It was a tradition for the literate Japanese (monks and Samurai for example) to write death poems shortly before their anticipated death or battle. With the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn, we see changes as the seasons of spring and summer end. All things pass.
This is not a morbid subject at all. It is rather, an exercise in fiction writing for me. Although the “death poem of a Samurai”, it is “written” by a fictional Samurai character I have created, but based on a real person. I have been working on this for some time and this is the debut of this poem. I have chosen to buck the tradition a bit and have composed this using three Japanese poetic forms -I) haiku II) tanka III) senryu
I am presenting this at today’s Open Link event at d’Verse Poetics pub. I hope you enjoy. Please visit us today to read all the different poems linked. Open Link is a non-prompted event and so many excellent poets link their varied poems. Come and link one of your own! Here is the link to d’Verse: http://dversepoets.com/2015/09/17/open-link-night/
how brief the blossoms
of the cherry tree – their
lives end at sunset.
snow falling at dawn –
melting flakes gone before day –
bare branches feel them
drift through skeletal fingers –
birds sleep as they fall.
cherry blossom moon
holds back the night sky – my night
will conquer that moon.