sunflowers (cascading haiku)



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Tanka Splendor (part of the CDHK Family), sorry for being late with this new episode, but there were a few circumstances that took my time.
Autumn is almost running halfway so maybe you thought that I would create a challenge with an autumn theme, but no … it’s a summer theme.

This week’s task is to create a so called cascading haiku. What is a cascading haiku? Let me give you an example:

hopeful new day
available in yellowish
a great sunflower

a great sunflower
desirable to bright sunlight
bows its head to earth

bows its head to earth
a possible new flower opens
promising dreams

© Chèvrefeuille

A cascading haiku is built from at least two haiku, because you have to use the last sentence as the first sentence of the second verse. Look at the above cascade. The last sentence of the first haiku “a great sunflower” is the first sentence of the second haiku. The third line of that 2nd haiku, “bows its head to earth”, is the first line of the third haiku. This is like a wave, like a cascading river.


Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

This week’s task … create a cascading haiku themed “sunflower”. Create your cascading haiku and share it with us all through linking to the linking widget. Have fun!

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