Global Haiku Tradition • Kasen-Renga • Spring 2010


Through the Oak Tree

April 17, 2010


Lindsay Quick, Moli Copple & Jessica Claussen

Through the Oak Tree

Trhough the Oak Tree

A rusty leaf
Drifts by
Through the brisk autumn air

The farmer rests
Barren field

On the edge
The crow waits

The lone field mouse

In the eyes of the mouse
The moon reflects
Its final glimpse

Leaves break
The night’s slumber

Sunrise breaks the darkness
Black bird on the hunt

This time
It’s not for food

A piercing glare
Eyes his next victim

A lady black bird
Perches on the old oak

C+S forever
Carved in the bark

Years have passed
The memories remain

Moonlight shines down
On her grave
. . . Sarah’s gone

Snow and leaves pile up
Day by day

Lonely farmer
Becoming numb
In over his head

In the crows eyes
The farmer’s reflection

Oak tree blossoms
Some fall
To the grave

The farmer’s hope
Withers with them

The crow searches
For his muse

His desires are for her
To be by his side

She’s gone
Into the ground
Along with Sarah

Loneliness fills the night
Darkness falls

Two in the morning
Suddenly awakened
By the sound of her voice

He doesn’t believe
She is gone

‘Til death do them part
But soon
Death will bring them together

The crow lies
With lifeless eyes

Next to her grave
He buries
The last part of him

Nothing left to live for
The farmer gives up

Full moon peeks
Through the oak tree
Highlighting the noose

Once again
They find each other 30

The rusty leaves
Stir, before finding
Their final resting place

At the bottom
Of the oak

A pair once separated
By tragedy

A peaceful union
Once more

A gust of wind
Causes the oak blossoms
To take flight again

Suddenly awakening
The old farmer

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As a group we decided early on that we wanted the haiku to tell a story and carry a general theme throughout. It ended up being a little dark at times, but we all agreed that we liked that about it. We hope that this kasen-renga is cohesive, but at the same time keeps readers intrigued.


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