Saturday, July 20, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #94 Crow (Photo-shopping haiku)

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 21st at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. This special feature is meant to meditate and contemplate on a given challenge. For this weekend I have chosen for an episode of "Carpe Diem's Photo Shopping Haiku", that nice special feature in which I ask you to "photoshop" a given haiku. (More about this special feature you can find HERE)

For this weekend I have chosen a wonderful haiku by renown haiku poet (and my master) Matsuo Basho. I think you all will know this haiku:

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure
on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk 

© Basho (Tr. Stephen Wolfe)

And a little background on this haiku:

In 1689, five years before his death, Basho wrote this final version of this seminal haiku, which, according to many literary critics, ushered in modern haiku replete with its subtle yet profound power. It represented a revolutionary change from the shallow, pun-ridden, clumsy haiku of the
Danrin School that held sway at the time. In the words of R. H. Blyth, this 'crow' haiku by Basho was the watershed in "the setting up of his own, indeed, the creation of what we now call 'haiku.”

Basho's care in perfecting his crow haiku suggests that he was striving for a breakthrough nuanced innovation that he hoped would chart a new direction for haiku. Judging by the commentary of innumerable Japanese poets, scholars, and Zen practitioners who saw in this haiku a whole gamut of Japanese aesthetic principles and expression, Basho was successful.

And now it is up to you to create a "photo-shopping" haiku from it by leaving a small bit or transfer a small part for another part, other words.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday July 21st at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 28th at noon (CEST). Have a great weekend!

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