Buson’s Memorial Day

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1587 Buson’s Memorial Day (busonki) (January 17th)

“Today it’s January 17th and that is Buson’s Memorial Day (or busonki) and it’s also a classical kigo for winter. So according to the meaning of this day … Buson’s Memorial Day … I have a nice challenge for you all … create a “fusion-ku” from the two haiku I will give you hereafter … and create a Troiku with your “fusion-ku”.

“Here are the two haiku by Buson to use:”

someone goes by wearing a hood
in his own darkness
not seeing the harvest moon

the first light snow
then when the bowl of the sky is empty
the moon hanging in the bamboos

© Yosa Buson

fusion haiku:

walking with head down
startled by sudden bright light
moon peeking through bamboos


walking with head down
snowflake lands on open hand
Winter has come 

startled by sudden bright light
rabbit races home
snow falls under moon

Winter has come
squirrel sees super blood moon
tail rustles like feather


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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3 Responses to Buson’s Memorial Day

  1. rivrvlogr says:

    I especially like the last line of your troiku.


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