Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy to see how you all are interactive with CDHK. I am glad to hear that you all appreciate that new feature I created "Carpe Diem Vernacular". I will publish the first episode of CD Vernacular today, but first this.
As you could have noticed I have created a new CDHK e book "Tepid and Bittersweet" in which I have gathered all the entries of our 3rd and 4th kukai. I hope you all will like this new e book. It's downloadable at the right side of our Kai.
Okay ... today our prompt is snow viewing and it's based on Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", so its a modern kigo (for winter). There are several examples by Jane, but I love to share first a few haiku by our classical haiku masters.
let’s go snow-viewing
till we all fall down
the snow falling softly
snow country's snow!
a pale blue sky
|Credits; Snow viewing|
the tea leaves?
snow falls on mandarin ducks
hatsuyukino sokowo tatakeba takeno tsuki
emptying itself to its last flake--
the moon above bamboo
bring to the window
|Credits: Snow viewing by the Sumida River (woodblock-print by: Utagawa Hiroshige)|
I am not a big fan of snow, but as it finally covers the Earth I love to step in it barefooted to feel the softness and cold of snow. It's an amazing feeling and it always looks like a fairytale. It's sad to know that through global warming we will not have lots of snow anymore here in The Netherlands. I have seen snow, but to my grandchildren snow must be a wonder ... because they haven't seen it often.
the backyard looks like a fairytale -
on bare foot
I found a nice "modern" haiku about snow viewing written by haiku poetess Katsura Nobuko (1914-2004) and I love to share that haiku here as a kind of closure for this episode.
one by one the walkers vanish
whitely falling veils
© Katsura Nobuko
I will try to publish our new episode, Yukibare (clear sky between snowfall), later on.