Contest - 2022-ZenGarden-02 - Two Autumns

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Contest - 2022-ZenGarden-02 - Two Autumns


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I go,
you stay;
two autumns

~ Shiki (1867-1902)

"Two Autumns"

The prompt for our last ZenGarden contest of the year is a famous haiku often attributed to Buson, but actually written by Shiki – “Two Autumns”.  This poem seems to have a universal appeal and has been featured in many anthologies of great haiku. We are delighted to share it with all of you as our last ZenGarden offering for 2022.
Autumn can be a time of parting, of separation, but also a time of fulfillment. R. H. Blyth, known for his writings on Zen and haiku poetry, gives a beautiful description of Two Autumns:  “the whole of life is given here, our meetings, our partings, the world of nature we each live in, different yet the same.”
We invite you to use your imagination to respond to the haiku with your own story, using 350 words or less. 
Here are some stories from previous contests that might inspire you with their autumn themes!

Good luck in the contest! 

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  • Correct length (350 words or less)
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Be sure and include a reference to Autumn!
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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 month ago

A great start to my day here in Australia – a new prompt  🙂  Thank you, Voice-team, as always an inspiring prompt.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

Autumn, my favourite season!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Just like “A Poem for Autumn” about Mary Oliver’s words, I am going to use a famous quote as a spring board to create micro fiction. Some authors regard autumn as the end and yet the beginning; it is the end of summer but the beginning of harvest. One quote about the mosaic of autumn which I find inspiring is Vincent Van Gogh’s – “As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colours enough to paint the beautiful things I see.”

Thank you Voice.Club for this motivating prompt on autumn!

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