Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another Carpe Diem day is on, today we share haiku on 'silk'. Silk is an expensive fabric, because there is a lot silk needed for creating for example 'silk blankets'. Silk is a 100% natural fabric produced by the silkworm.
Silk was a trading article along the so called 'Silk Route'. The Silk
Road gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade, a major reason for
the connection of trade routes into an extensive transcontinental network.
terms "Seidenstraße" and "Seidenstraßen"- 'the Silk
Road(s)' or 'Silk Route(s)' were coined by Ferdinand von Richthofen, who made
seven expeditions to China from 1868 to 1872. Some scholars prefer the term
"Silk Routes" because the road included an extensive network of
routes, though few were more than rough caravan tracks.
|The Silk Route, the red one over land and the blue one over sea.|
Road or Silk Route is a modern term referring to a
historical network of interlinking trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian
landmass that connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean
and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa. Extending 4,000
miles (6,500 km), the Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk
trade along it, which began during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The
central Asian sections of the trade routes were expanded around 114 BC by the
Han dynasty, largely through the missions and explorations of Zhang Qian, but
earlier trade routes across the continents already existed.
the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations
of China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia. Though silk was certainly the major
trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies,
religions and philosophies, as well as the bubonic plague (the "Black
Death"), also traveled along the Silk Routes.
The main traders during Antiquity were the
Indian and Bactrian traders, then from the 5th to the 8th century the Sogdian
traders, then afterward the Arab and Persian traders.
I found a wonderful haiku written by Issa with silkworms:
uchinaka ni kigen toraruru kaiko kana
the whole house
pays them court -
It is said that the families with silkworms in their attics were very
careful of the silkworms' moods. They were careful not to make loud noises,
display discord, etc. because they needed the silkworms to spin uninterrupted
(a cocoon is made of one long strand of silk. If a silkworm stops spinning, it
may not have enough silk left to make another cocoon)
And another haiku also by Issa about silkworms:
tamadana ya hata-hata mushi no cha wo tateru
ancestors' altar -
for gnawing silkworms, too
a tea offering
ancestors' altar (tama-dana) is an altar for the spirits of the dead used
during the O-Bon Festival. The O-Bon Festival of the Dead takes place in the Eighth
Month in the old lunar calendar. At this time, people light lanterns to guide
their ancestors' spirits back home.
Isn't it a wonderful haiku that last one? Even the silkworms are honored during the O-Bon Festival.
When I was searching for another haiku on silk I ran into a haiku written by Buson. In that haiku he uses the 'Silk tree'. I didn't know that kind of tree, so I sought for a photo and I found one. As I look at that picture ... I am in awe ... what a wonderful tree.
This was the haiku which I found:
amenohiya madakini kurete nemuno hana
a rainy day
quickly falls the night -
silk tree blossoms
Albizia commonly called "silk plant", "silk tree" or
"sirise". Peculiarly, the obsolete form of spelling the generic name
- with double 'z' - has stuck, so that another commonly used term is
"albizzias" (though the form "albizias" is also found,
particularly in species that are not widely known under a common name). The
generic name refers to the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, who in the mid-18th
century introduced the plants to Europe.
They are usually small trees or shrubs with a
short lifespan - though the famous Samán del Guère near Maracay in Venezuela is
a huge Albizia saman specimen and several hundred years old. The leaves are
pinnately or bipinnately compound. Their small flowers are in bundles, with
stamens much longer than the petals. The stamens are usually showy, although in
some species such as A. canescens the flowers are inconspicuous.
Awesome, just awesome ... I am on a role with this prompt, but it's a wonderful prompt and I hope to see wonderful haiku on 'silk'.
Have fun, be inspired, be creative and share your haiku with Carpe Diem.
These haiku are my contribution for your inspiration:
arousing my senses
the sweet coolness of silk blankets
shared with my love
silk tree blossoms
in a soothing summer rain
trembling in silence
trembling in silence
silk tree blossoms, so fragile,
in a summer breeze
This prompt will stay on 'till January 26th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will publish our new prompt 'eyes' later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).
By the way do you have prompt suggestions? Please share them in the 'prompt suggestion' section. And I have already published our new prompt list for February.