blue helicopter

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #63 – The Quest For A New Masterpiece Continues . . . winter

This weekend I love to challenge you again to create your masterpiece. As you all know a while ago we started our quest for a new masterpiece and I have seen a lot of masterpieces.
There are several classical and non-classical haiku (or tanka) that have become evergreens. For example the “crow” haiku by Basho:

on a withered branch
a crow is perched
autumn evening

© Bashō (1644–1694)

Basho wrote this haiku in the year 1680, and it is often considered to be a marker of the beginning of Bashō’s mature style.

Or what to say of that beauty by Chiyo-Ni:

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

What makes a haiku (or tanka) a masterpiece? Well … I will give it a try to tell you what a haiku (or tanka) makes a masterpiece in my opinion:

First: It has to describe a moment that got your attention.
Second: You have to use the right words. Words that describe the moment in its true way.
Third: Maybe … use the classical way of creating haiku (or tanka) (as mentioned in CDHK Lecture One above in the menu).
Fourth: It has been written right from the heart or soul not the mind.
Fifth: It’s (maybe) in the sense and tone of the classical haiku (tanka) poets.
Sixth: It has to be … how shall I say it … be your child, your creation … in a masterpiece we can read, between the lines, the poet who created it.

a last rose
more fragile than ever
clothed in snow

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

blue helicopter
in a frenzy, feeder frozen
whirling hummingbird

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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