Carpe Diem and Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Carpe Diem has several haiku challenges going at present. I like the one (number 1033) using a prompt by the Spanish poet Pedro Calderon de la Barca.
This is the prompt:
These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night’s arms.
There are several ideas here around day/night, the fleeting nature of flowers, the effect of time on perception of splendour/frivolity/pitifulness, whether flowers sleep or wake, and I’m sure there are others I haven’t noticed.
I decided to put the sleep first and look forward to the wakening:
As night falls, so do
the petals of the daylily.
In the summer moonlight,
buds of tomorrow’s lilies
prepare to open at dawn.
A beautiful page. Would be lovely to see more of your pieces at Catpe Diem; a soothing pleasure to read!
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Thank you so much for your kind comment. I always mean to do more responses to Carpe Diem prompts, I enjoy them a great deal, but time passes and I don’t get around to them.