Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of our Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques in which I introduce several haiku writing techniques in cooperation with Jane Reichhold. We have had several nice techniques already, but the technique of this week is an awesome one I think. This week's CDHWT episode is about "Mixing It Up", an example:
reflected clouds fall apart
I don't know if this is a haiku in which this technique is used, but as I look closer to this haiku than it is possible that it describes an action of the author, but also as an action of nature. That's what this technique is about.
Let me give you a short explanation of this haiku writing technique:
covering the first row
of lettuce seeds
meigetsu ya ike o megurite yomosugara
walking around the pond
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
This poem can be read with the idea that the moon "walks" around the pond as it seems to go from east to west or that the author walked around the pond the whole night enjoying the full moon. There is an association between the bright, that surface of the moon and the light-reflecting surface of a round pond.
A wonderful technique to use I think. So I am looking forward to your responses.
This episode of CDHWT is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 4th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, for a while, later on.