Kikaku’s “The beggar! – A Carpe Diem Haiku Special

What better way to start a day completing a short verse written by Takarai Kikaku, a contemporary and disciple of Matsuo Basho, in haiku form.  Carpe Diem’s host, Chevrefeuille, mentions the haiku should flow “in the same tone, sense and spirit as one by Kikaku.”

A challenge for sure but doing hard first thing in the morning is good for the soul so they say.

First, words by Master Takarai Kikaku:

the beggar!
he has heaven and earth
for his summer clothes

I humbly follow with two haiku:

Homeless stray
It joins a shared meal

Seasons change
Shift nurse checks vitals
Two beggars wait

dog beggingI missed the deadline on this special haiku but you can read all the entries here or join in the daily haiku for the day:  Carpe Diem Special – Kikaku’s, “The beggar.

Thank you and have a great day!

12 thoughts on “Kikaku’s “The beggar! – A Carpe Diem Haiku Special

  1. munchow says:

    Great follow-up of the master. My favourite is your first haiku. Sets the tone and the mood in a lovely – and thoughtful – way. Tells the story of both sadness and joy.


    • Sunshine says:

      Thanks, Otto. After thought, I should have explained before the second haiku, how the beggar found himself in poor health while his dog companion waited for his return. As always, I appreciate your feedback. 🙂 ☼HUGS!


  2. Kozo Hattori says:

    Love it, Sunshine. Your haikus remind me of the story of the Japanese dog who waited for his master at the subway station for years—Hachiko. Bet you Chuckles has this connection with his master. {{{hugs}}} Kozo


    • Sunshine says:

      i love that movie with Richard Gere. makes you cry when you see the dog waiting all those years. ;( dogs can be man’s best friend – shame so many get abused by their owners. thanks for this moment. 🙂


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