I really wanted to feature William Blake’s “A Poison Tree” today as that is a poem which has stayed with me over the years. However, since I could not come up with a satisfactory inspired poem, I have decided to go with the master of haiku for my B post, Matsuo Basho.

This is arguably the most famous haiku of all time

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

– Basho

and my favorite translation

An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

For my inspired poetry today, I have chosen to simply write a haiku. As I understand, a traditional haiku follows many rules. Some of the rules are the 5-7-5 scheme, non-rhyming, being an direct observer of nature and using a ‘season’ word. The haiku I have written I believe is applicable to all seasons currently, though leaning towards mourning the loss of nature than celebrating it.

my city eyes have
lost a billion stars, down I
see a thousand lights

– Namratha Varadharajan


Where ever you are, share with me today what do you see when you look up at the sky?

B for Matsuo Basho, poem: haiku – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z
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