Mizu No Oto - Every Image Has Its Haiku Contest - WEEK #9

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ten hiroku chi hiroku aki mo yuku aki zo


vast sky

vast earth – autumn is now

a passing autumn

Haiku by Kobayashi Issa

The Bananafish poetic contest!

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For those that want to unleash their poetic potential, here is how this contest works:

• Look at the prompt image and let yourself be inspired by it.

• Write a haiku related to the prompt image. The haiku should be composed by 3 verses with no title. The 1st verse should be 5 syllables long, the 2nd verse should be 7 syllables long, and the 3rd verse should be 5 syllables long again.

• If you aren’t confident with English enough, you can write your haiku in Spanish, French, or Italian as well. Only remember, if you write in languages different from English, please include an English translation for other readers.

• Post the haiku on your blog or in the comment section below this post. If you make your own post, don’t forget to put the link to it in the comment section below!

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Prompt Image:

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[photo credit: @f3nix]


Do you want to know how we evaluate the submitted haiku? These are the characteristics we search for:

• Kireji (切れ字), a cut between the 1st and the 2nd verses, or between the 2nd and the 3rd; the cut can be grammatical, as a sign of punctuation, or it can be a cut in the meaning, like two different images.

• Kigo (季語), an explicit or implicit reference to a season, that defines the time of the year in which the haiku is composed or referred to.

• Sabi (寂), the sense of the inexorable passage of time, the beauty or serenity that accompanies the advance of age, when the life of the objects and its impermanence are highlighted by patina and wear or by any visible repairs.

• Wabi (侘寂), the taste for frugal and natural things, rustic simplicity, freshness or silence; it can be applied to both natural and artificial objects, or even non-ostentatious elegance.

• Mono no aware (物の哀れ), empathy with nature and human life; the "feeling of things", nostalgia, regret for the passing of time, understanding of the changeability and of the transience without suffering.

• Yūgen (幽玄), sense of wonder and mystery; it represents the state of mind produced by the inexplicable fascination of things, the feeling of an 'other' universe, full of mysterious unity.

• Karumi (軽み), beauty in simplicity; poetic beauty reflected in its simplicity, free from preconceptions and moral judgment.

• Shiori (しおり), gentleness; the levity and the delicate charm that radiates from the verses, where things are evoked in the reader without aggressiveness or excessive explicitness.


Submission deadline: Wednesday 21th November, 11:59 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).

The results will be out on Thursday 22th November, 1:00 PM, GMT -7 (Pacific Daylight Time).

** I wish everyone good luck!**

Yours not so vast as sky or earth (nor big as Kobayashi Issa)



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Se trata, en verdad, de una foto muy buena y difícil. Los ejercicios preferidos por mí son los de @adncabrera, @gracielaacevedo, @calluna, @felixgarciap y @mfunbee. Mi voto es para para el ejercicio de @felixgarciap. Recoge muy bien los elementos que son esenciales, desde mi interpretación, de la realidad que nos ofrece la fotografía: la dureza de las construcciones, el contraste con el cielo, la presencia imponente de la estatua, y esa atmósfera de opresión que envuelve a lo terrenal. Y esto lo hace con palabras sencillas, directas, pero sugerentes a la vez.

It's really a very good and difficult picture. The exercises preferred by me are @adncabrera, @gracielaacevedo, @calluna, @felixgarciap and @mfunbee. My vote is for the exercise of @felixgarciap. It picks up well the elements that are essential, from my interpretation, of the reality that photography offers us: the hardness of the constructions, the contrast with the sky, the imposing presence of the statue, and that atmosphere of oppression that surrounds the earthly. And this he does with simple words, direct, but suggestive at the same time.


@agmoore stole the show for me this time


@calluan gets my vote


Todos los ejercicios de esta semana me parecen muy buenos. Mis haikus favoritos son los de @josemalavem, @marcybetancourt y @salvao. Me parece que son ejercicios de gran belleza y sencillez, la imagen de las nubes danzantes usada por @josemalavem y @marcybetancourt le dan un sutil movimiento a la inmovilidad y rigidez que persiste en la imagen. Mi voto dividido entre ellos dos.


My vote goes to @mfunbee. Enjoyed the haiku and the amazing participation displayed this round.

Oh, a bull statue
Sun shines on sand coloured stone
What a bright blue sky


Ahhh the more i read it, the more entertaining it is!


I think you nailed the light spirit a haiku should have. Your path is clear and I will follow your progress with interest!

Statue set in stone
Immune to warmth and shadow.
Beyond life's passions


I like the representation of the strength of a bull present in your haiku. It is like looking at the image of a cave painting and feeling that energy reflected. Nice work.


Thank you! I'm not much of a haiku writer--it's a new adventure for me. I just listen to my heart and count syllables :)


Is there another way to do it? Ha, ha, ha.


I love this.

