Haiku challenge number 396 – Fujiidera
Today’s prompt from Carpe Diem is actually three words: rhododendron, chrysanthemum and kingfisher. I have only managed to use one of them; all my attempts to include all sounded ridiculous or very false.
On the window-sill,
a crystal vase holds water
I have to admit chrysanths are not one of my favourite flowers. They’re nice among other flowers in a border and they look good in a vase, but I don’t understand the importance they seem to have in Japanese culture.
I think the perfume is important to some people, but I have a very poor sense of smell so can’t get excited about scent unless it’s very strong.
Rhododendrons are different. I really admire their flowers and when I was a kid I used to love running under the green bushes in a park and looking at the shapes made by the branches.
But the kingfisher’s beauty outshines both.
The Chrysanthemum in Japanese culture is a very important flower it is a symbol for everlasting love and life, for eternity so to say.
Nicely written haiku.
Thank you for your comment. I knew the chrysanthemum was important in Japan but not what it stands for. I suppose if one connects it with things like everlasting love it will seem like more than just a pretty flower.
The Chrysanthemum is almost holy in Japan