Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another day in Carpe Diem's haiku paradise. As you all know we are busy with classical Japanese kigo (seasonwords) for Summer. And we have entered mid-summer. Today our prompt is Hotaru (Firefly). The Firefly is one of the most popular insects in Japan. Lots of Haikus and songs are written with hotaru in it. Why the popularity, I'm not so sure. At one point, hotaru could be located everywhere throughout the islands of Japan. However these creatures require very clean river and lake water and over the years have diminished a lot in the areas where they could be seen. The natural light is probably what creates the awe for the people in Japan.
There are lot of songs, pictures and so on about Firelfly. I love to share here a song about Fireflies. It's called : Hotaru Kara Satoyama (The Firefly To The Satoyama).
And there are several haiku written on fireflies. Let's take a look at a few of them.
This one is written by Gabi Greve:
the moon also shows
sparkling with fireflies
the rice planting boat
for calling fireflies...
planting a willow
|Source: Catchin Fireflies|
their fragile light caresses me -
no lonely night
the fragile light
of a firefly
in the twilight-zone between day and night
can I catch them?
the firefly with his soft light -