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.
a single leaf
between pages of my book
from the yellow woods
my single yellow leaf
marks my choice
June 9, 2013