Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy to prepare our first CD-Special, with a new logo, of this CD-month. This month our featured haiku-poet is Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), a modern time American haiku-poet. I had heard about him, but had never read a haiku composed by him. So this month will be a revelation to me ... and maybe to you also.
In 1969, at age 47, Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long-term alcohol abuse. Since his death Kerouac's literary prestige has grown and several previously unseen works have been published. All of his books are in print today.
|Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)|
Kerouac once said:
[...] "I propose that the 'Western Haiku' simply say a lot in three short lines in any Western language. Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture . . ." [...]
Here is our first Special haiku by Jack Kerouac:
sleeping on this flower -
your light's on
© Jack Kerouac
A beauty I think. Will not be an easy task to write a new one ...
Here is my attempt:
'Look! Those strange lights?'
the child says full of surprise
'a cloud of fireflies!'
|A Cloud of Fireflies|
This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 6th 11.59 AM (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, frog, later on today. For now have fun, be inspired and share your haiku in the spirit of Jack Kerouac with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.