Saturday, December 03, 2016

Drifting flowers

As winter approaches, I often think of the flowers of past springs and summers,
like this one. It bloomed from a hanging basket in my backyard. 
I won't get back to cover it this winter, but it will make it through unless
the winter in California is extra severe.

the falling flower 
I saw drift back to the branch 
Basho, 1644-94

Basho is one of the greatest haiku poets!
And the flowers of springtime, 
especially cherry blossoms,
are favored subjects of all the great haijin.

Your task tonight is to think about a flower--
now that winter is coming--
and write a three-line poem
in 17 syllables or less. 

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