Dear Haijin, visitors, travelers,
!! Sorry I am a little late with publishng this post. I was to busy to publish it on time !!
Another new day has come, after a wonderful Special by Buson, we continuing our journey through the classical winter kigo. We have mid-winter kigo ... today our prompt is 'Winter Grasses (Fuyu Kusa).
The word 'kusa' is used for all kinds of grass, weeds, herbs, wild plants, wild flowers and such. With 'fuyu' in front of it becomes 'winter grass' or in a broader meaning 'winter plants'. I have used this kigo for mid-winter, but it can also be used for all plants and such of the whole winter season.
When I was looking for haiku on 'winter grass' I ran into a wonderful haiku by Issa. Not a haiku on 'winter grass', but more of Spring.
waga kuni wa kusa sae sakinu sakura kana
in my province
grass blooms too ...
I found a haiku by Buson on 'early winter grass':
aki sarike ikukani narinu kareobana
the day has come
when Autumn is over
dead pampas grass
OK ... back to our today's prompt 'winter grass (fuyu kusa)'. Grass in winter looks yellow, light green or even brown. It's cracking beneath your feet when it is frozen and it becomes green again when covered with snow for a long time.
the grass under my feet
once covered with fresh snow
feels like velvet
|Credits: Winter Grass|
after the frosty night
the long pampas grass looks like
Aren't it nice haiku? The above picture is taken in my own country Netherlands when we had a big pack of snow. We have that kind of heavy snow fall often.
A last one:
bows beneath the snow
for Mother Earth
This prompt will stay on 'til December 14th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will publish our new prompt around 10.00 PM (CET) and that will be ... 'year market (toshi no ichi)'.
Have fun. Be creative and inspired and I hope you will share your wonderful haiku on Carpe Diem.