Written for:  Carpe Diem Crossroads #1 Introduction to a new feature and a first try
Haiku is still my first love, but during the years of our existence I learned to love and appreciate all kinds of Japanese poetry. And there we find the goal of this new feature “crossroads”. In this new feature I love to challenge you to create a new haiku (ONLY haiku) inspired on two or more poems. That can be two haiku or one haiku and one tanka. Or one haiku and e.g. a sedoka. You have to create your new haiku (Only haiku) from the given poems. Sometimes I will give you a “normal” poem and a haiku (or tanka) to use for your inspiration to create haiku (ONLY haiku).
Imagine you are on a crossroad were two haiku come together. The haiku “have a conversation” and “decide” to become one. Together the create a symbiosis of a new haiku.
It will not be an easy task, but I think it will be fun.

Here are the two haiku you have to use. Create a “fuse” of both, you can use the words from the both haiku, but if you are inspired to create a new haiku with new words … feel free.

alone on the beach
only the cries of seaguls –
breathing silence

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

And the other one I have chosen is by my master, Matsuo Basho:

young leaves
I would like to wipe away
tears in your eyes

© Basho

left alone
tears rolling down his cheeks
painful silence

seagulls cry
young lovers melt together
without shame

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

amidst seagull’s cry
tears trickling over lost love
boy sobs on the beach



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 tears

  1. Nice ‘fused’ haiku Sara.


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