Sunday, June 28, 2015

Carpe Diem #765 leaves

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a wonderful month we have had all those wonderful modern summer kigo as compiled by Jane Reichhold in her saijiki "a dictionary of haiku" and what we have in front of us next month .... wow I think ...
Kigo or seasonwords are essential for haiku they give the reader the opportunity to really be in the same moment as the poet, at least in the same season. Haiku is the only poetry form who uses that seasonword, however ... tanka is also known for its use of seasonwords, but not that specific as with haiku.

We have still a few days to go in June and today we enter a little bit a new season, autumn, because our prompt for today is leaves. Leaves has multiple meanings, it can mean "leaving" or "leaves of trees" so this prompt we can use in a different way in the haiku ...

Credits: summer leaves
Let us take a look at the haiku Jane shares as example for this kigo, this seasonword:

smoke shaking
from its folds leafy trees
along the railroad

summer departs
all the warmth left
in leaf fires

out of earth
the heart shapes

(C) Jane Reichhold

All three are favorites of mine, but that second haiku is in my opinion the haiku who says it all. It has summer in it, but also a little bit of autumn, really awesome haiku. Jane is really one of the most gifted haiku poets I know.

Here is my attempt to compose an all new haiku inspired on this wonderful prompt leaves:

waves come and go
like the seasons
summer leaves

(C) Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... I am not satisfied with this one, but in a way it says all what I would like to say ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 1st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, departing summer, later on.

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