The Great Wave off Kanagawa Haiku

05 Nov

Well as previously mentioned I am reading some “workshop” based anthologies about poetry.  An interesting challenge posed was to compile a haiku for the picture above (actually is a wood block print), titled “Under the Wave” or “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (in Japan).  I have given it five attempts (haiku is not my favourite but I am willing to try), hopefully you enjoy them.  Let me know your favourite.


Falling snow from above:
A wave, claws out drawing nigh
Hold tight, the sea rages


Snow falls:
Waves stalk prey
The craft trembles


Sun rises:
Seas top mountains
Rugged day to fish


Winter’s haze:
Fuji pales
To talon sharps
And waves fare well


‘Neath the mist
Fare well in wood:
Hands held at bay


Posted by on Monday 5th November, 2012 in Challenge, Poetry


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6 responses to “The Great Wave off Kanagawa Haiku

  1. Francina

    Wednesday 7th November, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    great Ku’s , each and every one.

    • withheldindarkness

      Thursday 8th November, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Thanks for that. Still learning them but enjoy the shortness and impact of haiku at the moment.

  2. bubblytee

    Friday 9th November, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Talon waves claw high
    Crest above the rage of white
    The craft trembles tight

    • withheldindarkness

      Friday 9th November, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Well written, I think this art work just has so many possible stories to tell and from many perspectives. Thanks for sharing yours.

  3. bubblytee

    Friday 9th November, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    # 4 is my favorite.

    • withheldindarkness

      Friday 9th November, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, added a fourth line to that haiku but thought it justified and needed to finish the haiku. Thanks for your comments.


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