Haiku: White Wisteria.

Today Frank hosts the dVerse Poets Pub. He is asking for brevity as in Japanese poetic forms of haiku and tanka. All haiku must have a seasonal reference (kigo) but not necessarily a syllable count of 5-7-5. Haiku and tanka are not given titles. If it does not have a seasonal reference, it is a senryu.

 

white wisteria –
ghosts in the trees weeping with
the misty spring rain

 

woodblock by Kono Bairei 1844-1895

47 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Gospel Isosceles
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 15:17:09

    White wisteria, a beautiful two-word phrase. One sees weeping without having to even say it, really. And tanka and haiku aren’t given titles? Never knew!

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  3. Glenn Buttkus
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 15:17:34

    A perfect capture–chilling & thrilling & visceral; smile

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  4. Swan
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 15:20:55

    Gorgeous.

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  5. kim881
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 15:23:11

    I’ve never seen white wisteria and the image is just so beautiful, Toni; it complements the gorgeous haiku, complete with alliteration.

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  6. Frank Hubeny
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 15:24:14

    I like the woodcut and the idea of ghosts weeping in the rain.

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  7. whippetwisdom
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 15:34:46

    I love the ghostly image of white wisteria you create here Toni, it has a very meditative feel to it xxx

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  8. Jane Dougherty
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 16:14:34

    Thank you for reminding me it will soon be wisteria time. Lovely!

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  9. lillian
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 17:15:38

    Absolutely stunningly gorgeous! You have such a gift with the simplicity of a haiku – which is anything but simple to achieve!

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  10. Mary (tqhousecat)
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 17:56:00

    Beautiful!

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  11. Waltermarks
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 18:25:20

    How appropriate, ghosts are indeed weeping at this time

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  12. ladynyo
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 20:38:33

    Lovely, evocative haiku. White wisteria….I have lavender, but white is superb. As is your haiku.

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  13. Arcadia Maria
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 20:49:08

    Lovely haiku

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  14. rothpoetry
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 23:00:03

    I like the way you combined ghosts with weeping!
    Dwigth

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  15. paul scribbles
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 04:58:08

    Beautifully evocative

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  16. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 06:22:19

    Beautifully visual

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  17. memadtwo
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 06:56:14

    A beautiful pairing. (K)

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  18. Laura Bloomsbury
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 08:41:56

    some lovely pairings in this excellent haiku – misty/ghosts; weeping/rain etc

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  19. georgeplace2013
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:23:54

    lovely verse, lovely wisteria

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  20. Namratha Varadharajan
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 11:33:23

    Beautifully done

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  21. lynn__
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 15:10:25

    You’ve captured the grief in this exquisite haiku!

    Forgive me, Toni…haiku/tanka on my blog are always “entitled”, although I know that is outside the rule.

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  22. Sarah Russell
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 01:01:09

    I visited Monet’s gardens at Giverny last summer. The white wisteria was just as you described it. Breathtaking!

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  23. Singledust
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 03:31:05

    yes they do look like ghostly apparitions! I love how you write the haiku with so much grace and your explanation before hand was very informative, i am still struggling with them all and good to have pointers to stay on course. maybe my Tanka for this prompt became a senryu as it wasn’t seasonal just diurnal and had a title! but know what i am so glad to be learning from all of you, its a very encouraging community, ughh have blabbered on yet again. so much for brevity! but your haiku is very exquisite Toni. hope all is going well for you. blessings!

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    • kanzensakura
      Feb 18, 2018 @ 17:59:39

      A tanka is just a tanka and doesn’t have to have a seasonal reference. It originally started out as love poems – the ladies of the Japanese and their lovers would write elaborate poems to each other, extolling each other’s prowess or beauty! and yes, things are going well for me. I hope they are for you as well. 🙂

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      • Singledust
        Feb 18, 2018 @ 23:17:21

        thanks Toni! its good to have a deeper understanding of the form. things are ok here and so glad to know you have been keeping well. I recall you mentioning going back to studies and was thinking of that.

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  24. Mish
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 10:38:20

    Beautiful in cadence and texture of words.

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  25. annell4
    Feb 18, 2018 @ 13:56:41

    Perfect!! Yes, the blossoms of white wisteria are certainly wistful, and yes, maybe even sorrowful. I love this.

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  26. Timelesslady
    May 02, 2018 @ 09:38:31

    Lovely images…my wisteria is has had a lot of moments of mist this Spring, but today, the sun is shining and the fragrance is wafting all around me in the breeze.

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  27. Tara Gaines
    May 09, 2018 @ 14:19:48

    I love the alliteration.

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