like an apple

in the rays of the setting sun

The latest "sparkling stars" prompt over at Carpe Diem is this one by Kikaku:

in the rays of the setting sun
there flutters along the city street,
a butterfly

Here's my response, I started writing it on a walk today.

flock of geese passing
over the river where a
lone goose honks

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October 06, 2014


Carpe Diem prompt Yozakura's question, "How did you became involved with 'Soloku' or as you call it nowadays haiku?"

The first time I remember writing a haiku was in high school. It was about an apple. Then I don't think I wrote any for 25 years or so. I wrote some more a couple years ago when I was falling in love, . . .

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October 01, 2014


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Carpe Diem prompt "corn". I love this one Kristjaan offers, by Jane Reichhold:

harvest moon
a bulging corn crib
releases it

I remember the bulging corn crib from my grandpa's farm when I was little. And I can relate to the scene from Kristjaan's haiku too:

lost in the corn fields
I look at autumn's sky and listen,
a . . .

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September 26, 2014


it's a sharp sweetness
bruised apples on this sidewalk
wafting as I pass

CDHK Apples

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September 25, 2014

There is nothing

Carpe Diem prompt, a haiku of Sodo:

in my hut this spring,
there is nothing, -
there is everything!

Kristjaan offers some great explanations and more examples of a similar theme, "a spontaneous gush of feeling at some particular, fresh expression of the infinite meaning of things." In a way maybe all haiku aims at this theme. . . .

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September 22, 2014

Translation: The Strangeness

translation of Lambert Schlechter's L'√Čtranget√©

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Beauty Will Save the World offers a great poem by Lambert Schlechter today. I am going to try to translate it. First, my translation, then the original.

sometimes, suddenly, in a flash
an interruption in the stream of consciousness

a break in the cascade of moments
a silence in the murmur of the universe

sometimes, suddenly, my eyes open . . .

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September 17, 2014


CDHK prompt, "grief."

blue September sky
the sun breaks through the trees and
I remember you

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September 05, 2014