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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, September 12th 2018 “unfinished”

Dear friends of MLMM,

A new week, a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … I have a very busy week so I have made it myself a little bit easier than I mostly do. Maybe you know the famous classical haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694).

Basho has written around 1000 haiku in his lifetime, all in my opinion wonderful, but recently I ran into an “unfinished” haiku of Basho. I love to challenge you this week to create the third, missing, line and than write a haibun with that completed haiku in it. Your haibun may have a maximum of 150 words (including the completed haiku).

Here is that unfinished haiku:

missing a wife
putting on bamboo grass

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

I will give you my attempt to complete this unfinished haiku by Basho:

missing a wife
the bamboo grass dives under –
wise men’s gathering (*)

(*) refers to the “The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove”, a group of Chinese scholars and poets in the mid third century,very similar with what Henry Thoreau describes in his “Walden, Life in the Woods”.

Have fun!

When you have written your haiku, please TAG Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.


About Chèvrefeuille

I am a Dutch haiku poet. And I am the owner and host of the weblog "Carpe Diem, a daily haiku meme" on Blogger (or Blogspot). I am writing haiku since the late eighties and in 2005 I became an international known haiku poet and in 2011 ten of my haiku were included in a worldwide anthology "Spasms of Light". With that anthology I became an even more known haiku poet. In October 2012 I started my daily haiku meme.

8 comments on “Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, September 12th 2018 “unfinished”

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  4. Suzanne
    September 13, 2018

    I like the way you have finished the haiku. Maybe I’m missing something but I can’t see the Mr Linky widget. Here’s a link to my response to your prompt – https://beinginnatureblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/bashos-unfinished-haiku/

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  6. Jules
    September 13, 2018

    I had a little fun creating a twisty story;
    single again

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  8. revivedwriter
    September 14, 2018

    This poem doesn’t actually fit your prompt, but it was still inspired by your post.

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