Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carpe Diem Special #11, Buson - fruitless blossoms

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to read all your wonderful haiku on 'New Year's Eve'. I have read wonderful haiku inspired on the prompt of yesterday (New Year's Eve). Today I will post our next Carpe Diem Special (no. 11) written by Buson.
I will only give the haiku by Buson and will not write a new one today. I have some lack of inspiration, maybe later on.

This is our new Carpe Diem Special:

adabana wa ame ni utarete uri batake

fruitless blossoms
are beaten by the rain
in the melon fields

I hope to read wonderfully composed haiku inspired on the one by Buson. Have fun and share your haiku with Carpe Diem. 

This prompt will stay on 'til December 13th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode of Carpe Diem with the prompt 'winter grasses (fuyu kusa)' later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).


  1. Do not fret, Kristjaan, ideas will come. I was in a black humor mood when I wrote mine last night.

  2. Have you notice that Buson uses a lot of words in his work? I found a haiku of his that has 22 English syllables. Little rule breaker, he was.

    1. I've noticed that Lolly. He was a big fan of Basho. Basho wrote his haiku several years in the so called Kanshicho-style in which he used more or less than 17 syllables. Sometimes the Japanese character script can't be translated in 17 syllables, because Japanese characters have more than one meanings. Buson's haiku have those problems too. So his haiku can be translated with more than 17 syllables.

  3. You just came out in time, Kristjaan! I take tomorrow's meme with me.

  4. Kristjaan, that was a tough prompt. But the Buson Haiku was wonderful, and contain a whole story. I am not sure I did a correct interpretation but it's a possible one.

  5. This was a hard one for me to Kristjaan, I'm not sure where mine came from but I hope you like it.

  6. I can not help what the muse immediately set forth to create ...

  7. Don't worry, Kristjaan, you are very busy making Carpe Diem grow and sometimes ideas are sleeping, like winter grass...
    Thanks for the special prompt you have chosen, lovely.