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Shady dreams - a Haiku

The prompt of this episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai's 'On The Trail With Basho' is to write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as this haiku of Basho's.

a bush warbler
has dropped his hat
a camellia

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Kristjaan, the host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai explains - "In old (classic) poems there was a phrase about the bush warbler stitching a hat from plum blossoms. Basho changed the hat to a camellia and had the bird dropping it... Maybe you lost your hat in a storm or something, so also the bush warbler could lose his hat in the storm or dropping it."

So, the haiku that follows is

a gust of wind
a hat tolls around and around -
camellia flower

© Chèvrefeuille

As I imagined this weird scenario of Bush Warbler wearing a Camelia Hat and then losing it, I thought the Warbler must be now dreaming of the shade the Hat had provided.


Warbler stares
at wobbling camelias
-shady dreams

What I have written is very unlike me and I felt a little crazy writing it too. But I think the prompt called for it. So there :)

Prompt by and Shared with -
Carpe Diem's On The Trail With Basho Encore #10 a bush warbler


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