Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #22 double entendre (double meaning)

flower bows and sways
honeybee hangs on for the ride
lost in the rhythm
of the wind



Double Entendres defined: (yep, I looked it up) :-
a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.
synonyms:ambiguity, double meaning, innuendo,play on words

…And I found the word I was looking for –

As with all poetry I think, it is what it is to the reader.

Inspired by:

An example by Jane Reichhold:

touching each other
at the river

And this written by our host-

“….Maybe you can remember the haiku in which Basho refers to a certain part of the male body as he wrote about “morningglory”, that haiku is an example of this HWT “double entendre”:

ought one laugh or cry
when my Morning Glory
withers up

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)…”

For Carpe Diem Haiku

Washing My Feet

IMG_9884 down creek

Post in response to Carpe Diem Haiku Prompt: washing my feet

 On The Trail With Basho Encore 3, washing my feet

ashi arote   tsui ake yasuki   maro ne kana

washing my feet
I fall asleep for the short night
with my clothes on

© Basho

Our host’s attempt:

at dawn
I wash my feet with dew
the longest day

My attempt:

washing my feet
in chilly mountain creek
first day of summer



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Star Festival

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #87, Basho’s “for the Star Festival

“….On the seventh day of the seventh month, now celebrated on July 7, is Tanabata (“Star Festival”)…”
“… On a summer night, considered by the Japanese as the beginning of autumn, in this hemisphere, these are the two brightest stars seen directly overhead. If it rains the lovers cannot meet…”
My inspiration came from the above.

Our host’s attempt:

for the Star Festival
even  hearts cannot meet
rainy-rapture   (Basho)

after a while the clouds move
finally the lovers can meet each other

My attempt:

for the Star Festival
even  hearts cannot meet
rainy-rapture   (Basho)

love notes written to pass time
wants this seventh day to end



For further reading on the prompt please follow this link


IMG_0317 blackbird of crow

Post in response to Prompt from Carpe Diem Haiku

Carpe Diem #724 a wandering crow

a wandering crow
its old nest has become
a plum tree

(c) Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold

My attempt:

a wandering crow
looking for food in garbage
stops as I get close



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