Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am a bit speechless today ... I read all your wonderful comments on "buried in moss" and they made me blush. Who am I to get such compliments, such nice and loving words. I am just a man who more than 25 yrs ago fell in love with haiku a little poem from a far eastern country ... Japan. In a way I have felt always a connection with something ... and now ... more than 25 years later, still writing haiku, I know for sure haiku has enriched my life ... I needed and still need that wonderful little verse in which I can fit my deepest feelings and thoughts. I am just your humble host and I am striving for making haiku well known over all the globe ... our wonderful Earth needs haiku ...
At the moment I am in a kind of personal crises because of a conflict with my work, but I always can "write my way out" with haiku. Maybe that makes my haiku stronger, because I am an emphatic guy ... stick a knife in my heart for my work, my family and my being as a haiku poet and I will recover with unconditional love also to the one who stabbed the knife in my heart ... This personal crises looks to occur every eight year ... not a coincidence I think. A music octave has eight notes and every "ninth" note resonates an octave higher ... every octave I have passed until now has brought me new insight and this new octave, this new personal crises, will bring me even more insight. Why? I am a spiritual being and I need this to place the first step into a new level of consciousness ... maybe this is what the Cosmos had in mind for me ...
Everyone needs sometimes a crises in his/her life ... than you can sit back, looking back to the past, bringing that past to the Now, this moment, and in this Now ... you can look into the future, the near future it makes you human ...
This is how I see Basho, not only as my haiku master, but also as my personal mentor. Through his haiku (and his life) I learn new insights who are fitting into my life ... every moment again, every day, every week, every month and every year. I think (call me a nut case or some fool) that's why haiku came into my life to bring me joy, but also sorrow, and to help me to overcome the sorrow and the sadness of things and happenings in my life to let me see and appreciate the little things in life. Those little things together becoming one big thing, one big heart, on big heart overflowing with unconditional love ... that's what haiku made me ...
Sorry guys for this long intro to this new episode of Carpe Diem in which we are this month on the trail with Basho. And today I have a nice haiku for you, and I hope (I think it was Lolly who wrote that in her comment on this months prompt-list) it has that joy in it, that it will amaze you ... Why for god's sake (my excuses for this strong use of a word) did Basho wrote a haiku about a cookie? What kind of cookie he meant? Certainly not our cookies, those little apps bound to websites. Was it a fortune cookie? With a great thought hidden in it? Or was it just a cookie, just common ... We will see.
With this haiku "buying a cookie" came a preface which I will share too.
|Credits: Atsuna Shrine (nowadays)|
I visited the Atsuna Shrine. The buildings were in ruins, the earthen walls had crumbled and were hidden in a field of weeds. Sacred straw ropes had been put to mark the site of the lesser shrine and rocks piled up to show the shrine itself. Ferns and mosses, growing as they will, only made the place more sacred and captured one's heart.
buying a cookie
even the ferns are withered
at a rest stop
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
As we read the haiku again than in the last line we can read that Basho took a stop to rest and eat something, so he was just eating a cookie, but in this haiku (with the preface) he makes this eating of a cookie almost a holy sacred moment ... what a man this Basho a true Saint.
tired of spinning
the cat takes time for itself
and washes his face
Well I hope you did like this episode, notwithstanding the long start, and that it will inspire you to compose an all new haiku.
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 9th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a wandering crow, later on.