Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We have had already two haiku of each of the 'big five', Basho, Chiyo-Ni, Buson, Issa and Shiki, and today we are going to start with our third 'round'. Today I have a rather controversial haiku for you by Matsuo Basho.
Basho was, and I think many of you didn't know that, homosexual and he loved younger guys. In his time it wasn't a secret (as it is still nowadays) that there were homosexual man, they were accepted as just a part of the community. Homosexuality is still not accepted in several countries, in some countries you can get the death-penalty if you are gay, but there are also a lot of countries in which homosexuality is accepted as just a kind of love between two humans as is heterosexuality.
I think a lot of you didn't know that Basho was homosexual, but in his time homosexuality was very common in the world of arts. In several of his haiku he writes about his homosexuality, sometimes in deeper layers and sometimes out in the open.
In the haiku for today he writes about his love for a guy. He not says it out in the open in this haiku, but in a deeper layer, in the meaning of the words he used.
Basho's Winds of Autumn
its leaves aren't scattered
winds of autumn
|Credits: Weeping Cherry Tree|
to bloom for Buddha