Haiku: Shasei

noon heat
the sparrow spots
a bread crumb


Written for Carpe Diem #1528 Shasei

Note: This haiku was written using the shasei technique encouraged by Shiki. Shasei (sketch from life) is the idea of depicting nature just as it is, without associations, contrasts, comparisons, wordplay, puns or riddles.

‘”Learn from the Pine!” To do that you must leave behind you all subjective prejudice. Otherwise you will force your own self onto the object and can learn nothing from it. Your poem will well-up of its own accord when you and the object become one, when you dive deep enough into the object, to discover something of its hidden glimmer…’ – CDHK