Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black
The following series of haiku are based on Matsuo Basho's famous The Old Pond and frog haiku.They are my interpretations.Basho invented the haiku form.I just read the article titled Masters of Short Poetry (November 15,2008 Providence Journal Books) about him on the home page and found this challenge in his poetry section on PoemHunter where several poets have written their interpretations based on translations.All of the stanzas in my tribute haiku are written in the three-lined 5-7-5 syllable format.It reflects how I feel about Matsuo Basho's inspirational poem.I thank him for inventing this short poem style.
master haiku creator
frog old pond splashing
The croaking frog leaps
under the lily covered
pond splashing bubbles
follow the path leaping frogs
trail in the old pond
Frozen pose Zen frog
release then leaps under pads
the old pond's secret
The fourth haiku in this series is dedicated to a pet Zen frog we had named Prince Phroggy.This tiny species will strike a suspended pose and freeze motionless in the water for several minutes and then release itself suddenly from a Zen meditative state and swim very rapidly.If you keep several in an aquarium they will perform the frog version of synchronized swimming.
A green flash splashing
diving from lotus blossoms
wary eyes peeking
The old pond draws thoughts
What happens under water?
Frogs play happily.
Many green frogs jump
into the murky water
ancient pond absorbs
Ancient pond song shared
by little green or bullfrogs
needeep ribbit splash
Why does the frog jump
into the old pond's waters?
To avoid the pan.
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