Claude Monet. Haystacks (Sunset), 1891. WikiArt.

Claude Monet. Haystacks (Sunset), 1891. WikiArt.

sun-blinded –
the autumn fields dissolve
into blue dots

weary from labor –
an uncomfortable seat
in the hay stubble

autumn sunset –
the field-workers sneeze
behind the hay

Linked to Carpe Diem #660: Impressions, where our task was to write a haiku inspired by our impressions of Claude Monet’s Haystacks (Sunset).  (We will be looking at Impressionism as a Haiku technique in February.)

As you know, Impressionism was a movement in the 1870s and 1880s, in which artists included “relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.”   (Source)

The term “impressionism” was coined by Louis Leroy – he meant the term as an insult.  It was taken from Claude Monet’s “Impression, Sunrise”.

Claude Monet.  Impression, Sunrise, 1872. Wikimedia.

Claude Monet. Impression, Sunrise, 1872.

Here is our host Chèvrefeuille’s impression of the haystack painting:

in the faint light
of the departing sun –
a sedge warbler sings

More on Claude Monet



15 thoughts on “sun-blinded (haiku)

  1. Coincidentally, in the email I just sent across the pond I mentioned how I envy your “photographers eye” when it comes to writing haiku. And the first poem here is a perfect case in point: not simply an observation of the scene, but of an optical effect on the scene – beautifully and simply captured.


    • Wow — what an awesome comment, Blake –! Thank you 🙂
      I’d been trying to merge the painterly with the real-life — it’s good to know it worked out. 🙂


  2. Oh cool … I’ve not been at CDHK yet, what a lovely prompt and thanks for first of all your great haiku and then the background about impressionism, my favorite artistic period … and I really was so happy when Chèvrefeuille brought up the fact that haiku is more impressionism than a snapshot of a situation … way fun!!!


    • Way fun indeed! And much better to give an impression than a snapshot. The snapshot isn’t the point, is it? Unless it’s a really unusual situation, a snapshot is sort of “so what”.

      Glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s