Kikaku’s poem to honor his master Basho, who had just died is filled with symbolism.  To a Westerner, these symbols are not always apparent.  To learn the history of Kikaku’s poem, go to Carpe Diem where Kristjaan Pannemann has written a detailed explanation.  I have attempted to imitate Kikaku’s use of symbols  to convey a deeper meaning in my poem.


 last gingko leaf 

              the snowy owl watching

  this bitter winter


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For Carpe Diem ‘ Kikaku – white crane’

How I wish to call
A white crane from Fukei,
But for this cold rain.