the poet’s craft (troibun)

© Clr ’15

In the past few years she has been altering her way of meditating. Rather than consciously searching for  a quiet place to tune out for a few minutes, writing waka (Japanese poetry) has entered her life and added to another way of musing.

Her thoughts and feelings about a day, an event and especially about nature has become welcoming moments of contemplation. It is also a wonderful way to detach from the busyness of a day and look more carefully under a few layers and truly reflect within. Nature seems to have that effect in bringing out those hidden layers and connecting with nature.


simmering thoughts
swell of the current
the river flows

simmering thoughts
after a long winter’s slumber
tulips breaking ground

swell of the current
rolls off the tip
a poet’s tongue

the river flows
spilling over waves
in verse


Kim Russell is the guest writer and runner up of the Cherry Blossom kukai who wrote:

pink sakura blush
spring’s kimono falls to earth
silk snatched by a breeze

© Kim Russell

Check out her beautiful piece at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai where she writes about  ‘the poet’s craft'” and creates a series of beautiful haiku and tanka.  For this meme, the theme she leaves us with is to reflect on our own experiences as haiku and tanka poets.

8 thoughts on “the poet’s craft (troibun)”

  1. I like the layers of meaning in your haiku. I found the second haiku particularly thought provoking. I like the idea of poems being underground during the dark of winter then bursting forth in the spring.


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