The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Carpe Diem's Distillation #1, A poem by Otomo Miyuki (Manyoshu)

The challenge is to reduce to a haiku this poem, by Otomo Miyuki, who, as Kristjaan explains "wrote it after the Jinshin conflict (672), in which Emperor Temmu in 673 moved the capital of Japan back to Yamato Province on the Kiyomihara plain, naming this new capital Asuka."

I've been reducing my own stories and longer poems to haiku form for well over  a year now, so this is right up my alley.

Our Sovereign, a god,
Has made his Imperial City
Out of the stretch of swamps,
Where chestnut horses sank
To their bellies.

© Ōtomo Miyuki


My distillation

sovereign city
fitting capital for god
with feet of clay

Carpe Diem's Distillation #1


  1. A god with feet of clay is a fitting deity for those with heads of clay perhaps ;)

  2. Extraordinary well done JzB. I can see and read that it's your alley. Thank you for participating in this new challenge.

  3. Yes, this is a nice distillation.

  4. Muslims believe man was made from such muddy clay....just saying because that's what came to me wee brain....well-done


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