thrives more than with language.
only chirps of robins
break the silence
a robin chirps!
not even blowing snow
will stop spring
I am linking these two haiku to Frank J Tassone’s Haikai Challenge: Snow.
As I wrote these poems I was also thinking about Carpe Diem’s new Crossroads feature. For this feature we are invited to write a new haiku including elements of two given poems. Whether my haiku achieve this sufficiently I am not sure, but since they do borrow elements (words, tone, structure) I am providing the link so that if you are interested, you can read about the details and perhaps give it a try!
First photo of navel oranges is from Pixabay.com. The second, is a navel orange displayed on my kitchen counter. The orange’s navel is at the base of the orange. The top bears the stem that attaches to the tree.