hibiscus red

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1667 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (14) Hibiscus Red … Raymond Roseliep

“Today I have chosen a nice haiku by a not so well known haiku poet, Raymond Roseliep (1917-1983). Let me give you first a short overview of his life:

Raymond Roseliep (1917 – 1983) was a poet and contemporary master of the English haiku and a Catholic priest. He has been described as “the John Donne of Western haiku.”

For Raymond Roseliep the two most sacred themes were creation and love, so it was only natural that he would explore both in his haiku.

He won the Haiku Society of America Harold G. Henderson award in 1977 and 1982. In 1981, Roseliep’s haiku sequence, “The Morning Glory”, appeared on over two thousand buses in New York City:”

takes in
the world
from the heart out

our day
into itself

on its own
inner light

© Raymond Roseliep


Haiku to work with:

to get hibiscus red
the artist eats the flower                         © Raymond Roseliep

awaiting color to seep
from his bones, brush to his arm          © Sara McNulty



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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4 Responses to hibiscus red

  1. gillena cox says:

    The artist does put so much thought into creating his canvas, nice extention



  2. rivrvlogr says:

    Nice twist!


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