Garden Statues

Written for: Carpe Diem Utabukuro, the poem-bag #1 – reintroduction:  “a single tulip”
It’s my pleasure to re-introduce to you a feature we had here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This feature is based on a haiku by Basho which he wrote when he was around 22 years of age, it’s one of his earliest known haiku according to Jane Reichhold. I called that new feature “Carpe Diem Utabukuro, which means “poem bag”.

The goal of this CDHK feature is not difficult, because I just ask you to share a haiku or tanka which you admire. That haiku or tanka can be one of a classical or non-classical haiku poet or one by yourself. You can choose whatever you like, but it has to be a haiku or tanka. Maybe the haiku brings you sweet (or sad) memories or you just like it. Explain why you have chosen that haiku or tanka to share here “in” CDHK’s Utabukuro, poem bag and … that’s the second task for this feature write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the one you have chosen.

flower buds
sadly spring winds cannot open
a poem bag

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

a single flower
my companion
for one night

© Chèvrefeuille (2005)
(our host)

I explained the first task of this feature and I think you understand what I mean. Look at the second task of this feature … write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the haiku or tanka of your choice. I think that’s also easily understand. So I will do that also in this introduction to this new Carpe Diem Utabukuro feature:

a single tulip
covered with snow
arrival of spring

© Chèvrefeuille

I have chosen this poem by Issa who always seems to have a good sense of humor.

The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.


deep freeze overnight
outlines of garden statues
blue ice in moonlight



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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