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Snow-capped stump, northern New Mexico

borrowing sleep
from the scarecrow’s sleeves
midnight frost

weaves a jaunty new snow cap
for the New Year’s festival

*Opening gambit © by Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold… 39 more words

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Borrowing Sleep's Step #haiku #tanrenga #photography

borrowing sleep

from the scarecrow’s sleeves
midnight frost

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

sleepwalker’s nightly path

no one knows where you go


I am reminded of my son’s odd sleepwalking habits. 52 more words


On Fauna and the Winter Season (Haiku's #3)


Speckled bodies, brown,

leaving prints in the snow and

nesting in planters.



Retreat just to sleep

down deep at the roots of earth, 68 more words


The Narrow Road to the Deep North

“On the bedside table by the living Buddha, now dead, was an old copy of Basho’s great travel journal The Narrow Road to the Deep North. 826 more words


Basho Haiku

Matsuo Munefusa (Basho), 1644 — 1694, became well known in the intellectual Edo part of  Japan, which is now modern Tokyo. He had a future in the military since he was born into a samurai family, but he preferred to live in poverty as a wanderer. 296 more words

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Haiku: Pheasant's Eye

golden heads nodding

pheasant’s eye welcomes the wind

happiness in bloom

Shared with Carpe Diem #652, Pheasant’s Eye ( Fukujusoo)

Creative Writing

Haiku: from classical Japanese poetry to video re-invention

Haiku is a three-line poem. The first and thrid lines contain five syllables, and the second line contains seven syllables. The 5-7-5 structure of haiku eliminates, by virtue of its form, all words that are extraneous to the message of the poem. 243 more words