Carpe Diem Special *Autumn “this harvest moon” by Chiyo-Ni*

Our inspiration on Carpe Diem Special this week is a haiku, written by Chiyo-Ni – one of the most known female haiku poets:

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this harvest moon –
as I part the snow by stepping on it
the sound of stones

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This is what came to my mind after reading hers:

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parting droplets of sweat
on our entangled bodies
this harvest moon

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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 Haiku *Chiyo-Ni “Morning Glories”*

Haiku poet Chiyo-Ni has written several haiku about Morning Glories and a few of them today are our source of inspiration on Carpe Diem:

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morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

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morning glories —
awakened
in the middle of a dream

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morning glory –
the truth is
the flower hates people

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Now it’ s my turn to write haiku, trying to stay close to the same mood and spirit:

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reaching towards
kisses of the sun
morning glory

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silky petals unfold
glistening along the curves
tiny beads of dew

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