Floating City

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1143, Eo, ancient Tokyo
Edo (“bay-entrance” or “estuary”), also romanized as Jedo, Yedo or Yeddo, is the former name of Tokyo. It was the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. During this period, it grew to become one of the largest cities in the world and home to an urban culture centered on the notion of a “floating world”.


Edo Castle

feeling alone
lost in the woods around Edo –
just the autumn wind

© Yozakura

on the scales—
Kyoto and Edo balanced
in this spring of a thousand years

wind from Mt. Fuji—
carrying it in my fan,
a souvenir for those in Edo

autumn, ten years:
now I point to Edo
as the old home

© Basho (Tr. David L. Barnhill, taken from Basho’s haiku, selected poems by Matsuo Basho)

day dreamer
the scent of cherry blossom
walking through Edo

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

ancient Edo
old castle, new city
floats before my eyes


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Floating City

  1. Loving your haiku….well written.


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