Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku by … *Chiyo-Ni’s “butterfly’ s dream”*

It is not easy to choose my favourite haiku, written by one of the most known female haiku poets – Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775), but I gave it a try. Why the following one? Because with that graceful feminine touch only Chiyo-Ni has she once again brings me closer to nature. Or nature closer to me. She makes me hold my breath, to notice and treasure more than meets the eye. There’ s something so real in that moment, caught in her haiku, yet so volatile as well. You know…the feeling of almost being afraid to blink not to miss the moment when a butterfly dreams…

a dandelion
now and then interrupting
the butterfly’s dream

Here’ s what I wrote, inspired by Chiyo-Ni’ s haiku:

plum blossoms
snowflake turns into
butterfly

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Moritake’s “a fallen flower”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku by a Japanese poet Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) and our goal is to add a second stanza to it. Here I go:

a fallen flower
flew back to its perch
                                            a  butterfly                      (Moritake)

careless in sunlit meadow
                      cat’ s nap uninterrupted           (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Haiku *Use That Quote ‘Leonardo da Vinci’*

“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?” – this it the quote by Leonardo da Vinci our Carpe Diem host Chèvrefeuille has chosen to inspire us to write haiku of our own. Here’ s mine:

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lace of butterfly’ s wings
caterpillar keeps dreaming
hopeful cocoon

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Yes, I really couldn’t resist attaching this video – it always makes me smile and keep believing in dreams.