Friday, June 13, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #9, Idyllic

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone by ... I had a busy week, but it's really my pleasure to introduce to you our new prompt for this week here at our Haiku Shuukan.

This week's prompt is Idyllic and here is the meaning of this word and some synonyms for it. Maybe it makes it easier to write haiku with it.

Idyllic means: extremely beautiful and peaceful
Synonyms or related words for this sense of idyllic

Beautiful: beautiful, glorious, stunning, breathtaking, gorgeous, splendid, exquisite, elegant, angelic, ravishing

and can also mean: 
extremely happy, without any problems
Synonyms or related words for this sense of idyllic

Pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing: epic, pleasant, enjoyable, relaxing, nice, pleasing, pleasurable, lovely, cheerful, restful

Credits: Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England - an idyllic village

One of our contributors to our other weblog, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, is Maniparna of Scattered Thoughts. As I was preparing this episode I ran into an "idyllic" haiku composed by her. Here it is:

romping with dry leaves
the idyllic afternoon
poured slumber in me

Another example, this time a classical haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) in which I think idyllic is in the deeper layers and this haiku by him is really a beauty in it's simplicity.

kids look,
let's get outside quick,

© Matsuo Basho

Well ... I think this prompt isn't very difficult, so I am looking forward to your haiku inspired on this prompt. Here is my attempt:

a new day rises -
the weeping willow on the piazza
a birds' gathering

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Weeping Willow
Now it is up to you my dear haijin, visitors and travelers ... let this post inspire you to write your "idyllic"-haiku and share it with us all here at Haiku Shuukan.

This episode is OPEN for your submissions at noon (CET) and will stay open until next Friday June 20th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next weekly prompt, Jacob's Ladder, later on that week.


  1. The word is a bit unusual but I find peace and happiness in's so nice of you to use my haiku as an example. I'm really honoured :-) Your haiku is really blissful you've said Basho's is really a beauty in simplicity... :-)
    I'll soon submit my post for this prompt ...

  2. Since I couldn't add my post link via InLinkz, posting it here :)