Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy to prepare an all new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Today our prompt is midday nap and it brought a haiku by Basho into my mind. So after I have shared the haiku by Jane Reichhold I love to share that haiku by Basho.
of incoming waves
|Credits: frog pond|
Basho wrote almost thousand haiku in his lifetime, mostly in the last ten years of his life. A big part of those haiku he wrote during renga sessions and while he was travelling through Japan. He wrote several haibun about his travels. His most well known haibun is titled "Oku No Hosomichu", "The Narrow Road to the Deep North". "The Narrow Road" was and is still a classical one.
a frog jumps into
the sound of water
putting the feet against the wall
it feels cool
my feet on the wall
a midday nap
|Credits: Matsuo Basho's tumbstone, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan|
'A midday nap' is not a well known haiku of Basho, but in my opinion it's a wonderful one. He goes back to the essential element of summer heat ... to cool down. In this haiku the cooling down comes from the cool wall to which he is putting his feet. It's just the simple experience of the cool wall on a hot summer day.
the heat makes me drowsy -
the cool stone wall