Written for:  Carpe Diem #1674 Troiku Month (3) chestnuts by the eaves
“For today I have chosen a haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), whom I see as my sensei. It’s one of the 50 haiku he used in his wonderful haibun “The Small Road Into The Deep North” (Oku-no-Hosomichi).”

Here is the haiku to work with:

people in the world
hardly notice these blossoms
chestnuts by the eaves

© Basho (Tr. Tim Chilcott


people in the world
wander without observing
miss out on small treats

hardly notice these blossoms
tiny purple dots-
bells grow on heather

chestnut by the eaves
umber shells protect their fruit
only noticed when shelled                                      © 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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2 Responses to observance

  1. Very nicely crafted Troiku Sara. I have added your link


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