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Life: the only game there is

The Three Fates

On the Carpe Diem site we have been set an interesting challenge – to write a haiku or tanka on the theme of ‘life is a game’.

This isn’t exactly a new theme for poetry, many poets in different countries, writing in different languages, have done the same, but it seems to me a bit unusual for haiku. However, us haiku writers can rise to any challenge, and I suspect that, in the ‘old days’ when Basho and his friends were holding (drunken) haiku parties, many way-out subjects were used.

Chèvrefeuille himself has given us a beautiful haiku as a model, tying the game to the seasons:

life is but a game
nature rolls the dices
seasons change

I haven’t managed to use the seasons, but I found the theme fits the haiku form well:

life is an endgame
only the Fates are certain
when the game will end.


Picture of The Three Fates from wikimedia.

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6 thoughts on “Life: the only game there is

  1. Wonderful poetry… you really caught the essence of the Carpe Diem motto… The Three Fates fit perfectly here as well… Happy New Year 😀

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  2. Four seasons of life
    birth, youth,midlife and old age-
    Death, then rebirth.


  3. I like this haiku … it feels spiritual.


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