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).
river in winter
soaring over peaks
an eagle spots its prey
young birds are raised
My new ‘fusion haiku’:
an eagle circles
sharp winds swirl river of snow
prey nest far below
Snow covered treetops
a cherry blossom dreamland
until the branch falls
My haiku is a ‘revision’ of this haiku written by 18th century Japanese poet, Yosa Buson:
a branch snaps under snow
waking me from a dream of the cherries
flowering on Yoshino
© Yosa Buson 1716-1784
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #28 Revise that Haiku
Photo of snow trees is from Pixabay.com
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!
our garden nestles
in a snow-feather duvet
as vernal sun bends closer
her vitality quickens
A tanka for Frank J Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #24: Snow
in early spring
crystal clusters floating
lace petal clouds drifting…melting
sad world…if only snowflakes could
banish greed and hate…sow
Ten line poem challenge: mirror cinquain
this spring morning
mirage of pussy willows
in snow caps
The first photo is mine, taken this March 8 morning, showing snow-capped chicory stems. The second photo is of real pussy willows from the Pixabay collection.