In fact, it's what inspired my own. Although I'm not sure of the second line though. The shadow part. (I know the stone can't feel warmth)



Thank you! I love yours.
The second line of mine: immune to the metaphoric shadows and warmth of life. I thought of that as I watched physical shadow and warm sun fall upon the statue.



That's interesting...

I didn't connect warmth and shadow at first

That's a good one


The statue reflects almost the impassibility of the Zen disciple, a model to follow!

A relic forgot

Worshiped by wind and rain - smooth

Immortal in stone


The picture of this week to do the Haiku has been complicated but you have made it exceptional. You have mixed time (past and present) with natural and religious elements, but not with the hardness of the stone but with its immortality, with the symbolism of its eternity. I loved it. Congratulations @calluna


immortal in stone

Your haiku is strong and powerful. You express so much with so little words

I love this


Nice haiku! The reader can feel both immortality and impermanence, and the wabi sabi feeling for worn and old things

I guess I am terribly late.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my "haiku thoughts" since I wrote them already :D They are a bit too biblical :D

A false idol born
in the desert haze awaits
human hope to feed.


That's the spirit, deadline or not! 🤠 Biblical but a very original take Val!


Thanks ;)

MIZU NO OTO convoca
a conquistar el haiku,
y aunque no lo creas tù
la mente se me desboca
ese intento me provoca
impotencia, llanto, pena;
perdí en esa faena
con el pequeño gigante,
pues de ahora en adelante
su belleza es mi condena.


Wow! Thank you for this poem! The Bananafish is flattered! :D

La fotografía de esta semana fue un gran reto. Leí todos los haiku. En ellos hay una idea recurrente, la de contrastar la sublime belleza de lo efímero, representada por la intensidad del azul cielo y su bordado de nubes; con la belleza de lo duradero, representado por la escultura taurina. No hay dudas de que lo más hermoso es efímero, un aleteo del tiempo. Mis trabajos preferidos son los de @acostacazorla, @salvao y @marcybetancourt.


Very accurate and careful interpretation. Thanks for the comment!
If you had to choose one of the three, who would she/he be?

I am a little late so I will just post this here.

Under empty sky
a lonely strong statue waits
guarding a temple


Very evocative, but still simple. A great haiku, imho!


Aunque generalmente el toro es un símbolo asociado con el cielo y varios elementos divinos, es interesante ver como se subvierte esa idea en este haikú. ¡Espléndido trabajo!


Muchas gracias por tu comentario @bertrayo


Este haikú es muy hermoso y tiene mucha fuerza.
Me gustó mucho.


Muchas gracias estimada amiga @adncabrera. Saludos


Your words blends perfectly with the picture
I like the idea of strength here. The bull is certainly looking brave



Thank you very much dear friend.


Especially love "Carver above the clouds"




The wind can't take this thing with it. A firm haikú for a firm statue. Good one.


You put a warmth in my heart with your comment

Thanks a lot

This is my entry [ES/EN]:

Blanco reflejo,

extiendes tu vigilia

al infinito...


Reflection white
you extend your vigil
To infinity...



I like the infinity line

Sounds akin to @calluna's piece

My entry https://steemit.com/haikucontest/@marcybetancourt/mizu-no-oto-or-every-image-has-its-haiku-contest-week-9

Piedras del tiempo,
y en el espejo mítico
nubes danzantes.

Stones of time,
and in the mythical mirror
dancing clouds.

Amigos espero con emoción el momento de trabajar el haiku de la semana.

La impactante fotografía de @f3nix me hizo pensar mucho, buscando entre las banderas del mundo la que se observa en la edificación. En principio quise trabajar con ese símbolo, pero el haiku que les dejo se impuso.

Desde su cielo,

entre piedras solemnes

el dios se mira.

Es un verdadero placer leerlos.
Aquí dejo mi entrada:

Here be me entry for this contest here. Contains a fifty-word story tag-a-long because I felt it deserved a lil' memorial blurb dedicated to it.

Dejo para la consideración de ustedes mi participación: https://steemit.com/haikucontest/@acostacazorla/mizu-no-oto-every-image-has-its-haiku-contest-week-9. Suerte para todos.

My entry to the contest, Greetings to all

Verano azul
Perspectiva pétrea
Toro níveo

Blue summer
Perspective stony
Snowy bull

Greetings, @bananafish! Congrats and thanks for the great contest.
here is my entry: https://steemit.com/haiku/@tupamalo/mizunooto-everyimagehasitshaikucontest-week9-g8ngqowr38

En español:

Luz poderosa
de tu firme blancura
en el verano

Approximate translation to English:

A powerful light
radiates from your whiteness
under the summer

Se me estaba pasando poner el link de mi participación en esta semana.
Este es: https://steemit.com/haikucontest/@oacevedo/mizu-no-oto-every-image-has-its-haiku-contest-week-9.
Gracias y suerte a todos.