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
© 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:
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:
in a frenzy, feeder frozen