Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First my apologies for being late with this episode of the Theme Week in tribute for Jane Reichhold. I am on the nightshift, so I hadn't time enough to create this episode.
In our almost four (4) years of existence I shared a lot of the knowledge of Jane according to haiku, tanka and renga. Several months came along in which I shared her passion for Matsuo Basho, the Haiku Writing Techniques and more.
She answered question in our special feature "Ask Jane" and in our special feature "Just Read" I shared sometimes an article by Jane. Even in our own e-zine "Souchou" I shared her knowledge. I am grateful that she gave me permission to share all the beautiful works of her on haiku, tanka and renga.
In this Theme Week episode I love to share another wonderful article written by Jane to inspire you. Please let me know through the comment field what you learned from Jane and please share haiku and tanka inspired on the article.
This article was written for and first posted on the Shiki International Haiku Salon, April 16, 1996. This article titled: "Another Attempt to Define Haiku" is a nice article, but it's a long read. I first thought to just publish an excerpt, but ... I didn't. I just will reproduce this article here.
a frog leaps into
the water of sound
a crow settles down
of the passion flower
and its legend
which only needs to be rewritten to be:
the passion flower
and its legend
the shrill of a cicada
out of the water;
out of itself
out of the earth
the pony takes with him
some mountain shadow