Pollarded

pale birch trunks
once stark winter skeletons
shimmer in the light –
leaves flame in gold and green
blazing through dappled shade

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Pollarded

My response to Carpe Diem’s Writing and Enjoying Haiku #2 no rules

I missed the first episode of the new feature for the ‘weekend-meditation’, which  Chèvrefeuille started two weeks ago. This week he has told us more about ‘no rules’ in haiku.

Basho once said “Now you know the rules, forget them immediately and write from the heart”. Chèvrefeuille has challenged us to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form, without thinking about the rules:  no 5-7-5 onji rule or kigo rule. We are free to choose whatever theme we want and should just enjoy writing haiku right from the heart. I wrote my tanka after watching tree surgeons at work in our garden this weekend. 

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