Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This month of Carpe Diem is coming to it's end almost. We have had a wonderful month with beautiful Modern kigo for Spring, we had our first Ghost-Writer week and we had the CD-Specials by Soen Nakagawa, our featured haiku-poet for this month. And last but not least we had our first Tan Renga Squared Challenge ...
I am a little bit sad that this month will be over soon and that we don't have those wonderful haiku by Soen Nakagawa anymore, but ... well ... that's life (smiles) all things are coming to an end. I am still busy with creating our new prompt-list for May ... I hope to publish it asap, but before May 1st.
Ok ... another nice haiku written by Soen Nakagawa has to be here in the middle of our attention and I think I have found a wonderful haiku for your inspiration. I hesitated by the way to use this one, because it's a very uncommon haiku in which Soen Nakagawa uses 'penis'.
As I read that haiku for the very first time in the on-line magazine "Frogpond, 32.1 (2009)'' I was in a little shock. I had never read a haiku of a haiku-master in which the word 'penis' was used explicitly, but after a while I thought ''why not it's part of nature''. So I decided to use that haiku for this last CD-Special of April.
This haiku is one of Soen’s own favorites:
out over the steppes
awoken from a nap
It's so like Soen himself who used plastic cups for the 'tea-ceremony' and instant coffee ...
As I stated above I was in a kind of shock, but after a while a haiku by Basho came in mind in which he (Basho) is not using the word ''penis'' itself, but hidden in another image.
when my Morning Glory
In this haiku by Basho he refers to his penis ... not using the exact word, but ''my Morning Glory''. Of course its just a word, but I am more of the ''hidden word'' than of calling it by its name in haiku, but that's just the way I honor haiku.
|Credits: Morning Glories|
The goal of these CD Specials is to write a haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one given. So let me try to write a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Soen Nakagawa.
pulled out of the stone -
a new day rises
Well ... what do you think ...? It's for sure in the same sense, tone and spirit I think ... (blushing).
This Special episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 30th 11.59 AM (CET). I will try to post our new episode, Safflower, later on today. For now ... have fun!