Written for:  Carpe Diem Crossroads #1 Introduction to a new feature and a first try
Haiku is still my first love, but during the years of our existence I learned to love and appreciate all kinds of Japanese poetry. And there we find the goal of this new feature “crossroads”. In this new feature I love to challenge you to create a new haiku (ONLY haiku) inspired on two or more poems. That can be two haiku or one haiku and one tanka. Or one haiku and e.g. a sedoka. You have to create your new haiku (Only haiku) from the given poems. Sometimes I will give you a “normal” poem and a haiku (or tanka) to use for your inspiration to create haiku (ONLY haiku).
Imagine you are on a crossroad were two haiku come together. The haiku “have a conversation” and “decide” to become one. Together the create a symbiosis of a new haiku.
It will not be an easy task, but I think it will be fun.

Here are the two haiku you have to use. Create a “fuse” of both, you can use the words from the both haiku, but if you are inspired to create a new haiku with new words … feel free.

alone on the beach
only the cries of seaguls –
breathing silence

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

And the other one I have chosen is by my master, Matsuo Basho:

young leaves
I would like to wipe away
tears in your eyes

© Basho

left alone
tears rolling down his cheeks
painful silence

seagulls cry
young lovers melt together
without shame

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

amidst seagull’s cry
tears trickling over lost love
boy sobs on the beach



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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #23 Kamishibai, the art of story telling

This weekend I love to challenge you to create a haibun, be the storyteller like Basho, Of course this is a challenge so there are a few rules:

Your haibun may have a maximum of 250 words (including the haiku). The haiku in your haibun have to be classical, so with 5-7-5 syllables, a seasonword, a cuttingword, an interchangeable first and third line, a deeper meaning and of course nature. The haiku has to be that really short moment similar with the sound of a pebble thrown into water.

Than a last “rule”, your haibun must be themed “springtime”.

Here is my attempt:

botanic gardens

A happy Springtime memory for me is one of a stroll
through arched cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
on a chilly, sunshine-bright day.

An aisle like a impressionist water-color–all in pink and white–
glistened as diamonds from winks of sun. Petals peppered the ground
so that earth was covered. I felt afloat in another world

bouquets of pink and white
float from winter to spring
cherry blossoms


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Written for:  Carpe Diem #1386 Silence …
Try to create a haiku or tanka (or other Japanese poetry form) in which you don’t really use the word silence … let the scene speak to your reader about silence. Enjoy it!

early rising
bathing in the silence of the garden
birds praise their Creator

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)


Here is my attempt:

in the still lake
small eddies fan out, a skirt
for the lotus flower


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Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meeting The Bar:  Phantom Form – Shadorma
(posted by Gospel)
“Let us dVerse poets be allured! Shadorma is a syllabic poem consisting of six-line stanzas. The pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5, and you may write one stanza, twenty, or anywhere in between. In honor of its nebulous origins, I suggest the content explore the fog, the paranormal, the unexplained phenomena of life and death. Ultimately though, let the Shadorma lead you in what you shall write…and reveal.”


(Source: Lauren (elycerose), via Flickr)

He is lost,
I call my ghost dog.
Too windy,
fog rolls in
obscuring all but this tree .
Maybe he will find me.



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Hi Ocean!

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads  “Dear” Poems  (posted by Manicddaily)

“Start your poem as a letter to a person, place, thing, even feeling—whatever addressee you wish—and then more on from there.

Note that you do not need to include the “dear” (or any trappings of a letter) in your final posted poem. Simply use the “dear” as a starting point.

Also note that your addressee does not actually have to be “dear” to you- the “dear” is just a device to get you going. (Feel free to be sarcastic.)”

Hi Ocean,

There you roll on the tip
of Long Island at Montauk,
your introduction one of sand hills
flowered with grasses and beach plums.

I write to ask if you have ever considered
packing up your whitecaps and tides,
and taking a road trip to where
your lulling sound, briny taste,
and vivid vision are desperately sought.

Oh, I would not expect you to settle
anywhere else permanently, just until
we land-wrecks attain a sense of peace
which only you can bring about.
Think about it.

Miss you,

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How To Refresh

Written for:  Poetic Asides #431 – Write a refresh poem.

Did not close down properly–
refresh the page
Aw Snap! Something went wrong–
refresh the page
Clear your cache and cookies–
refresh the page

Get off iPad, slam it closed–
refresh yourself with a chilled glass of wine.

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Silver Dust

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Super me! (as in the verb)”  (posted by Lillian)

“The superhero, Black Panther, is getting rave movie reviews. When I was young, I idolized the Lone Ranger. Today, Marvel characters such as The Hulk, Spider Man, and Thor have great mass appeal, as does Wonder Woman. Mythology’s Hercules, canonized saints like Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa, and people like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Malia may also be considered superheroes. The term is also applied generically to people within groups such as first responders, fire fighters, and those who put others in front of themselves in emergency situations.

Change the words a bit and we can talk about having a super power: an extraordinary ability, capacity, or strength ~ or about being a super power.

My challenge for you today: think about these words – superhero, super power(s). Write a poem, any form and any length, about something or someone or some characteristic related to these words ~ perhaps imaginative, perhaps real. It can evoke an actual capacity/characteristic/person or something/someone historical, mythological, or imaginary.”

Only to possess the ability
to create sparkling,
shimmering silver dust
borne by breezes
that embrace the world
and sprinkle every human
being with a potent heart
of peace.

Super me! (as in the verb)

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Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Scream



The Scream by Edvard Munch


Instead of anguish
tearing up body
and mind as I watch
a dear friend slipping
slowly from life,
unable to speak
as family and friends
comfort each other,
I want to shriek,
stamp my feet, shake
my fist, and witness
a miracle.


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Once A Building

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – The Tuesday Platform
(posted by Sanaa)
Welcome to the Tuesday Platform, your unprompted free-range day for sharing poems in the Imaginary Garden.

rising like rocket,
took years to build

took seconds to
to ash.


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“slashes of rain”

Written for:  The Twiglets #67 – “slash of rain”

knife sharp sheets of rain
slash windows
a blurry prism


A slasher roamed the streets at night
causing townsfolk to live in fright
one day rain poured down
lakes formed on the ground,
and the slasher slipped and drowned–no streetlight


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