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.

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crescent moon

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 6

Back to today’s prompt: “write a left or right poem”.  The guest prompter was Walt Wojtanik.

crescent moon
things I thought
I’d left behind

“Crescent moon” is an autumn kigo. Interestingly, I thought it would be easier to use kigo from The Haiku Handbook, by William Higginson and Penny Harter, than come up with my own. Turns out it is more difficult, due to the non-haiku nature of many of the Poetic Asides prompts. Still, I think I’ll stick with it– more of a challenge! More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.