Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke, was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history.

the crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.

over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

© Soseki Natsume

This is my attempt at haiku fusion, working on Soseki’s haikus

a naked tree trembles

as angry winds howl

seasons battle

©Vivian Zems

Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #6 A Leafless Tree (Soseki Natsume)

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