Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's Saturday again and it's time for our bi-weekly feature "little creatures". As you all know (maybe) Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) is THE haiku-master of the little creatures. Issa wrote a lot of haiku about the little creatures like bees, bugs, fireflies and, as we will see in this episode, about dragonflies.
As I was preparing this episode I visited the Haikuguy website were you can find every haiku known and unknown written/composed by Kobayashi Issa. This visit I especially looked at dragonfly haiku. Why? I don't know ... just because I like Issa's dragonfly haiku I think. I think the "dragonfly"-haiku which I have chosen for this episode is one of his most beautiful haiku on dragonflies.
|Credits: Rice Blossoms|
folds hands in prayer...
(c) Kobayashi Issa
|Credits: Qian Xuan - Early Autumn|
As you all know the goal of this Little Creatures feature is to write/compose an all new haiku inspired on this post and following the classical rules (as you can find in our CD Lecture 1) ... not an easy task I think ... but worth a try.
cherry blossoms bloom
first bees come to gather honey -
cherries in autumn
What a joyful haiku this is, it has caught the the essence of the task of the bees ... I like this one ... how pretentious (smiles) ... As you all know I am not such a fan of the 5-7-5 syllables structure, but I have succeeded in this one ... and it was a struggle. I love to share a second version of this haiku, but than in (as I call it kanshicho-style):
bees gather honey
cherries in fall
Which one do you like? Without influencing your ideas ... I like that 2nd version the most, because it's more my way of writing haiku.
|Credits: Bee on Cherry Blossom|
This episode is open for your submissions today at noon (CET) and it will remain open until next Saturday February 28th at noon (CET).