Carpe Diem Haiku – Kikusha-Ni’s ‘lost in the woods’ + Robert Frost

Today in Carpe Diem we are to write haiku inspired by Kikusha-Ni:

lost in the woods
only the sound of a leaf
falling on my hat

I immediately associated this to Robert Frost’s epic “the road not taken”:

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

My haiku is thus inspired by both these pieces.

The Sere and Yellow Leaf by John Atkinson Grimshaw

The Sere and Yellow Leaf by John Atkinson Grimshaw



a single leaf
between pages of my book
from the yellow woods

difference from
my single yellow leaf
marks my choice


June 9, 2013

28 responses to “Carpe Diem Haiku – Kikusha-Ni’s ‘lost in the woods’ + Robert Frost

  1. Thanks for this exciting post Bjorn. I love the poem by Robert Frost (I have never heard of him) and the way how you have connected it with Kikusha Ni’s haiku. Very nicely done.

    • Robert Frost has become one of my favorite poets. I think a further idea for a prompt in Carpe Diem is to write haiku inspired by classical poetry — What about doing Shakespeare inspired haiku?

      • Why don’t you see what haiku/senryu you can write with one of these five-syllable lines from Act 1 of “Macbeth”:

        fog and filthy air

        we three meet again

        his lavish spirit

        sisters hand in hand

        We’ll all be watching to see what “Macbeth” doth mean to thee!

        Sombrero

  2. I love that poem by Frost, second to a the one “and miles to go before I sleep”. Can never remember title and too tired to google. Lovely how you took the inspired poetry and translated to the Carpe Diem prompt. Complicated thought process with beautiful outcome.

  3. Very nice intertwining … thank you for sharing!! Long ago, I would pick up leaves and put in my books. I even have one framed. Thank you for stirring up that memory. 😀

  4. I recently stumbled upon this Robert Frost poem and exclaimed to my son about it (he is a 20 year old passionate poet – very gifted … and yes, I’m his mom … so… 🙂

    My son made was like “Yes, MANY people have liked this poem, mom” and here I was thinking I had stumbled upon a rare find” (I need to read more, my son said) Smiles and I am a new follower of yours.

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