Carpe Diem -Back to it’s roots #3 “Waka”



At CD,our dear host Kristjaan has come up with a real tough challenge this time.This is what he says-

The goal of this episode of Carpe Diem’s Goes Back to It’s Roots is to choose a waka, you can find a lot of them on the Internet, and re-do that waka into a haiku. The haiku has to follow the classical rules as there are:

  1. 5-7-5 syllables
  2. a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
  3. a keriji or cuttingword
  4. a kigo or seasonword
  5. the poet him/herself is not present in the haiku
  6. and objectivity ” 


I have chosen the following waka to rewrite as a Haiku.

Love (3) KKS 656. Komachi.
  utsutsu ni wa In the waking world
  sa mo koso arame you must, I suppose, take care,
  yume ni sae but how it pains me
  hitome o moru to that you should keep out of sight
  miru ga wabishisa even in the realm of dreams.


My revised Haiku-

Separate lives lived
autumn’s glow brings no warmth
in dreams- of winter