Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
yesterday we had 'clouds' as prompt and today it's about rain just a coincidence that these two prompts follow after each other. I hadn't planned it that way, but I think it works in a great way.
Rain ... what is rain? I think you all know what rain is, but it seems ok to look at rain for a short moment.
I remember that we had several prompts in our CDHK history about rain e.g winter rain (december 2012) and midsummer rain in June 2013. So maybe this prompt is a reprise one, but to me that's not a problem. Today's prompt rain is also distilled from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", our leading saijiki this month full of wonderful modern seasonwords. In her saijiki she gives a lot of example haiku on rain. And it really is a joy to share a few of them with you all here today.
the green leaves accept
a sudden shower
on the grassy field
dew and moonlight
welcoming the spots
on my new cotton dress
© Jane Reichhold
As I was preparing this episode I ran into a South Korean singer-songwriter with the (stage)name Rain and I was really anxious to hear music written by him. So I sought on You Tube and found a wonderful song by him. Just a treat ...
A nice song I think, very modern .... but I enjoyed listening to it. Ok back to our prompt for today. Rain as part of summer brought me several haiku which I love to share here with you all:
lightning and thunder
finally the heat has gone
after a hot day
dancing in the Solstice rain
ah! that coolness
raindrops on my naked body
hot Summer day
And for closure a haiga which I made several years ago.
I realize that the choice of text-color isn't that great so I will reproduce the haiku on this haiga here another time:
raindrops on bamboo
shimmering in the sunlight
Enjoyed this episode? Than I hope it will inspire you to write an all new haiku and share it with us. Here is a new one composed by myself:
after a warm summer day
the sound of rain
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until June 7th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, a time machine episode, later on.