A new Special today. The haiku by Basho he has written in the Summer of 1685. He was an well respected haiku master now and had several students. It's in this time (the last ten years of his life) that he travels a lot. His haibun 'Oku no Hosomichi' is one of his most known haibun. However the haiku for today isn't part of that haibun.
Basho's legacy of haiku are mostly haiku he used in Renga sessions. A Renga was a chain of poems and was written with more than two poets. Renga was a game that was played often at the Imperial Court. Basho was the haiku master that brought this game to the people and made it a joyful activity.
|Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)|
a butterfly flies
only in the field
It's a nice haiku and I can see the scene in front of my eyes. A meadow bathing in the sun, full of blooming flowers, the sound of a summer breeze and the dancing butterflies. A sereen scene ... almost meditative. How to write a haiku on this one ... with the same feeling?
butterflies dancing together
from flower to flower
the scent of a sunlit meadow
ah! the summer breeze
Well ... I think I have caught the essence of Basho's haiku. It was really a joy to compose these two haiku with the one of Basho for an inspiration.
This Special will stay on 'till October 19th 11.59 AM (CET). Our new prompt for October 19th will be religion and will be published today around 10.00 PM (CET).
Enjoy writing haiku, be inspired ... see you tomorrow.