It’s my pleasure to introduce an all new feature to you. Mostly we, at CDHK, are focused on classical haiku masters, but I think in our time we have also great haiku poets. I would like to introduce to you on a bi-weekly sequence to modern haiku poets, say from 1900 until now. As I thought about this feature I sought the Internet for a long time and I have found a few wonderful websites to extract my information about these modern haiku poets from.
As always there is a kind of task bound to every new feature. For this feature I love to ask you to write an all new haiku (or tanka) inspired on the given haiku, but they have to follow the rules of the classical haiku:
- a kigo or seasonword
- a kireji or cutting word (: ; , and so on)
- nature as it’s theme and humankind as part of it
- a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
- interchanging the first and third line
- and (if possible) a deeper meaning, based on Zen Buddhism or another religious or spiritual kind of belief.
|Peggy Willis-Lyles (1939-2010)|
slides from my shoulder . . .
where the river deepens
the weight of mist
in Spanish moss
|Credits: Spanish Moss|
on the wind chimes
the tai chi master
shifts his stance
a waterfall without sound
Spanish Mosses fall