Linked to Carpe Diem Utabukuro (which means ‘poem bag’). The idea of this first-ever prompt is to share a haiku you admire, explain why you admire the haiku, and then write a haiku inspired by it. ◊
The following haiku is actually the hokku in a renga sequence written by Bonchō and Bashō, and it speaks to me today:
Ichinaka wa / mono no nioi ya / natsu no tsuki
Amid the city
what a smell of things!
The summer moon
(Tr. Peipei Qiu, Bashō and the Dao)
The haiku is deceptively simple. It involves scent – but it allows you to imagine what the city smells like. And – there is a tremendous juxtaposition between the complex and (possibly not so beautiful) city and the simple, pure beauty of the summer moon.
in a swirl of exhaust –
one sycamore, pale