Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I wonder ... how long Carpe Diem will go on? I hope a life long, but that's not only up to me. You my dear friends are the incentives ... as long as you all post your haiku here Carpe Diem will stay on. I am so glad to see that we have gotten new contributors ... awesome!
Yesterday we had prompt #97, so another milestone is coming with a few days ... Carpe Diem prompt #100 ... I hadn't thought that Carpe Diem would come to such a milestone, but it has ... that prompt will be 'Angels', a lovely prompt I think, but that's about a few days. Let's go back to our Special prompt for today another haiku written by Masaoka Shiki, our haiku master for this month.
|Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)|
When he was 24, he had a 3 day walk around Musashino (fields around present Warabi-shi and Kumagawa-shi in Saitama Prefecture where there used to be lots of rice paddy fields and forests.) at the end of the year 1891, when he realized that word play would not enough to express the truth and that we should write things as they are. He had an open-eye to haiku for the first time. He composed:
It was his first haiku in the meaning of haiku ... as his role model, Matsuo Basho, did when he traveled through the Deep North of the Southern Island of Japan.
|Credits: Modern Musashino|
after a cold winter blast
rice paddy fields
left bare after the harvest
room for the cold wind
keeping my hat down