Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another day in Carpe Diem's haiku-paradise (smiles). Today we have Chrysanthemum for prompt. Chrysanthemums are the flowers of Autumn and Winter, it's a kigo (seasonword), for both seasons, but our classical haiku poets used it for Winter.
There are a lot of haiku written on Chrysanthemum and of course I love to share a few with you, my dear participants.
As you all know, I am a big fan of Basho (1644-1694) so I have chosen a few haiku written by him. I will first give the Romanji verse and there after the English translation. These are (in my opinion) wonderfully composed, but ... well I am a bit prejudiced ... so see for your self if I am 'mad' or that I am completly full of mind.
shira giku no me ni katete miru chiri mo nanshi
not a speck of dust
kasa no to ya higurete kureshi kiku no sake
grass-thatched hut -
as day darkens I'm given
kangiku ya amazake tsukuru mado no saki
winter chrysanthemum -
heating sweet wine
in front of the window
Aren't they wonderful?
There are several haiga (picture + haiku) on Chrysanthemum. I will publish a few here after.
And for today's prompt I have made my own Chrysanthemum haiga.
a whole new sensation
tickles my senses
This prompt will stay on 'till October 16th 11.59 AM (CET). I will publish the prompt for October 16th today around 10.00 PM (CET). The prompt than will be harbor.
Enjoy writing your haiku, be inspired and share your thoughts ... please leave a comment after linking.
PS.: I couldn't retrieve the owners of the first two haiga. If you're the owner? Please let me know, 'till than ... thank you for using these wonderful haiga.