Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Yes ... you have read it right! A new feature at CDHK "On the Trail with Basho, Encore". I like this month a lot so I have decided to make Basho (and maybe later some other classical haiku-poet) a regular feature (say every week) here at our Haiku Kai. This is our first "Encore"-episode.
Basho wrote several haiku for his students and followers. He also wrote the next haiku for one of his followers named Rotsu (1649-1738). In the preface he wrote:
kusa makara makoto no hanami shite mo koyo
is the best to use when coming
to view cherry blossoms
According to Jane Reichhold, Rotsu was leaving to follow Basho's trip of the previous year to the Far North. Rotsu was rather notorious for his bad behavior. While in Zeze, visiting in a home, he broke a valuable tea container. Instead of owning up to the accident, he blamed another one of Basho's students. Basho got very angry with him over the incident. He only forgave Rotsu shortly before his death. But he was so concerned about the situation that he had left a note in his will of his forgiving Rotsu for this. Rotsu did attend the funeral service of Basho at Gichuyi Temple in Zeze and wrote a detailed report of the end Basho's life and death. (In this little anecdote we get to see a glimpse of Basho's temper which made him as human as you and I.)
a friend for today's accident
viewing the full moon
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 21st at noon (CET). Have fun! Enjoy the posts by Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet).