Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #13, Kuheli of Kajori

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here it is (finally) our 13th Ghost Writer post. I am a bit late, but that you could have read in the update earlier. I am at work now and have a little moment to do what I had to do ... posting Kuheli's Ghost Writer post.

Kuheli has written a wonderful post about Chiyo-Ni, one of the most famous clasical haiku-poetesses. I can recal that we had her as our featured haiku-poet in February 2013. I remember that I started than with the following haiku:

taoraruru hito ni kaoru ya ume no hana

the flowering branch of the plum
gives its scent
to him who broke it off
© Chiyo-Ni

Here is Kuheli's post. Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku inspired on Chiyo-Ni with us all. Thank you Kuheli for this wonderful post.


Hi friends,

Myself Kuheli and I’m not a haiku poet. Don’t be surprised but it’s the truest fact of me. After a long wandering I have found haiku – it has that exact essence what I was looking for – to keep me connected to my root, NATURE. I always do have a fascination of language. Every thing has its own words to express its feelings (if we can use that particular word). A sparrow can’t talk to me in English or any other ‘our’ language – they can ‘chirp’ only. Simple!

But why on the earth I need to observe sparrow or think about them? ‘coz we all are sharing the same space – we all, with our individuality, are a significant part of a SINGLE nature. And ignoring this fact means put your own foot on cutter.  

OK, now let me introduce Chiyo-ni or Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703 - 1775) - she is considered one of the foremost women haiku poets.
She showed a childhood gift for poetry and had already gained fame for her haiku while she was still a teenager. Her early haiku were influenced by Basho and his students, though as a haikai poet in later period she developed her own unique style but her verses were mostly dealing with nature.  In later period of her life, around 1755 Chiyo-ni became a Buddhist nun.

And here goes my pick from Chiyo-ni’s garden -

suzushisa ya / suso karamo fuku / yabu tatami

the coolness
on the bottom of her kimono
in the bamboo grove

© Chiyo-ni

Very clear and natural picture - isn’t it? Now let me try to write one or two haiku as in the same spirit:

by the pond
a frog jumps into
in layers of her *saree
evening rituals

© Kuheli S

OK one should never stop to try difficult and new things. Bye for now. Let this beautiful verse of Chiyo-ni inspire you and keep you connected with nature.  I do appreciate your time and patience.

Well ... I hope you all did like this Ghost Writer post and I hope it inspired you to write wonderful haiku.

Here is my humble response on this wonderful post by Kuheli:

morning glories -
geisha in her silken kimono
rustles along them

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Geisha (photo by Greg Elms)

This episode of our Ghost Writer post is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 20th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our new episode, Creek, later on.



  1. Thank you, Kuheli, for introducing us to a female haiku poet. I love the example you shared with us -- and your incense haiku is especially delicate and sensual. Love it. Kristjaan - I loved your response as well. :)

    All the best to both of you. :)

  2. Wonderful to revisit her work...

  3. I agree Jen, your second haiku was really gorgeous Kuheli.

  4. what a joy to read lots of wonderful haiku shared by CD family members. And Kristjaan your response was just awesome! Can we have Chiyo-ni with us in sometime too? I just love her haiku. And we've Bjorn's vote with us too :P
    Many thanks Jen. The scent of incense in my mother's saree is something I always cherish about. A childhood memory and will be with me till my end. :)

  5. Kuheli, thanks for a wonderful prompt. I love the saree haiku too.

  6. Sents and sense to live for. Lovely.