Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,
As you all may know the Carpe Diem Specials for November are haiku written by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1823). He's known for his sad life (he lost several children at young age) and his haiku are wonderfully written like children's ideas. His haiku are all easy to understand, because of this simpleness. His 'nom de plum' was Issa, which means 'cup of tea'. So for this first Special of November I have chosen a haiku with tea in it.
|Kobayashi Issa (1763-1823)|
During his life time Issa wrote over 20.000 haiku and this is one the 20.000 haiku:
the year's first sky...
The year in which he wrote this haiku isn't known. As we look closer to this haiku we can see (and read) that he wrote this haiku in the classic season New Year (so somewhere between January 1st and January 15th).
New Year's day was a great day in classic Japan and was also called 'Great Day'. Why is this a haiku written in New Year? I think that's clear ' the year's first sky ...' shows us that.
For my own contributions to these November Specials I have created a new weblog on Issa I will try to write a new haiku (or a few) inspired on the ones by Issa and in his Spirit.
For this first November Special I have written the next haiku:
tea smoke wisps
on New Year's day
just like last year
Well I hope you're inspired. Have fun, be inspired and share your creativity with Carpe Diem.
This Special will stay on 'till November 12th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will publish our new prompt 'fountain' today around 10.00 PM (CET).