Haiku Inspiration

My book club met today to discuss “Narrow Road to the Interior” by Matsuo Basho.  In 1689, the poet Basho walked the roads of Japan’s Northern Interior, and wrote about the physical journey as well as the metaphoric journey into one’s spiritual center. He was a master writer of Haiku, and included some to help in his descriptions of what he saw along the way.  Since it was another lovely shiny breezy day in LA, we decided to go for a walk while we discussed.  The following are some photos of what I saw along the way.


Hollyhocks, I love them.




Cactus flower.


For this last photo (below), I wrote a haiku to go with it.  A haiku has 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line.

Green heads, prickly hair

poking up through golden fields

like children playing.


If you are interested in writing haiku, check out the book, “Basho, The Complete Haiku.”  There are an endless number to read and be inspired by.