Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a wonderful spring day we had here in The Netherlands. It felt almost like early summer, I even could stay a while outside in the garden enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face. Yes ... it was an awesome spring day.
This month we are exploring classical and non-classical kigo for spring and today I have another wonderful classical kigo extracted from the Shiki saijiki for you all to work with. Our classical kigo for today is Hibari (Skylark).
|Skylark (woodblock-print by Bijutsu Sekai (1803-1896)
And here are a few haiku from my archive:
a love song by Chopin -
cry of a Skylark
in touch with the gods
pine trees reaching for heaven -
skylarks sing their song
And here is another example with this classical kigo created by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), my sensei:
hibari naku naka no hyoshi ya kiji no koe
through the skylark's singing
comes the beat
of pheasants' cries
Ofcourse I had to create a new one and that wasn't an easy task, but I think I succeeded with the following haiku:
high in the sky
the faint shadow of a skylark
hear! he praises the Creator
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 22nd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.