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Friday, July 24, 2009

Frogs and........ haiku.

My seed trays come in very handy for making a comfortable resting place. When he left, there was a small frog-shaped indentation in the soil. :)

Speaking of frogs..... here's a beautiful haiku by Japanese haiku master, Basho:

old pond........
a frog leaps in
water's sound
(Basho ~ a long time ago)

Only a few words but it creates a scene vividly. So I wrote my own haiku about a frog......

a sudden movement
hops across my patio

a lovely fat frog

(Lesley ~ March 2005)

The syallabic count for haiku is fairly structured and I know mine doesn't quite fit perfectly but it's so enjoyable thinking up these 'picture poems' without worrying about strict form.

Here's one I wrote about one of my favourite creatures, the snail......

moving forward
by faith, one step at a time
quite fast for a snail
(Lesley ~ March 2005)

Near where I live there's a big old house surrounded by rusty iron railings. It's particularly pretty in early Spring when the grounds are covered in drifts of aconites.......

drifts of ochre
Spring's firstborn jewel

the Aconite

(Lesley ~ March 2005)

That year I was clearing a neglected garden for somone when I encountered a tiny flower thriving amongst the overgrown grass.......

amidst the debris
old rusty cans and brambles
one golden crocus

(Lesley ~ March 2005)

We had heavy falls of snow that March, hence this tanka about the little crocus........

it's lost now
in games of hide and seek
under the snow

syllables gone awry

brain numbed with the cold
turn a blind eye

(Lesley ~ March 2005)

(Haiku: Japanese short poetry of 17 syllables with the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5
Tanka: Japanese verse form of 31 syllables ~ five lines with a syllabic pattern 5-7-5-7-7)

I haven't kept any of my writing either before or after these, so I must have thought they were quite acceptable..... despite the undisciplined structure. :)

One of my favourite drawings by our daughter


  1. Lovely Lesley! I must look into Japanese short poetry. Short lines can say so much sometimes and yours certainly conjure up vivid and colourful images.

  2. Lesley,

    Those are great poems; all of them. You do a book with photos and poetry.


  3. Thank you Greenfingers. I really enjoy Haiku, especially as it's nature orientated. A good book to look out for is "The Haiku Handbook" (How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku) by William J. Higginson with Penny Harter, and there's lots to be googled as well.

    I'm glad you enjoyed them Ian. I may well consider your suggestion! Thank you.

    Thanks for visiting, both of you. You've just made my Saturday that much better!

  4. Wow, Lesley. I love your Haikus. I am not surprised that you are a poet. Gardens are one form of poetry.

    Thank you for warming my heart today.

  5. Haiku is perfect for gardening. I love to keep my garden neat and orderly like a haiku poem.

  6. Thank you Ss! I've been along working in Billy and Martin's garden most of today... in amongst the snails, worms, ants, frogs and millipedes, etc. Who could be lonely in a garden?! :O)

    Hi Hit40. :) I try to keep our garden tidy but fall far from the mark.... and our dogs bring whole eco systems into the house via their hairy coats! I give up. lol And you're right.... haiku is a lovely formal type of poetry just like a beautiful formal garden.