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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Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars

Carpe Diem Goes Back to Its Roots

Carpe Diem host Chèvrefeuille from time to time invites us to return to where it all began – the roots of haiku, remembering the classical rules of writing it:
1. Describe a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water; so present tense;
2. 5-7-5 syllables;
3. Use a kigo (or seasonword);
4. Use a kireji (or cuttingword);
5. Sometimes a deeper spiritual or Zen-Buddhistic meaning;
6. First and third line are interchangeable and last but not least
7. No Self, avoid personal or possessive pronouns (I, me, my); it’s an experience not how the poet feels about it.

Here I go:

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last bloom of orchid
serene beauty fills the room
emptiness is full

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special

Daily Prompt: Silence Is Full Of Music…


Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety
to life and to everything. /Plato/

I remember the little boy August in the movie “August Rush” said: “The music is all around us, all you have to do is listen.” And I do listen. I think it’ s fair to say I always have because it has been around me for ages. In one way or another, in one time or another but there. If you think that children whose parents (one or both) are somehow “connected” to music don’ t end up in a music school sooner or later, well…let me just tell you the probability is high. And I did. My mum, a violin teacher, can be quite persuasive when she wants to. So from the age of 5 for 8 years I sang, played the piano, learned about the difference between instruments, styles of music, composers, rhythms, tempos and listened, listened, listened. To so (too?!) much of classical music that after graduating I managed to stay away from it for quite some time. True, I jumped into something different – being a radio moderator for a radio that never played a single classical piece. Ever. And I loved it! There I learned to find something interesting in almost every kind of music and it still always is around me. Through the last 10 years I have found my way back to the classical music of different centuries as well. It’ s difficult to explain why but then not everything in life should be explained either. I guess at some point we just return to where it all has begun…

It would be…natural and logical to round this up with some sounds, wouldn’ t it? If I wouldn’ t have already shared Samuel Barber’ s “Adagio For Strings” before, I would most definitely do it now. Since I have, there’ s something else I will go with. Still mentioned before but their musical creations always lighten up my mood and inspire. Yes, The Piano Guys. Reminding me in their own way about Ludwig van Beethoven. Enjoy!

PS: And here is my Magnificent Seven playlist I made some time ago A Beautiful Mess

Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece