Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Carpe Diem Theme Week 3: Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume; (3) ginkgo leaves are falling

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the third episode of our third Theme Week. This week I will introduce haiku written by Soseki Natsume to you. And today, I haven't a lot of time, I have a nice haiku for your inspiration and maybe the included image can inspire you too.

Credits: Kencho-ji Temple (Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)
The haiku by Soseki Natsume which I love to share here is about this Kencho-ji Temple and he wrote it in response on a haiku by Shiki, his contemporary.

when they strike the bell
these gingko leaves are falling -
Temple Kencho-ji

© Soseki Natsume

A wonderful haiku I would say. Strong in its scene and very strong in its choice of the words. Here is my response on this beauty by Soseki Natsume. I wasn't inspired so I dived into my archives to find a response that fits the spirit of Soseki Natsume.

on his death-bed
he smiles as he sees the Gingko-tree -
blooming Lotuses

© Chèvrefeuille

spider's cobweb
hides the smiling face of Buddha -
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille

Gingko Tree
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 21st at 10.00 PM (CET). Have fun!


  1. Both almost shockingly powerful haiku of yours Chev, with elements of the theatre of absurd as art

  2. I am late, but you can find mine at: