Earth Song Haiku

song of yellow lands

praising the gift from nature

tales of life and death

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born of soil and stones

destined to complete circle

return to the earth

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a worm creeps outside

from within the hole in soil

nurtured in the earth

* For Carpe Diem # 269.

Cicadas Haiku

with prominent eyes

cicada hums a love song

debut performance

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wears a bow of love

aiming for suitable mate

drums beat in stomach

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a resurrection

its time to born once again

mother earth tears up

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limbs sweat profusely

heat seeps into the body

hear cicadas’ sing

* The third haiku is based on the fact that some cicadas can lay dormant for as long as 17 years in the womb of the mother earth and one day comes when they come out again in their usual demeanor, which has become a symbol of resurrection.

* It was difficult for me to write haiku about an insect I haven’t got to see and listen to much. I have just faint memories of listening to the singing insects; so can’t be sure whether they were cicadas or not.  Written in response of Carpe Diem # 232.

Takenoko/Bamboo Shoots Haiku

going up and up

reaching for eternity

rigid, tall and straight

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evergreen bamboo

shoots cut down and thinly sliced

boiled, to feast upon

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survival circles

displayed around the body

every few inches

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ward off the evil

takenoko surrounding

lonely Shinto shrine

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wet and slippery

showered in the morning rain

a bamboo-poet writes

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a childish cutter

gash shining stalk of bamboo

emerge moon goddess

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shedding those gold tears

watching in pain, her moon world

born from bamboo stalk

* Written for Carpe Diem # 217 Takenoko/Bamboo Shoots

* The last two haiku are derived from a Japanese folktale; The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. I came to know about it in a Japanese cartoon show once.