Written for:  Carpe Diem #1634 Hanamatsuri … the celebration of the birth of Buddha (classical kigo)

“Today’s theme is “hanamatsuri” a wonderful Asian festival in which the birth of Buddha is celebrated.”



“The following text comes from a pamphlet published by the Northwest Ministerial Association, Buddhist Churches of America.”

“Hanamatsuri, literally flower festival, is celebrated on April 8, commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha became enlightened as Sakyamuni Buddha and this marks the release of sentient beings from suffering and sorrow.”

happening to be born
on Buddha’s birthday
a baby deer!

© Basho (Tr. unknown)

Here is my attempt:

Buddha’s birthday brings
cascade of flowers to earth
sweet enlightenment

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 birthday

  1. macalder02 says:

    The Buddha festival suited you. Your poem came out of wonders.


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