Carpe Diem Haiku – Paradise Lost condensation

Condense the following piece from Paradise Lost by John Milton to a haiku

As when the Sun, new risen,
Looks through the horizontal misty air,
Shorn of his beams, or from behind the Moon,
In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the nations, and with fear of change
perplexes monarchs.

Wonderful challenge.

 Paradise Lost by Gustave Dore


Paradise Lost by Gustave Dore



during the eclipse
as twilight grips their throat
kings shiver also

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October 1, 2013

11 responses to “Carpe Diem Haiku – Paradise Lost condensation

  1. Awesome distillation Bjorn. If Milton an Basho had met eachother then I think they could find it very with eachother. Milton would be pleased with that short poem we know as haiku.

    Kristjaan (Carpe Diem)

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