Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are almost halfway our third Carpe Diem month December. I have read wonderful haiku and haiku series on the classical Japanese kigo which are the prompts for this month. It's really awesome as I read all your nice haiku. It makes me proud and humble that I may be your host.
I will publish a new Carpe Diem Preview one of these days in which I will look back at the first half of this month.
|Credits: Hawk in Winter|
Today our prompt is Hawk (taka) and I am looking forward to your haiku. As I was preparing this episode I sought for a few examples of haiku with Hawk in it. I ran into the next haiku by Buson. It's a haiku with humor in it and I enjoyed reading it and could see the imagery in my mind.
kakitsubata betari no tobi no tarete keru
with a Hawk's droppings
Also Issa provided us with a nice haiku with Hawk in it:
otsu-e no oni mo niji to ya nukume-dori
even the painted devil
won't look ... little bird warming
the Hawk's nest
Explanation for this one by Issa:
On cold winter nights, Hawks capture small birds and sit on them to keep their bottoms warm, releasing them in the morning. Is this mere folklore or is it real animal behavior?
Issa suggests that the Hawk is a greater devil than the devil in the picture: a nightmarish child-snatcher whom even the devil fears to look upon.
|Credits: Japanese Devil|
Isn't it a wonderful prompt? In my region of The Netherlands, the Low lands, we can spot often Hawks whole year through. So let's go composing some haiku.
between bare branches
high above the white world
Hawks looking for prey
little bird caught
the Hawk is warming his butt -
stove warms my feet
Well ... I liked to write these haiku on our prompt Hawk (taka) for today. This prompt will stay on 'till December 16th 11.59 AM (CET) and later on today I will publish, 'cold crow (kangarasu)', our new prompt around 10.00 PM (CET).
Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with Carpe Diem's daily haiku meme.