Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This weekend is almost over and a new week starts within approximately 6 hours. A new week full of adventure, work, wonderful weather, beautiful prompts and so on. This week we will have a special Tokubetsudesu episode created by Sara McNulty. As you maybe remember she won this opportunity by participating in our special Christmas Kamishibai challenge. She has created a wonderful Tokubetsudesu episode to which I am looking forward and I hope to see a lot of wonderful responses by you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers.
Okay ... back to this episode of CDHK. This month we explore classical and modern kigo and today I have a beautiful modern kigo (extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", the online version). Today I ask you to write/compose haiku. tanka or another Japanese poetry form inspired on first light ... Maybe not really a modern kigo, because all Japanese classical kigo on "first" are mostly used in that special Japanese 5th season, New Year. But this modern kigo from Jane is bound to winter and that fits this month's prompt-list, all kigo from winter.
|Credits: Milky Dawn|
First light ... can be pointing to the departing of winter and the start of spring, but it also can point to the beauty of the first light on a cold winter morning ... Or, not especially for winter, the first light that children see as they are born ... looks more like spring, new start, new beginnings and so on, but ... it can be used also in that way.
Here are a few of the examples which Jane gives for first light:
nudging frozen clouds
the world without color
varying the light to fit
tracks in the snow
Three beauties I would say, but my favorite is for sure the second haiku. It's a scene which we can see often here in The Netherlands in this time of year and it's a magical, mysterious experience to see how the milky dawn slowly disappears to show the world in all her beauty.
the fragile light of the sun
reflects in the snow
just the sound of fresh fallen snow -
wandering over the moors
the rooster crows his sun greet -
the silence deepens
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will be open until January 13th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Harusamu (cool spring), later on.