Fragile #haiku


eda moroshi   hi toshi yaburu    aki no kaze

fragile twigs
breaking off the scarlet papers
autumn winds

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

‘Toshi’ refers to a very fragile paper made in China. The idea of the poem was that even a fragile twig could tear the paper or the twigs were too fragile to hold on to the Autumn leaves.

I think of an old book

had been read for many ages

so aged, yellow and ripped

as I turned the pages

the words I embraced

for a final time they were read

final dust in my fingertips

 open book

A tree long ago

autumn winds flurry through text

words fragile as twigs

Fragile Twigs – a fine prompt from Kristjaan at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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16 thoughts on “Fragile #haiku

  1. This is so beautiful Leslie 🙂 loved the comparison of “words fragile as twigs” 😀
    Thought that was really deep! ❤

    Lots of love
    Sanaa

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  2. A tree long ago
    autumn winds flurry through text
    words fragile as twigs

    I just had to reproduce your haiku in my comment Leslie. What a wonderful haiku you have written. A nice little story about how trees become paper … and your words are so true. I have never looked at a book like you have done in your haiku … awesome.
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful haiku with CDHK.

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