Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
'Till now it was every day a joy to prepare these episodes for Carpe Diem, but again a struggle to provide you with some background. I hope to write 'better' episodes, but I haven't always enough time to prepare the episodes. And ... during lack of time I am hopelessly behind with commenting on your posts a that, my dear friends, makes me a bit sad. You all take a daily effort to write and share your haiku with Carpe Diem and ... it's my goal to read all of your posts and comment them. So if you haven't received a comment on your post by me ... forgive me ...
Today we are sharing haiku on Zansetsu (remaining snow). Here in The Netherlands King Winter has come back after a week of Spring days. It's freaking cold (- 10 degrees Celsius) and sometimes we have showers of snow. So Zansetsu is right on this moment far away, because snow is covering the Lowlands.
|Zansetsu (remaining snow)|
“Zansetsu is an expression that is difficult to translate in English. In Japanese, it means “remaining snow” and it is the name of these surviving stretches of frozen and dirty snow that manage to outlast for a little while the arrival of spring; before they melt away, erased by the change of season. You certainly must have seen some while talking a walk in the countryside at the end of February or March, remaining melting snow at the turn of the path. Here today, we have no remaining snow, because it has snowed here. On his deathbed the haiku poet Bokusui wrote this last haiku, the last haiku written before dying is called 'Jisei':
Jisei nado, Zansetsu ni ka mo
The melting snow is odorless”
the last spots of snow
the remaining snow becomes dirty -
Spring is near
last ice and snow evaporate
plum blossoms blooming
|Credits: remaining snow (Zansetsu)|
The feeling in these three haiku is the same ... finally King Winter leaves the country and gives room for Spring. I am longing for Spring as I see the Narcissus coming in bloom in the city parc around the corner. No more snow and frost I hope ... time to see Spring coming in.