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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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #1, "Frogpond"

 An all new feature at CD Haiku Kai

These new haiku, inspired on a given 'masterpiece', have to follow the classical rules of haiku:

1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. a kigo (or seasonword)
3. a kireji (or cutting word, in Western languages mostly interpunction)
4. a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
5. a deeper meaning (could be Zen-Buddhistic or other spiritual or religious thought)
6. and the first and the third line are interchangeable.


Inspirational haiku by Matsuo Basho

the old pond (-)
      a frog jumps in
            sound of water


My inspiration

on the silken strands
     sad fly plays a minor chord (-)
          orb weaver's delight

1) Basho's in translation does not follow 5-7-5, but Kristjaan assures us that in the Japanese Onji it does.
2) Since cicadas and mosquitoes can be summer kigo, I think it's fair to assign the fly a similar role. UPDATE:  Yes, the fly is vindicated. [Thanks to Jen at Blogitorloseit]
3 In English haiku the cutting "word" is often an implied caesura.  I made it explicit with (-).
4) A moment as short as a plucking a string.
5) I'm thinking a lot this week about the circle of life, and it's inherent indifferent cruelty.  YMMV.
6)  Just so.

orb weaver's delight (-)
     sad fly plays a minor chord
          on the silken strands

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #1, "Frogpond"



  1. Poor sad fly!
    And I agree - flies are a good summer kigo.
    Have you seen this site?
    Great haiku -- I can hear the poor fly.

  2. Well done.. "one man's death is anther man's bread" I think I liked the second order better.. but it's a very well balanced haiku

  3. A while back when Chevrefeuille had us visiting temples in Japan I had kareu as my companion the whole time - kareu also means returning from a journey.

    Ah spiders. I like spiders. While I suppose they are necessary and are a part of nature I wouldn't mind if all flies were spider food.

  4. a real classical haiku ! '' a minor chord '' is really mind blowing !


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