Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Sacrifice ... giving all, even life ... that's sacrifice, but what has sacrifice to do with haiku? Not much I think. To me writing haiku is no sacrifice, hosting CDHK isn't a sacrifice. Of course it takes a lot of time, but a sacrifice? No .....
On the other hand ... haiku has a lot to do with sacrifice ...! Every haiku-poet wrote a Jisei or Deathpoem. Sacrifice to the max. Living our life fully as a haiku-poet, close to nature giving up all luxery, looking for that one moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water to write THE all time perfect haiku ... day in, day out ... that's sacrifice.
I love to share here a few Jisei, death poems, of a few haiku poets (unknown and known):
way of the brush
bowing to the west
New Year’’s dawn
wander over withered fields
one with nature and the Universe
a haiku myself