with hand on its trunk haiga

Linked to Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #21, where our task was to write a classical haiku in the same spirit as this one from Yosa Buson:

I came to the cherry blossoms;
I slept beneath them;
This was my leisure

©Yosa Buson

Here is our host’s haiku:

finally dreams come true
just one peaceful spring night-
blossoms of cherry bloom


My response:

with hand on its trunk
i sense life in the cherry –
blossoms, quickening

For those of you who are new to Carpe Diem and/or Classical Haiku, here are the guidelines:

*     5-7-5 syllables;
*     a season word (kigo);
*     a cutting word or punctuation (“kireji”);
*     interchangeable first and third line;
*     deeper spiritual meaning

I love this song and chose it for this post because of its laid-back feeling – but, in actuality, the lyrics are very sad:  “I look up as I walk / so that the tears won’t fall / remembering those spring days / but I am all alone tonight.”

And … “The title Sukiyaki, a Japanese hot pot dish, has nothing to do with the lyrics or the meaning of the song; the word served the purpose only because it was short, catchy, recognizably Japanese, and more familiar to most English speakers. A Newsweek columnist noted that the re-titling was like issuing ‘Moon River’ in Japan under the title ‘Beef Stew’’.

cherry 6


10 thoughts on “with hand on its trunk (haiga)

  1. What a fantastic photo – is it yours? If so, then spring must certainly have got its house in order in Peeay, eventually 🙂

    And I’ll walk blithely by any possible hidden haiku meanings…..


  2. What a happy ku! Love those blossoms! And the Moon River Sukiyaki is an interesting addition! I used to listen to that when I was very very young!!!! 😀


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