Since discovering Carpe Diem, a daily haiku inspiration blog site, the host, Chevrefeuille has opened a new writing form; one filled with deep richness unknown to me before and simply fascinating.
His recent addition, Distillation, challenges the writer to reflect on a classic poem – this one by Otomo Miyuki – then creatively come up with a haiku to complete it. A little note on this classical poem, Chevrefeuille writes:
“…this poem…[written]…after the Jinshin conflict (672),… Emperor Temmu…moved the capital of Japan back to Yamato Province…naming this new capital, Asuka.
Let me try distilling a haiku today.
Our Sovereign, a god,
Has made his Imperial City
Out of the stretch of swamps,
Where chestnut horses sank
To their bellies. – © Ōtomo Miyuki
Eager mind gallop
Write stories from the rubble
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Remember when some school assignments needed much distillation?