Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at this belated episode of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, there were a few circumstances which took my time, so my excuses for the delay.
Today our prompt is candles and it's extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku" (the printed version). As I started preparing this episode a haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784) came in mind:
shokunohiwo shokuni utsusuya harunoyuu
gives its light to another -
© Yosa Buson (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)
Candlelight ... brings warmth and happiness, but also fear because of the shadows it casts on walls or reflections in the window. Candlelight to me means however romance, warmth, love and more positive feelings.
|candles in the moonlight|
lighting a candle
the moon slips away
in a smoky cloud
replacing the candle
the full moon comes
in the window
into the dawn burns
© Jane Reichhold
All wonderful haiku with the modern kigo "candle" and the classic kigo "moon" what a beautiful symbiosis ...
Another haiku by Yosa Buson, makes this complete I think:
their color lost--
the light of the candle
on her face
Well ... I hope that Jane and Buson inspired you to create haiku or tanka. Have fun!
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 29th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, butterfly, also today.