fine mist

December Haiku Share

I wish I had a solstice haiku to share, but I don’t. Anyway, we can’t have a gathering of haiku poets without paying tribute to Basho’s frog. So share a haiku about frogs. Or crickets. Or both. Or mist. (Or the solstice.) Go wild!

fine mist
he says frogs
I say crickets

The Heron’s Nest XIII:3, September 2011


If you missed the initial post, click here to read about the month long haiku challenge I am holding right here on my blog this December.

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old pond

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 8

Today’s prompt was a very cool one, by guest prompter Daniel Ari: “Talk back to a dead poet. Choose a poem you like by a poet who is no longer living and offer a rebuttal.” There was only one way I could go with this:

Original poem:

old pond…
a frog leaps in
water’s sound

— Matsuo Basho (translated by William Higginson)

My response:

old pond…
after the frog
only ripples

“Frog” is a spring kigo.  For 30 more different translations of Basho’s famous frog poem, check out this page. More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

Basho’s Frogpond, Revisited

I had a real Basho moment today. I was walking the dog by the pond, when suddenly I heard a loud plop. My first thought was that someone had thrown a large rock into the pond, but looking around, I saw that pup and I were alone. Was it a frog? Not wanting puppy to go ballistic, I didn’t dare approach too close in case it was something he wanted to chase. All I saw were trailing ripples, and for the whole time I stood there, nothing emerged.

old pond
when I look again
only ripples

NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 31

May 31 prompt: summer vacation


Memorial Day weekend traditionally signifies the start of summer, even though here in Portland, there are still 3 more weeks of school left. Well, at least the outdoor pools are open!

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hydrangeas —
at the time for summer clothes
pale blue

–Basho



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 16

May 16 prompt: rainbows, or any color in them

This is the anniversary of the day the world lost the great talent that was Jim Henson. One of my very favorite muppet moments was when Kermit sings “Rainbow Connection”, which you can listen to here on YouTube.

And for those of you who may have forgotten all  seven colors of the rainbow, think ROY G. BIV:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. 😉

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seek on high bare trails
sky-reflecting violets…
mountain-top jewels

— Basho



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 4

May 4 prompt: weather

We’re all weather watchers here in Portland. In an effort to vary our daily forecast, our local weatherman has come up with all sorts of euphemisms for the word  “rain”: mist, showers, sprinkles, chance of precipitation, low clouds… However, today’s forecast calls for sun. 🙂

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Lightning–
and in the dark
the screech of a night heron.

— Basho



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