Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Our prompts for early autumn are over, today we start with classical Japanese kigo for mid-autumn and today we start with the most wonderful flowers I know. Today we share haiku on Ran (Orchids) the whole range of orchids is gorgeous in my opinion, so I am looking forward to all of your wonderful haiku on Ran.
I have sought all the sources which I use for our classical haiku masters and especially the sources on Buson and I ran into a wonderful haiku on Ran written by him in 1777. I love to share that haiku with you all here:
yoruno ran kani kakureteya hanashiroshi
orchids in the night
in their fragrance hidden --
the flowers white.
|Credits: White Orchid|
So, what all things do orchids represent? If you are an orchid lover, you'll be glad to learn that these exotic flowers are a symbol of love, beauty, and innocence in most cultures around the world. The word 'orchid' is derived from the Greek word orchids which means testicles, and the name originates from the shape of the root tubers of the plant. It is due to this reason that orchids have been associated with sexuality in many cultures. However, there's more to the meaning of orchids:
Perfection and Beauty
Because of their symmetry, and the straight lines on their petals, orchids represent beauty in symmetry, and are considered epitomes of rare beauty. In Victorian England, these lovely flowers were likened to a beautiful woman. Interestingly, even a woman's attire during the era had a striking resemblance to the flower. The people of ancient China considered these flowers as 'Lan Hua', or the epitome of human perfection.
Orchids are considered symbols of love because of the fact that the plants grow easily, and bloom under most conditions. During the Victorian era, it was a custom to gift exotic and rare flowers to show love and affection. It was even believed that rarer the flower you chose as a gift, deeper was your love. In parts of Europe, orchids were used as a key ingredient in love potions.
Orchids have so much to tell us, but mostly we have them in our home because they are so beautiful and I only can “that’s so true”.
bows his head in praise