Carpe Diem Haiku “Silk”


I saw the prompt “silk”
Working Japanese children
Childhood memories
~~~
Luxurious silk
Small children work with small hands
Tired, sleepless, low wages
~~~
Silky soft, lovely
This seductive kimono
Children died to make

Today I read a few Haiku based on a Carpe Diem Haiku prompt. Vividly beautiful and and full of seductive colors and imagery. Yet all I could think of were the old Japanese movies I saw growing up, depicting the Silk mills of the late 1800’s and early 1900 with terrible working conditions for workers who were primarily very young women working long hours with low wages and succumbing to disease such as TB. I hadn’t thought of this in a very long time. But I realize I don’t own any silk. I never buy it and I wonder if my unconscious has been masterminding this silk-ban as a result of those movies. At least the topic inspired me to write these three Haiku. If you click on the Carpe Diem link above, you’ll find wonderfully written examples from other writers that more eloquently talk about silk.

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24 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Haiku “Silk”

    1. I suppose that is the history of most man made things. I liked your approach; silk used metaphorically and beauty emphasized when the “silk” came off … Very alluring

  1. Carpe diem! I have to go their website. I need more excuses for Haiku.

    I like your silk haiku. Very much haiku for social change. Great!

    Have you seen the images taken of the young women that make toys in China now? Same thing. Migrant young women, very low wages, sweat shop conditions who make the cheap Chinese import clothes, toys and electronics for us today. Not much has changed. Just different young women and girls in different countries making different stuff for the same old beast.

    1. You are so right, I bet if more people were made aware, things would change. I find it hard to believe people would want to use products that negate and ignore human rights (or animal rights for that matter). I was thinking you could start your own daily “Haiku for social change” prompt. Just a thought! Unless it already exists. Happy writing

  2. Oh I never knew about this practice until now… I wonder if all this is prevalent in India… I hope it is not… But thanks for writing this one… next time I buy silk, I will ask the man behind the counters with a stern look about where the product is coming from….

  3. Your Haiku touched upon a very sensitive issue..!
    The look and feel of silk is beautiful, and yet I haven’t ever thought about the process of making it so… Thank You. I shall look with more observant eyes in future…

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