Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I like to gaze at the stars, not only in summer, but through the whole year, but especially in summer stargazing, as is our prompt for today, is a great activity. Together with the one you love for example, or just with friends, No clouds at the night sky, the sultry summer night, the sweet perfume of trees, flowers and bushes. Just an awesome feeling ... surly worth doing sometimes (or more than sometimes).
On Shamrock Haiku I found a wonderful haiku written by Konstantin Kedrov about stargazing:
I look down –
puddle full of stars
© Konstantin Kedrov
And I remember a beautiful tanka by Greg Wolford, one of our CDHK family members, which he wrote in response on our first episode of "On The Trail With Basho Encore":
stars twinkle in the distance
memories flash by
times filled with our hopes and dreams
and innocence reigned supreme
© Greg Wolford
Of course the classical haiku poets like Basho, Buson, Issa and Chiyo-Ni for example wrote haiku about stargazing especially around the Tanabata Festival (a traditional Japanese stargazing festival) on July 7th for example this one by Issa:
an upturned face awaits
© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)
And I just had to share a haiku by Basho, which he wrote while gazing at the stars on Tanabata:
after star gazing
in a folding chair
a star gazer
© Jane Reichhold
Awesome to read all those wonderful examples of haiku on stargazing ... all those different styles ... thoughts and ideas behind it .... just awesome.
I had to share a haiku by myself, but I wasn't inspired enough, so I have an "oldie" for you all which I wrote in response on a haiku by Kala Ramesh (one of our featured haiku-poets):
wind chime resonates through the night -
stars shine bright
And now it's up to you my dear friends. I hope this post will inspire you all to write an all new haiku or tanka.
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until June 24th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, pines, later on.
!! PS. There will be no Time Glass episode this Sunday (06/21) because I haven't time !!