Sunday, October 20, 2019

Carpe Diem #1766 mouse

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend full of inspiration. My weekend was very busy, because I had to work the evening-shift in the nursing home were I am working since the start of this year. Next to that I had our eldest son and his two kids visiting the whole weekend, so not only busy at work, but also at home.

This month we are celebrating our 7th birthday and we do that through a wonderful month in appreciation for the smaller creatures of nature. Today I have chosen "mouse" to work with.

Today we are creating haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form themed "mouse". I ran through my library of haiku and found several nice haiku by haiku-poets. Here is one by my master, Matsuo Basho:

suzume ko to koe naki kawasu nezumi no su 

Mice in their nest
squeak in response
to the young sparrows.

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. R.H.Blyth)

Here is another "mouse"-haiku this time created by a modern haiku poet:

A mouse stirs
in the kitchen cupboard;
winter solitude

© Amann, (Cicada Voices (1983))

And a Tanka written by myself back in 2017:

through the mist
I hear the cry of an eagle
seeking for prey
aware of his surroundings
he catches a little mouse

© Chèvrefeuille

Create your "mouse"-haiku (tanka or other Japanese poetry form) in honor of this beautiful small creature.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

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