Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of our (very) special feature "crossroads" in which I challenge you fuse two haiku into one haiku. As I have read you all like this feature and you all are becoming better and better in this fusion-haiku crafting.
At first I thought to use different poetry forms from Japan, but I think this feature is specific for haiku, because that's our main goal here at CDHK ... creating haiku. This "crossroads" feature is nice to make, but I think it also helps us all to improve our haiku writing skills.
This week I have chosen two haiku one by a classical haiku poet, Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) and a 'modern' haiku poet, Jane Reichhold (1937-2016). First I will give you the haiku by Moritake. This haiku you all will know I think, it's his most famous haiku:
A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
But no, a butterfly.
© Arakida Moritake (Tr. Steven D. Carter)
|photo © Chèvrefeuille|
coming in the window
© Jane Reichhold
A nice set of haiku to work with and create a "fusion"-haiku with it. I have given it a try myself, but it wasn't easy:
the sound of the surf
enters my home through the open window
and a butterfly
Well ... not a strong "fusion" haiku, but I like it.
This episode of "crossroads" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 10th at noon (CEST). Have fun!