Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
In our first Carpe Diem Special by Buson of this month I shared a haiku by Buson on Mandarin Ducks. And today that Mandarin Duck is in the reprise. So it will be a bit difficult to write a new one on Mandarin Ducks, but ... well ... be inspired. For your inspiration I have sought they internet for another nice haiku on Mandarin Duck. This one is written by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694).
furu ike no oshidori ni yuki furu yuube kana
at the old pond
snow falls on Mandarin ducks
Let me tell you something more about this kigo Mandarin Ducks (oshidori). By the way the scientific name for Mandarin Duck is ' Aix galericulata' .
|Mandarin Duck (male or 'drake')|
|Mandarin Duck (pair)|
"Mandarin ducks in the dew" is a Chinese expression for unmarried lovers, though.
Even in the world of the Chines sexual intercourse instructions, there is the position "Mandarin Duck Union".
Mandarin Ducks, which are referred to by the Chinese as Yin-Yang ducks, are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor:
The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity. In reality, though, the ducks find new partners each year. Mandarin Ducks are symbol for happy couples.
reflecting in the old pond
|Mandarin Ducks (pair)|
This prompt will stay on 'till December 18th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will share our new Carpe Diem Special by Buson later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). That will be a surprise haiku I think, because I haven't found a nice haiku which I love to use. So ... be prepared (smiles).