Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are on our way, on an adventure, to explore classical Japanese kigo (seasonwords) and I am enjoying it very much, unless my every day struggle to write these posts. This month is all about classical Japanese kigo for Spring and I have divided this month in three parts. The first 10 days is about kigo for Early Spring, the second part is about Mid-Spring and the last 10 days are all kigo about Late-Spring. And of course there is our haiku master for this month Onitsura of whom I will share a haiku tomorrow in our first Carpe Diem Special for this month. I hope you all enjoy this month of classical Japanese kigo.
Today we share haiku on Usurai (thin ice). Even in early Spring sometimes it's freezing, not strong but still it's freezing. Those thin ice layers are wonderful. You can see the tiny waves of the water in it and ducks and other water birds can walk on it, but we as humans cannot. It's wonderful to see how the sun is shining on this thin ice and makes the water look like a mirror. Really awesome.
Usurai is a rather thinclear ice, usually sparkling and finely crystallized. It forms on cold spring nights and is gone when the sun comes out warmly during the day.
Shiki placed this kigo in early sping.
Before him, the reading was "hakuhyoo" and used in winter.
I ran into another wonderful 'name for thin ice' ... semigoori which means 'like cicadas wings' and that's a very thin kind of ice.
on thin ice
seeking close warmth
close to each other -
Have fun and be creative.
This prompt will stay on 'till March 6th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our first Carpe Diem Special of Onitsura later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). Here after you can read already the haiku which I have chosen for our first Carpe Diem Special by Onitsura.
tokitaru kane no ayumi ya haru kasumi
the bell from far away -
how it moves along in its coming
through the Spring haze