Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,
Yesterday (May 27th) I had planned a CD-Special, but through lack of time I couldn't write that episode, so I do that now.
Our CD-Specials this month are all haiku written by disciples of Basho and today I have chosen a haiku by Kikaku (1661-1707), one of Basho's closest friends and students. Kikaku has almost the same attraction to the beauty of nature as Basho had and he (Kikaku) has written wonderful haiku. Later in his life Kikaku fell in love with the city and his haiku changed dramatically, but were all beauties. Here are two haiku written by Kikaku to inspire you all.
shuts me out for the night
a flock of swallows
© Kikaku (Tr. Michael K. Bourdaghs)
I shut the gate of my garden
ah! the Honeysuckle
|Honeysuckle (my pseudonym)|