(See this post for an explanation of what’s going on here.)
“[T]his is probably one of the very oldest poetical techniques. It has been guessed that early spiritual knowledge was secretly preserved and passed along through riddles….
“One can ask: ‘what is still to be seen’
on all four sides
of the long gone shack
The answer is:
“Or another one would be:
waving from cacti
“…The more intriguing the ‘set-up’ and the bigger surprise the answer is, the better the haiku seems to work. … keep it true, keep it simple and keep it accurate and make it weird.
“Oh, the old masters favorite trick with riddles was the one of: is that a flower falling or is it a butterfly? … if you wish to experiment (the ku may or may not be a keeper) you can ask yourself the question: if I saw snow on a branch, what else could it be? Or seeing a butterfly going by you ask yourself what else besides a butterfly could that be?”
– Jane Reichhold, Haiku Techniques
chewing the stale crumbs
of my future
new leaves stained with
gouts of fresh blood