Today I did my best to write, in form and spirit, to mirror a another poet’s haiku. I was going to skip this challenge, but with a good night’s sleep I realized the beauty in the original work and couldn’t resist giving it a try.
The original work, ‘In the Teabowl’ (by Kikusha-Ni):
in the teabowl
this motion of the clouds
of ‘Little Spring’
My work follows in separate haiku. They’re intended to stand alone from one another with each being a new attempt to emulate what I saw or felt when I reflected on Kikusha-Ni’s work.
Upon the Lake
Serene lake mirrors
White clouds floating through water
Misplaced taste of spring
Coffee cup windows
Gently introduce daylight
Greeting skies of spring
Touch of New Seasons
Reflecting the clouds
Souls stirred by whispering wind
Touching new seasons
I interpreted the original poem as a quiet and introspective reflection upon the day. To me, clouds represented the fleeting thoughts and emotions that struck the author as they enjoyed the ‘little spring’, a misplaced season of warmth in the midst of winter. In my own haiku, I tried to capture the original meaning in new words. I’m not sure which I like best, but I tend to gravitate toward those where I can read more subtle meaning.
Special thanks go to Carpe Diem for their wonderful prompt that inspired this work.