Spring’s Fragrant Array
Against lake breeze from the west
As it gathers friends.
Violets, lilies, lilac;
Hyacinth dance with humus.
Earthworms inhale to
Celebrate in their blindness
Spring’s fragrant array.
Today’s offering is an Oriental Octet. An Oriental Octet is an invented verse form that appears to emulate the syllabic pattern of the tanka and haiku. It was created by James R. Gray who requests the theme of the poem be nature. Characteristics also include an octastich (a poem in 8 lines), syllabic, 5-7-5-7-7-5-7-5 syllables per line, and unrhymed.
Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge. Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to a fragrant breeze (kunpuu).