Sunday, March 9, 2008

Prompt 2: Kindness

This week's prompt is kindness.
As an act of Buddhist kindness, Basho once ingeniously reversed a cruel haiku made up by his witty disciple.

Kikaku had said:
A red firefly
Tear off its wings
A pepper.

Basho substituted:
A pepper
Give it wings
A red firefly.

Basho again:
I wish to pluck fresh green leaves to wipe away your tears

k k k k k k k

How to Participate in One Single Impression
  • Post your poetry on your blog. This does not need to be today. You can post any time during the week.
  • Come here and enter your link into Mr. Linky. Other participants can easily find you by clicking your name in Mr. Linky.
  • Enjoy the beautiful poems of the other bloggers.
  • There is a new Mr. Linky each week so you always have to sign up on the current one. Please do not sign your name on Mr. Linky unless you are participating in One Single Impression.
  • Mr. Linky will remain here forever. A list of past themes is on the sidebar. You can check back at any time for information on a past theme.
Thank you and enjoy!


  1. This is my first post here. It has a bit of an introduction and then 2haikus follow!

    Hope you enjoy!

    Smiles and Light

  2. Hey I just like horsed=s so much also kindness as a habit...

    I don't know what the idea behind this (mr Linky) is unless I know the mening 'll signin maybe,

    Have a "kind" wekend
    JoAnn From Holland

  3. I'm back!

    Thank you so much for my first comment on my poems Sandy!

    Just lovely!

    Smiles and Light

  4. Andree,
    Thanks for bringing your technical skill to this blog and adding all the poetry links and the bloggers to this site.--as well as all the other technical work you've done.

    It certainly is a diverse, vibrant, and growing community. Thanks for making it so welcoming.

  5. am i the only one to think that basho's 'ingenious reversal' is neither witty, nor ingenious? perhaps there's some nuance lost in the translation, but i'm calling this round for kikaku.

  6. Thank you so much for this site... :~)

  7. Spring is pure kindness...Thank you for the prompt and the lovely site!


  8. A haiku.. of course. :)



  9. Kindness doesn’t necessarily have to be meek and mild, or does it?

    Richard Thompson practices kindness & rock'n roll...

  10. Thanks for this prompt - redemption
    of a former act of cruelty

  11. Andree, I have started an Art blog that I am posting all my artsy endeavors on. I have left it on Mr Linky this week. You might want to change from Greenbow, my garden blog, to my Art Blog.

    I am loving all this Haiku challenge. I keep trying to make my poetry haiku but it is just similar. Maybe I will hit upon it yet with practice.

    Thank you and Sandy for the encouragement and hard work to keep it going.

  12. Thanks for providing this opportunity to read and write haiku.

  13. My first time here! And it sucks!

    And please can I added to your blogroll?

  14. I am glad that OSI is doing so well :)

  15. thankful for the opportunity to post haiku to an awesome community of writers.. thank you again for picking up where ODP left off...

  16. After entering the link to the 2nd prompt in the wrong place, I've managed to put it here ... and I'm looking forward to reading what everyone else shared now. Thanks again for providing this opportunity.
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. I've posted my second... I'm going to make more of an effots to visit everybody this week.

  18. I didn't mean to link twice... Sorry about that.

  19. Once again, thank you for the opportunity to practice haiku and with such a wonderful prompt.


  20. I have never written "haiku" and am looking forward to learning more about it. I have added one of my poems here and I think you for the opportunity to do so.

  21. I don't know if this works but here is mine.


  22. What a great idea for a site/blog. I'm glad I found my way here. I will be adding you to my blogroll.

  23. I left two links this go-round, both with poetry, one with artwork by Andree in Vermont. Going ga ga. The point is, I wanted to haiku the heck out of this subject and get it out of my system, and for that I thank you. Come visit soon, everyone, or I will call down the forces of Ming on you!