Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy ... we are celebrating our 7th anniversary and I am so glad that I can celebrate that with you all, ... my dear friends and haiku-family-members. This month we will look at the small creatures in nature, and than I don't mean only insects, but also small plants, flowers, fishes and more ... The choice was easy ... haiku is the smallest poetry form on Earth, so it's the perfect way to honor the small creatures of Creation ... Mother Nature cherish not only the big creatures, but also the small creatures ... so why not do a whole month about the small things of nature.
In our first episode I took a wonderful haiku by Basho and I have read beautiful haiku inspired on the first prompt "Sheperd's Purse". Today I love to look at another small creature in nature ... Issa wrote a lot of haiku about this small creature ... the fly. Here are a few examples of haiku by Issa:
don't be mean
to that horsefly
let him pass
like a mosquito, a fly...
while cooling myself appraised
by a horsefly
© Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)
Three beautiful haiku by Issa in which he clearly shows that he is appreciating all matters of nature great and small. Issa wrote a lot of haiku on small creatures ... so we will see him often this month.
I spot a mating pair of flies -
no salad today
I just had to bring a little joy or humor in this one.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 9th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, dragonfly, later on. For now ... have fun!