Prompt: Carpe Diem – sparkling stars Respond to this haiku by Basho’s student, Ransetsu.
the childless woman,
how tender she is
to the dolls!
While this haiku (written several hundred years ago) can be seen as a compassionate reflection on the childless woman it can also be seen as reinforcing the view that the primary role of women is to have children. These days women do not have to conform to such narrow expectations. My haiku is inspired by a very happy and content friend of mine who has made a conscious decision not to have children.