Fireflies

Try to choose a favorite haiku or tanka and tell us why you do like it and try to write/compose an all new haiku or tanka.

Here is my choice.

Fukuda Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo) (福田 千代尼; 1703 – 2 October 1775) was a Japanese poet of the Edo period, widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets.

kawa bakari
yami wa nagarete
hotaru kana

the only river
where darkness flows:
fireflies (Chiyo-ni)

Why I like it?  The imagery that came to me was that it had to truly be a heavy swarm of fireflies to give the image of a ‘glowing flow’. I looked up ‘swarms of fireflies’. Its a mating ritual. How relatable is that? Putting our best foot forward in the hopes of attracting a mate.

The following haiku was inspired by Chiyo-ni’s haiku

(A rewrite)

dark of night

earthbound stars twinkle –

fireflies

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whirlpool in the creek
the colors
of autumn

PR

8/22/15

For other responses follow link below.
http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/08/carpe-diem-utabukuro-8.html?m=1

Yellow Nile

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Photo credit: Yellow Nile

Yellow Nile Blue Nile
White Nile – by every other name
The Nile from antiquity
Still influencing cultures

Pat R

8/22/15

Post in response to Carpe Diem Haiku Prompt, for other responses and further reading on the prompt follow link below

 http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/08/carpe-diem-804-yellow-nile-wadi-howar.html?m=1

Lake Tana

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Islands of Lake Tana
a place for oneness with faith
on sacred sites

Pat R

8/22/15

For further reading on this prompt from Carpe Diem Haiku please follow link below

 http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2015/08/carpe-diem-803-lake-tana.html?m=1