Haiku In Haste

In yesterday’s post I mentioned an old Japanese haiku legend about the haikai master, Saikaku: he supposedly composed 23,500 verses in 24 hours. So I compose an hour’s worth of verses myself. Here are a few “looking out my window” haiku:

in my garden
an unwanted rooter
pig weed

north wind this morning
the scarecrow sheds his flowered shirt
for a white pullover

two dozen sparrows
cling to the caraganas
ornamental visitors

Image by GLady at Pixabay

14 thoughts on “Haiku In Haste

  1. re:

    north wind this morning
    the scarecrow sheds his flowered shirt
    for a white pullover

    I do like a sparser version of :

    north wind
    the scarecrow sheds
    his flowered shirt

    Or going by the traditional Japanese route of haiku in a single line:

    north wind the scarecrow sheds his flowered shirt

    While the West has so many rules about haiku, sometimes we should go Japanese instead! 🙂

    warm regards,
    Alan

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    1. Thank you. Perhaps, to keep more in form, I should have used “guests” instead of the longer word visitors. Nevertheless, I refer to people ready to hang around and partake but do nothing to help. The sparrows in our yard are very eager for the treats and leave a mess behind. 🙂

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    1. I don’t think so! 🙂
      Besides, I have other fish to fry. I spend a good half-hour this morning with a pencil, reproducing the picture you posted on your blog a few days ago. the yacht sailing into the inlet, with the ocean in the background. Only I moved the round whatever-it-was to the left shore and added a house in its place. Artistic license? Now maybe I should draw it on canvas and paint it. 🙂

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      1. Wow, I’m honoured! I’d love to see it. The round building is one of 70 or so Martello Towers built along our coast in the early 1800s to defend England from an invasion by Napolean – France is just a short distance across the sea. They each had a cannon perched on top! What you can’t see is the most hideous block of apartments recently built a short distance away!

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      2. Of course wherever there’s a lovely view there has to be a block of apartments go up. 🙂
        I took yet more artistic liberty in my sketch and in the foreground I drew a walkway down to the shore. At present it’s just a rough pencil sketch, but maybe I’ll copy it on canvas and paint it. These days I’m eager to paint so much. “Obsessive,” I think they call it. 🙂

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