pillow haiku


Today at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai were are challenged to write a new haiku inspired by one written by Buson

sleep with “daki kago”!
as with a one-night harlot at Fushimi
exchanging lover’s talks

© Yosa Buson


waking in the dark
clutching a lumpy pillow
no comfort found

© Candace Kubinec

Heavenly Scent Troiku


heavenly scent of
cherry blossoms linger
after her bath


heavenly scent of
plum blossom wafts past window
on evening breeze

cherry blossoms linger
on the winding pathway home
as daylight fades

after her bath
she smooths her moistened skin
with fragrant herbs

High School Cool

She wasn’t a cheer
leader or even a
wanna-be on
the Pep Squad but
she never missed a
game and yelled when
the home team scored
like the cool girls
and wore the blue and
silver school colors
like the cool girls
her hair was long
and straight
like the cool girls
and it was years before
she realized she was
cooler than the cool girls

At the Fair with Rod


Come with me to the sea
Where ferris wheels spin lovers
To the stars and Merry-go-round
Steeds gallop around the world

We’ll dip our toes into the waves
Feed french fries to the sea gulls
Then trace each other’s lips
With cotton candy fingers

I’ll toss rings until I win
The biggest prize for you
The big black bear with a red
Ribbon tied in a bow around its neck

Let’s have our pictured snapped
In a booth, making funny faces
Smiling with goofy grins, kissing
So we will remember in old age

Follow me to the water’s edge
We’ll spread a blanket on the sand
And feast on hot dogs until dark
Then wrapped in sun-warmed arms

Dream until tomorrow comes