“moonlit night”

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1681 Troiku Month (10) Moonlit Night by Masaoka Shiki

“Today I have chosen a haiku by Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902). Shiki was the poet who gave haiku its name and he brought haiku into the 20th century. He wrote wonderful haiku in which he often used the modern industrial inventions of his lifetime e.g. steam engines. In the haiku I have chosen you can find that too.”

This is the haiku to work with:

the wild geese take flight
low along the railroad tracks
in the moonlit night

© Masaoka Shiki

Here is my attempt:

the wild geese take flight
arrow formation ‘cross sky
Winter is coming

low across the railroad tracks
wings flap and lift off
geese hurry and squawk

in the moonlit night
shadows of wings speed by
geese leave for warmer climes



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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