TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge – Candlestick

This is a French candlestick from the late 19th Century made by the firm of Gallé far better known for the exquisite Art Nouveau glass it produced. The Gothic rampant lion supporting a castle turret caught my eye at the regular Thursday Oxford Antique fair and although it has lost a little of its tongue and has a few chips, I could not resist owning such a lavish item especially since it had a match to another similar lion in the cloister of the college I was staying in at the time.

This 19th Century lion spoke to me across the ages when I saw him dusty and unloved amongst the detritus of the ages.

This 19th Century lion spoke to me across the ages when I saw him dusty and unloved amongst the detritus.

I popped him in a pot of geraniums today for no apparent reason and here is a little haiku to go with it which I started off in French but fled back to English after having trouble with the syllables. Any suggestions for a French version from better scholars of French than I would be gladly accepted.

The lion rampant

Bright defends the King’s castle

Against the darkness

French attempt:
Le lion rampant
défendez le château
contre les attaques de la obscurite.
My French Faience Lion was a surprising match to the one in the Magdalen Cloister.

My French Faience Lion was a surprising match to the one in the Magdalen Cloister.

Last week’s wonderful contributors can be found at a click of a button below.

First in – Tucked into two very interesting ideas although the thought of breaking a platter did fill me with a moments dread.

https://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/with-a-clatter/

Eat Me produced a wonderfully clever Haiku with classical references that added new layers to the Haiku form.

https://wormwoodwriting.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/platter/

Kate Martyn’s lovely alliterative piece spans cultures.

https://katemartynauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/444/

 If you would like to participate in TJ’s Household Haiku challenge then you can use any aspect of the household item for an inspiration. “Candlestick” could be the item itself, its subject, what it illuminates, where it came from, or where you got it from…be creative! It does not have to be an old or valuable candlestick…just whatever is about at home

If you are participating please write your post on your own blog and add your contribution as a link to your post in the comment section here and add “TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge” to your tag list on your own post so others can find you! Just click on the speech bubble at the end of this post to access comments.

If you would like more information about the challenge then you can view the instructions page HERE

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