Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This Carpe Diem month is about to end, just two to go and than a new Carpe Diem month will start. April will be a very special Carpe Diem month to me. In that month I will become 50 yrs of age and it's also the month in which I hope to celebrate my 25th anniversary as a haiku-poet. As I have told you all already in April the Carpe Diem Specials will be haiku of my own. I am writing under the 'nom de plume' Chèvrefeuille, which means Honeysuckle. I hope to share wonderful haiku. I think I have written almost 10.000 haiku (could be even more, but I have never counted my haiku). So I can choose from a broad range of haiku. But that's for our next month.
Today I love to share the last haiku written by our haiku-master of this month, Onitsura, for this Carpe Diem Special. I have given that haiku already in my yesterday episode and I love to give that wonderful haiku here again.
fills the empty vault of heaven
with the voice of the pine-tree
|Credits: Pine tree bonsai (visit this site, it's a wonderful site on bonsai)
- syllables count (5-7-5)
- a kigo (seasonword)
- three lines, but the classical haiku poets used to write their haiku as one-line
- in haiku is nature (and the place of human kind in nature) very important. It's sometimes called 'the poetry of nature'
- a haiku describes a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. (Maybe we can say: 'haiku ist einer Aha-Erlebnis').
- haiku is mostly based on the philosophy of the haiku-poet and in the classical haiku setting it was based on Zen-Buddhism.
Back to the haiku written by Onitsura. R.H. Blyth wrote a comment on this haiku in his Haiku Volume 3 Summer-Autumn. (Blyth wrote several books about Haiku, but his four Volume series Haiku is 'the Bible of haiku'.
pine trees reaching for heaven -
skylarks sing their song
high against the bright blue sky
in honor of the gods
pine trees and skylarks together
reaching for heaven
reaching for heaven
sending up my prayers and become
in touch with the gods
I think that I have touch the soul, mind and spirit of Onitsura ... I am blessed.