Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As I created our prompt-list of January I made a "cocktail" of classical and modern kigo. All the classical kigo were (almost all) very clear, but those modern kigo by Jane Reichhold ... that's really something else.
As you can see/read in the title of this episode today it's about beach and I think you all will understand that I was a bit amazed as I read "beach" as a winter kigo. Here on the Northern Hemisphere I cannot see that connection of winter and beach, but on the Southern Hemisphere it must be a wonderful idea to see that beach is modern kigo for winter.
What to do with this prompt, beach, on the Northern Hemisphere where I live? Well ... I don't know, but as I read the examples given by Jane in her "A Dictionary of Haiku" (the online-version) I started to see (and believe) that "beach" can be an example of a kigo for winter. I even tried to go to the beach yesterday ... and it was really an eye-opener ...
Here are a few example haiku by Jane with this modern kigo "beach":
suddenly the sun
at a beach picnic
lying on the nude beach
in thin white clouds
thoughts of snow
She had several other examples, but these were my favorite and especially that first example ... I can see that scene in front of me ... and I really saw that yesterday as I visited the "winter beach". Really awesome.
And than that third example ... I love to lay on a nude beach, but of course not in winter, but fully clothed walking over the nude beach has something. I just felt that I had to go bare footed there out of respect for the nude beach ... The nude beach ... gives me that feeling and if I would be there now I surely would take of my shoes and socks to feel the nude beach in winter.
wandering about the nude beach
in heart of winter
|Credits: beach in winter|
on the snow covered branches
a crystal necklace