Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *James A. Emanuel (1921-2013) “jazz-haiku”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars is an American poet James A. Emanuel and his four haiku, written about Mahalia Jackson:

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« I sing the LORD’S songs »
(psalms once tough to stay alive,
alarm clock on five).

Cinnamon cheeks, Lord,
cornbread smile. SONGS feed your ribs
when you’re hungry, chile.

Washboard certainties,
soldierly grace, text and style
in her brimming face.

Your hand on your heart,
her voice in your ear: pilgrim,
rest easy. Sit here.

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I tried not to wander too far from the same mood and spirit while writing mine:

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smoothly seducing
from the stage in a downtown bar
the sounds of his trumpet

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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *John Stevenson’s “the train”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars are haiku, written by John Stevenson:

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the train picks up speed,
in a paper coffee cup
concentric waves

the river always
out there in the dark
late train home

coming home
on the train
… the backyards

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I tried not to wander too far from the same mood and spirit while writing mine:

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crumpled handkerchief
on shiny railroad tracks
departing train

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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *Tomas Tranströmer’s “Inner Voice”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars is a haiku, written by a Swedish writer, poet and translator Tomas Tranströmer:

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a scene on the platform.
what a strange calm –
the inner voice

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I tried not to wander too far from the same mood and spirit when writing mine:

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trying to silence
the inner voice in tavern
-a cup of saké

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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *Jack Kerouac’s “The Summer Chair”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars are haiku, written by a poet of French-Canadian heritage Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). From all the haiku, chosen by our host Chèvrefeuille, the following one felt the most powerful to me:

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The summer chair
rocking by itself
In the blizzard

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I tried to stay close to the same mood and spirit when writing mine:

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shivering
in the garden hammock
a raindrop

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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *Basho’s “the autumn full moon”*

This week the source of inspiration on Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars is a haiku, written by the haiku master Matsuo Basho:

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the autumn full moon:
all night long
I paced round the lake.

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I tried to stay close to the same mood and spirit when writing mine:

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after storm
on maple’ s bare branches
only full moon

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reaching up
eager to touch the moon
even mountain top

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up all night
howling at the moon
neighbour’ s dog

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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars *Frogpond*

There is a new feature on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, where a masterpiece by one of the classic haiku poets is a source of our inspiration to compose a haiku. This time it is a well known haiku by Matsuo Basho:
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the old pond (-)
a frog jumps in
sound of water

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Here’ s mine where I try to follow these classical rules:
1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. a kigo (or seasonword)
3. a kireji (or cutting word, in Western languages mostly interpunction)
4. a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
5. a deeper meaning (could be Zen-Buddhistic or other spiritual or religious thought)
6. and the first and the third line are interchangeable.

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tea ceremony
among swishing kimonos
a glimpse of pale wrist

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